Case Study

Parker Hannifin stalks solutions, pounces on TigrSoft software

TigrSoft Inc., an Edmonton, Canada, based provider of manufacturing, planning and scheduling software, recently sold three more software licenses to Parker Hannifin, bringing the total number of licenses sold to Parker Hannifin divisions worldwide to eight.

With more than $5 billion in annual sales, Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies, providing systematic, precision-engineered solutions for a variety of commercial, industrial and aerospace markets.

Under the terms of the previously negotiated corporate-pricing agreement, Parker Hannifin purchased licenses for three plants of the Brass Products Division of the Fluid Connectors Group in the United States. Parker Hannifin's Fluid Connectors Group is considered the industry leader in leak-free hydraulic and pneumatic-systems design. The Parker Fluid Connectors Group serves customers in a broad range of markets, including industrial, packaging, food and beverage, aerospace, marine, transportation, agricultural, plastic injection, analytical equipment, and construction and the military.

"The Brass Products Division will be using TigrSoft to create total synchronization of our plants, from raw material acquisition from internal or external suppliers into the manufacturing of component parts and through final assembly in any of the three facilities," Mike DeWitt, Parker Hannifin's Brass Products Division production control manager, says.

"We expect TigrSoft to help us better utilize the division's resources, communicate more effectively as a group, and position our division to get to the next level in terms of our ability to service our customer's needs."

DeWitt said that TigrSoft did "an excellent job" working with his division to help understand how the product would work. In the end, DeWitt said, this cooperation was a key element in the decision to select TigrSoft APS (advanced planning and scheduling).

TigrSoft's advanced planning and scheduling systems, a key component of supply-chain management market, are used by more than 50 major corporations worldwide to meet planning, scheduling and manufacturing-management needs.

Edited by Jim Lardear, managing editor of VerticalNet's Plant Automation, and Michael Lear-Olimpi, managing editor of Logistics Online.