Development of an Integrated Manufacturing and Quality Control Information System — A Case Study

  • M. D. Stirling
  • D. J. Petty
  • D. J. Venables
  • D. K. Harrison


Ferodo Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of disc brake pads and drum brake linings based in Derbyshire. In 1994, the company went live with an integrated MRPII system. This system met most of the requirements for the control of the manufacturing organisation. There were, however, some key areas of the business controlled using separate systems. It was recognised that because the control systems were not an integrated whole, this led to duplication of effort and more seriously, it was not possible to exploit synergy between the different databases, in particular the quality systems. This paper describes how the requirements for the manufacturing and quality functions were met using a single integrated information system. It describes the methodology used for determining the overall system structure as well as the detailed design issues. Finally, the paper reviews how a separation of core and peripheral systems can reduce overall complexity when implementing Manufacturing Systems.


System MRPII Design Quality Implementation Integration 


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© Department of Mechanical Engineering University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. D. Stirling
    • 1
  • D. J. Petty
    • 1
  • D. J. Venables
    • 2
  • D. K. Harrison
    • 3
  1. 1.Salford UniversityUK
  2. 2.Ferodo LtdUK
  3. 3.Glasgow Caledonian UniversityUK

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