Wyman-Gordon Houston Deploys Performance Management Solution

Manufacturer of complex metal components, products standardizes machine maintenance practices and management

Greenville, SC — December 1, 2003 — Wyman-Gordon, a Precision Castparts company and worldwide manufacturer of complex metal components and products, announced that it has chosen Datastream 7i asset performance management solution to optimize plant operations and create a standard for managing and maintaining machine assets at its Houston plant.

Wyman-Gordon provides titanium, nickel, steel, powder and aluminum alloy products to a multitude of markets, including aerospace, power generation, oil and gas exploration, medical, automotive, locomotive, food processing, and nuclear power. The company operates in five countries with 3,400 employees.

After evaluating numerous products and platforms, Wyman-Gordon Houston said it selected the Datastream 7i asset performance management solution to manage internal and external functions like work orders, requisitions, purchase orders and inventory management. Wyman-Gordon Houston will also monitor key performance metrics like machine downtime and maintenance costs.

"We are using Datastream 7i because it's flexible, easy to navigate and has capabilities that allow us to effectively track and manage our machine assets," said Nathan Wade, planning analyst of Wyman-Gordon Houston. "The implementation process has been efficient, and the support from Datastream's professional services organization has been instrumental in making the deployment successful."

Datastream 7i's analytical capabilities enable Wyman-Gordon Houston to gain a better understanding of its operations and to be better equipped to predict and prevent future downtime, according to the manufacturer. The company has also integrated Datastream 7i, through the Databridge advanced module, with Oracle enterprise resource planning (ERP) General Ledger, providing a transfer of financial information between the two systems.

"Datastream 7i is designed specifically for environments like Wyman-Gordon's where there is a need to optimize asset performance and integrate systems into a seamless IT infrastructure," said Larry Blackwell, president and CEO of Datastream. "By deploying Datastream 7i, Wyman-Gordon can reduce the costs of finished products by optimizing the performance of its production assets. Additionally, the company will be able to use asset data to drive business decisions."