Manufacturing Case Study: Solar Tech Manufacturer Braces For Market Explosion

Feb. 20, 2008
Prism Solar Technologies prepares for growth with scalable, flexible ERP implementation from IFS

Prism Solar Technologies, Inc. manufactures a unique solar module technology, which is commonly used in a wide range of residential, commercial and industrial solar electric applications. With all signs pointing to a market about to catch fire, Prism needed to be able to react more quickly to changing market demands and implement process controls to accommodate its expanding business.

"Flexibility, scalability and control are critical issues for us as we project future business growth," Prism Solar President Rick Lewandowski said. "This is what we demand of our production facilities and of our business applications."

The "clean tech" sector is a great place to be these days, as market demand and government initiatives (such as renewable portfolio standards) drive an ever-expanding market for solar and wind power solutions. To help manage their part of this growth, company officers chose to implement IFS Applications at its Lake Katrine, N.Y. manufacturing location.

The implementation was carried out by a third-party -- Corning Data Services, of Corning, N.Y. -- which helped Prism Solar with their application selection process, and will further assist them in the implementation of IFS Applications. Prism Solar will implement the IFS Applications product suite of mixed-mode manufacturing, which will also be integrated with existing PLC devices and RF devices to automate its data collection processes.

According to IFS software, The high-tech industry is one of IFS' targeted vertical markets. IFS offers industry-specific solutions for companies in the electronic equipment, electronic component, and semiconductor industries. These solutions support all business processes, from design and mixed-mode manufacturing to after-sales support and warranty management.

"IFS Applications gives complex companies, like Prism Solar Technologies, the agility they need to meet the rapidly changing demands of their customers and the solar energy marketplace," IFS North America President and CEO Cindy Jaudon said, noting that "it's a pleasure to see our applications implemented by a company whose products provide a promising alternative energy source."

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