SolVIS Automation

SolVIS Automation — Increases Production, Cuts Costs

SolVIS Automation, developer of automated workstations and machine vision solutions, creates complex, unique systems for higher throughput and higher quality in manufacturing plants. SolVIS has designed machines for medical manufacturers, cat furniture makers, aerospace, automated cotton inspection machines, and other bespoke needs, each requiring hundreds of parts combined in unique ways. While SolVIS excels at solving big automation problems, the “little problem” of buying, organizing, and managing parts inventory was holding back company growth.

Buying and managing parts and inventory the old-fashioned way (by Excel spreadsheet), was fairly easy for SolVIS in the early days. When developing just one big project at a time, it was possible to use multiple spreadsheets to keep track. But this approach couldn’t keep up with the firm’s growing success.

It’s not just all the parts… it’s all the OEMs… AND all related Distributors…

SolVIS has found working with Aligni has not only saved them money, it has also allowed them to scale. The Aligni tool is purpose-built for efficiently buying many OEM parts from many different distributors. Aligni’s competitive bidding feature makes it all possible.

Efficiently growing the business – saving time and money buying parts

SolVIS buys many parts – some individually, many in large quantities. Adam explains the process using the Aligni tool:

“When I buy 100 parts from 20 different OEMs, I need to buy from their distributors to get the best pricing. Each distributor can only handle a fraction of my BOM – one might have 20% of the parts, another might have 80%, no one will have ALL of them at the best price. For the best margins, I need to buy from some mix and Aligni helps me do this.

“For example, we recently imported a 300 item BOM. Using the Aligni tool, I was able to generate custom RFQs, tailored to each of 40 distributors (each with a different line card), based on my BOM.

“The ability to generate a custom RFQs, based on my BOM and tailored to each distributor, makes it possible to get competitive bids and save big money.”

Solution: Aligni at SolVIS — Purpose-Built by Hardware Developers for Hardware Developers

Aligni was built by hardware developers to specifically fulfill the needs of parts and inventory management – both PLM and MRP – in hardware labs and production.

As with many small and medium sized businesses, SolVIS has been adopting Aligni features over time – some PLM capabilities and some MRP capabilities – and intends to add the rest as time goes by. On the PLM side, they use Aligni’s part management, part alternates, approved vendor list, and BOM capabilities. Additionally, they plan to begin using the engineering change management functionality soon.

For their material requirements planning, SolVIS uses the build management features and multiple warehouse functionality. They also use Aligni’s ActiveQuote for supplier RFQs and issue purchase orders via Aligni.

Have you reached your Excel Tipping Point?

Early adoption of Aligni saves significant cost and confusion, freeing up time and resources for innovation.

About SolVIS Automation

SolVIS designs and builds intelligent work centers, automation solutions, and smart fixturing that increase production throughput. When operations need to reduce labor and increase quality, SolVIS makes it happen. At their world-class 15,000 square foot facility in Tennessee, a team of seasoned machine vision, industrial, software, electrical, mechanical, and manufacturing engineers find joy every day solving manufacturing problems.