The launch of the new automated drawing approval application showed immediate ROI. Lempicki stated, “With the launch of the application in one location, we identified approximately 1500 hrs. of annual labor savings by automating the process and a reduction of $1000 in paper consumption annually, Estimating a standard labor rate this yields approximately $50K in annual savings."
SharpQuest went on to incorporate other drawing types so that the application could be rolled out to other locations for additional gains in cost savings and productivity.
Beyond efficiency gains, Lempicki recognized that the project had a positive impact on employees and suppliers, “The feedback on the project has been very positive. People like the fact that they were able to submit the drawing transfers themselves and the suppliers were able to get them the same day as opposed to waiting for the postal mail. They like the fact that it’s electronic and no longer have to work with paper copies. We also have the database which tracks all the information so that people are able to go back and see what was approved for a specific project.”
Since this project was such a success, Plastic Omnium continued working with SharpQuest on a project to combine and modernize four different legacy desktop applications used by their Engineering and R&D teams. This effort significantly improved productivity and data outcomes.