Southco is an international manufacturer of specialist latches and hinges for a broad range of uses including automotive, aerospace and medical applications. Its customers include the biggest names in their fields, names who look to Southco for the highest standards of quality and reliability.
The company, which employs some 2,000 people across 20 manufacturing facilities and sales offices in the US, Europe and China, has always prided itself on being technology-driven. However, its production control activities had remained largely paper-based, with manual checks and tick-lists used to manage its rigorous production control disciplines.
While Southco believed its products and efficiency were world class, a culture of continual improvement prompted Southco to evaluate automated process control systems to further hone its quality and productivity.