Case Study

R.E. Cooke

RE Cooke

Case Study Summary:


  • Military
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Electronics


  • Material Stock Control
  • Improved Labour Efficiencies
  • Control of Manufacturing Processes
  • Better Management Information


  • Shop Floor
  • Data Capture
  • Bespoke Crystal Reporting
  • Stock Control
  • Batch Purchase
  • WIP Reporting


  • Improved Stock Control
  • Visibility of Information
  • Improved Job Costing
  • Increased Efficiency
  • Tighter Control of the Manufacturing Processes

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‘‘Tighter control of the manufacturing processes’’

“Improved operational capabilities required”

Quality and reliability since 1934

R. E. Cooke operate from a modern factory in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, servicing clients in the military, automotive, aerospace, rail and electronics industries.

Their specialist services include design, laser cutting, punching, robot-welding, bending and machining and they can work with virtually any metal. They also offer a wide range of finishing services and products that can be delivered as manufactured, powder coated, silk- screen printed, electro plated or engraved.

R E Cooke’s commitment to quality and reliability ensured their increased success and growth and had led to their need for improved operational capabilities. They already had a computerised business system in place but, although it was functional, it needed updating. It could no longer manage their internal business processes as efficiently as a growing company requires and so they took the decision to invest in a Production Control System.

“We needed increased control and reduced costs”

Their main requirements for a system started with the provision of information to aid the decision making process They need improved control of the manufacturing process particularly the ability to manage the labour and machinery better and to use materials more efficiently.

“fast, accurate, flexible, user-friendly and very reliable”

After evaluating a variety of Production Control Software providers, R. E. Cooke selected Redthorn which they found to be a user -friendly solution to their problems.

A five user system with a Data-Capture Touch Screen was installed in July 2001. Users underwent 10 days training on the system which was then fully operational within three months.

“Friendly and helpful support”

R. E. Cooke are also happy with the level of after-sales help provided by the Support Staff at Redthorn which is available through telephone, e-mail, modem, Internet and on-site assistance. “The Support Staff are friendly and helpful,” comments Operations Director Mr Cresswell.

Module Focus: Purchase and Stock Control

R.E Cooke are able to use the Purchase and Stock Control Modules for:

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Aerospace Approvals
Sub Contract Purchasing
Vendor Rating
Bonded Stores
Material Procurement
Stock Valuations
Material Traceability
Stock Assignment
Sage Purchase Invoice Integration
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