Taro Manufacturing Company, Inc., located in Auburn, NY has recently introduced an enterprise software system and back-end procedures that allow the company to be more responsive to customers’ needs. As a full-line manufacturer of legacy ignition components, Taro supplies critical replacement parts to the automotive, marine, agricultural, and industrial markets.
These industries rely on accurate and timely information on replacement parts to fulfill orders for customers. Many traditional or "pencil and paper" systems cannot keep up with customer demands. Taro president, Rick Clonan, says, "the back-end systems are the first place to start modernizing and automating production for efficiency." Taro's enterprise software system is designed to optimize accounting, shipping and receiving, inventory control, production, and most importantly, parts number schemas. The part number schema is a key element for the replacement parts industry. Having the ability to look up part numbers and cross part numbers in real-time to provide fitment, location, price and availability information is critical to success.
The system has the ability to cross one part number to another in order to find the exact fitment for a customer. This is a luxury for customers that have ever had to navigate the complex world of ever-changing part numbers that include multiple OEM and aftermarket suppliers’ part numbers that can span over 100 years. In addition, much of the information can be ported over to a website that buyers can use to make purchases easy and accurate. If returns or stock exchanges are required, the system can easily look up any buyer’s historical information, including purchase orders and invoices. Purchasing information can even drill down into material batches that can be tracked to end products. This is helpful if there is a part failure, as a possible cause could be bad material.
The upgrade in computer systems is just one of the modernization efforts that Taro is making in their production plant in Auburn, NY. Other projects include new computerized production equipment, quality programs, and automation.
All efforts are in response to Taro's reshoring initiatives that aim to bring more production back the USA. For instance, Taro is believed to be the last US factory in the US manufacturing ignition caps and rotors for legacy applications. For more information visit Taro's website at taroignition.com.