United Streetcar Competes in Global Manufacturing Sector Effectively, Ensures Regulatory Compliance with Integrated Enterprise Applications
 
 

United Streetcar Competes in Global Manufacturing Sector Effectively, Ensures Regulatory Compliance with Integrated Enterprise Applications

United Streetcar LLC, formed in December 2005, is the only manufacturer of modern streetcars in the United States. It manufactured the first modern US Department of Transportation (DoT), Buy America-compliant streetcar in the United States for the City of Portland, Oregon. United Streetcar is a wholly owned subsidiary of Oregon Iron Works, Inc., a metals manufacturing company that specializes in mechanical and electrical integration and complex fabrication across diverse industries.

 
 

 
 

Challenges

A word from United Streetcar LLC

  • “With JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, we established a solid and scalable foundation for our young manufacturing company and gained the ability to scale as we grow. The system is instrumental to our ability to compete effectively as a US-based manufacturer.” ‒ Don Hutchison, Director of Finance, United Streetcar LLC

  • Establish discrete manufacturing capabilities and a financial management system tailored to this model as quickly as possible to support the company’s first streetcar order
  • Deploy an easy-to-implement-and-run, yet scalable, enterprise applications infrastructure as the backbone for a new streetcar manufacturing company
  • Achieve high levels of operational and manufacturing efficiency to ensure that the young company can compete in a global market
  • Gain the flexibility to meet individualized needs of each streetcar order
  • Provide accurate historical data that allows the company to continuously improve project costing and bids, as well as manufacturing efficiency
  • Comply with DoT requirements for documenting manufacturing processes and tracking serial numbers of vehicle parts and components

Solutions

  • Used Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne applications to create an enterprise resource planning foundation that meets the unique financial management and manufacturing requirements of the startup streetcar company
  • Gained the flexibility to support complete manufacturing as well as engineer-to-order jobs, as required
  • Deployed the financial, inventory management, and procurement modules in just four months, thanks to Oracle partner Jibe Consulting and its rapid implementation methodology, helping the company to support its first streetcar order
  • Allowed the manufacturer to track the components within each car as a separate asset to provide insight into production costs
  • Improved ability to track and analyze historical project cost data for more accurate and competitive streetcar bids and manufacturing operations moving forward—ensuring a competitive offering
  • Integrated work orders and inventory with specific streetcars and contracts to expand visibility and ensure the ability to track specific parts, components, and processes in case of a recall or part failure—as required by DoT regulations
  • Deployed a system that will scale as the company grows but does not need a large team to support it

Why Oracle

“Our parent company, Oregon Iron Works, operates under a job shop model. We needed a system that could support a true manufacturing model, but would also give us some flexibility for custom projects. Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne provides manufacturing, distribution, and financial modules that are a strong fit for our manufacturing model. As important, we could implement the system quickly, and it can scale as we grow. And, it doesn’t take a big team to run it,” said Don Hutchison, director of finance, United Streetcar.

Implementation Process

The implementation plan, scope, and approach sought to establish a basic infrastructure that would enable United Streetcar to establish discrete manufacturing capabilities as quickly as possible and build on these capabilities.

Oracle partner Jibe Consulting used its deployment methodology and Oracle Accelerate for Midsize Companies to rapidly create the project’s baseline configuration and build the foundation for United Streetcar’s financial, distribution, and manufacturing operations. Jibe implemented leading business best-practices for industrial manufacturing in just four months.

The company deployed JD Edwards EnterpriseOne financials, inventory management and procurement modules in September 2010, and it went live on manufacturing and distribution modules in July 2011. United Streetcar continues its JD Edwards EnterpriseOne implementation as it looks to add sales and warranty management modules.

Partner

“It was important to us to work with a local consulting team so they would be available onsite if needed. Jibe Consulting was local and understood the challenges of a brand-new company. We didn’t have any best practices, and we needed a partner who would help us develop new processes according to industry standards. The combination of Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, Jibe Consulting, and its rapid implementation methodology set us on a course for success,” Hutchison said.