MONITOR G5 plays a key role in Chromogenic’s future plans
According to the Swedish manufacturer Chromogenics, energy-smart, or “dynamic” windows that can change color using electronics are the future. The company is now cementing its position on the market by setting up a new factory in Sweden for production of the special plastic film which enables the window’s smart functionality. And as part of this process, Chromogenics is moving over to the MONITOR G5 ERP system. “The system is just right for our future expansion,” says CFO Lars Ericsson.
Chromogenics started life as a research project based at the Ångström laboratory in Uppsala. A research company was set up in 2003, and 13 years later, in 2016, its first finished product was delivered to a customer.
ConverLight Dynamic is a window which changes color, depending on the light conditions. According to Leif Ljungkvist, the company’s CEO, this is a modern and effective way of saving energy.
“If it’s sunny outside the window lets in light, and when it’s not, it blocks the heat to prevent it from escaping,” he explains.
The company also makes the control unit required to operate the window, which involves a thin plastic film placed between the window’s glass panes. This is what makes the windows “electrochrome”, and makes it possible to control if it’s light or dark.
Chromogenics is planning to increase turnover by SEK 250–300 million over the next three to four years, and as part of this strategy has decided to move over to a new ERP system. Following an extensive process, involving several different ERP suppliers, MONITOR G5 got the green light.
“We need a system that supports our relatively complicated production process. You could say that each window we produce goes through six different stages before reaching the customer. One small error along the way can negatively affect the chain as a whole,” adds Ljungkvist.
All of the windows made at the Chromogenics factory are customized, but as Ljungkvist explains, although there are standard dimensions things are rarely straightforward.
“Modern buildings are often designed in such a way that the size of the windows must be adjusted somewhat. It could be just a matter of millimeters from the standard measurements. This is why we have to tailor production to the requirements of construction companies,” he says.
This is what we need to take the next step in our development. The G5 system is on just the right scale to support our operations.
In the course of choosing the right ERP system there were lots of visits from sales reps, and Chromogenics had a lot of questions to be answered. You have to be able to trust an ERP system throughout the product chain, to ensure the final product meets the buyer’s expectations without costing more than necessary to produce.
“Ultimately, we have to be sure we’re charging the right amount for our products,” says Ericsson, the company’s CFO.
He believes the other ERP system were either too large or too complicated for Chromogenic’s needs.
“At the same time, we feel that MONITOR is a system we’ll be able to grow with, and this is what we need to take the next step in our development. The G5 system is on just the right scale to support our operations.”
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