Oconomowoc-based Paper-Less LLC is working to make manufacturing more efficient and competitive with a tool called the Paper-Less MV2. Short for “Manufacturing Visibility and Velocity,” the software allows customers to better manage activities on the production floor. “We help with everything from the receipt of purchased items through to the production process and ultimately into finished goods,” said President Mike LeRoy. “We are basically trying to manage communications between the office and the plant floor.”
Paper-Less, which specializes in manufacturing execution systems software and services, has about 250 primarily domestic customers who use MV2. One of them, New York-based CPI Aerostructures Inc., recently received an award along with Paper-Less for its use of MV2. The two companies won a Frost & Sullivan Manufacturing Leadership Council 2015 Manufacturing Leadership Award in the category of Engineering and Production Technology Leadership. In their 11th year, the Manufacturing Leadership Awards honor companies and individuals that are shaping the future of global manufacturing. “The Manufacturing Leadership Awards judges were very impressed with the steps CPI Aero took to streamline employee system log-in processes on the plant floor,” said Jeff Moad, Frost & Sullivan research director and executive editor. “In collaboration with Paper-Less, CPI Aero was able to improve shop floor efficiency, security, labor tracking, and production reporting, all while enhancing data integrity.” MV2 is different from other manufacturing execution system (MES) software because it offers a more “holistic” approach, boasting a variety of capabilities, LeRoy said. Unlike other MES solutions, LeRoy said, Paper-Less MV2 provides unique digital shop packets, which gives workers the supporting information they need to produce the right product, the right way, at the right time. MV2 also allows for deep integration with production workflows, meaning the product is integrated into the workflows on the production floor and detailed tasks are more defined. Its browser-based user interface lets workers access Paper-Less MV2 on personal computers and various types of mobile devices. It also offers multi-language support, in English, Spanish, Chinese, French and German. According to LeRoy, the abilities to more effectively communicate, to receive status updates in real time, and to analyze data historically are extremely useful for manufacturers, to improve their competitive advantage. “Manufacturing is going through a new surge,” LeRoy said. “American manufacturing is more en vogue, and we’re seeing the return of manufacturing jobs. We’re proud we can have an impact and help American manufacturing and manufacturing across the globe remain competitive.” MV2 is available directly from Paper-Less or through channel partners.