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³IMT CUSTOM MACHINE COMPANY, INC.: SELECTION OF A HARDWARE PLATFORM´
A Case Study Presented to the Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering of TRACE College
In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Course Software Engineering
CATAHAN, Jonalyn CRISTOBAL, Joseph ENCELAN, Wimbelle Kaycee NATATA, Richard Angelo NAVALEZA, John PADAON, Orville PARAYNO, Jake PASCUAL, Sheryl TAMAYO, Rodrigo HIBEK, Rhonald
.000 individual customers (as estimated) The case study was conducted to propose an intelligent strategy for the Information Systems (IS) Department of the Fort Wayne. the recommendations and solutions formed and the quantitative analysis of the examiners. they could not acquire the specific solution which will show them what modifications should be done and how would it be done.EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Client Name: Fort Wayne Plant (IMT Custom Machine Company.) under the supervision of Darrin Young Industry: Automotive Industry Employees and Customer: Over 1. which is the largest custom-machine factory in North America and subsidiary company of International Machine and Tool (IMTUSA). Indiana Plant. This study include the examination of the different subunits under the IS department. however. The IS division had made several proposals of incremental solutions to aid the urgent needs of their system.200 employees (as of 1998) More or less 500. Inc. The aim of the study is to propose a new and latest hardware platform that will suit best on the applications needed by the Fort Wayne¶s Information System.
These undocumented processes worked despite the incompatibilities among the three different technologies. WILMEC moved its ³medium horizontal´ production capability to Fort Wayne. Low margin and capital budget limits had prevented significant upgrades. numerous informal procedures emerged to handle day-to-day situations. In 1985. and medium-horizontal custom machines) that had originated from three different factories with three different engineering design systems. was constructed in mid-1960¶s specifically to manufacture the type of custom machine called a ³large vertical´. large-vertical. it is called ³large horizontal´. the GE technology is very different from the 2 custom machines which WILMEC produces. Fort Wayne continued its production until in mid1995 WILMEC¶s sold all of its custom machine engineering. which used three separate drafting systems as well as unique manufacturing processes. As the Fort Wayne plant evolved to support multiple product lines. Indiana. however. abandoned its custom machine business and sold it to WILMEC¶s. Very little capital had been invested to upgrade the operations during the last several years of WILMEC¶s ownership. With the 3 machine types. In mid-1993. It then evolved into a facility that supported three technically different products (largehorizontal. focused factory to a factory that was nearly closed (due to a lack of orders) and employed only a few hundred workers. GE¶s production equipment was then moved to WILMEC¶s Fort Wayne plant. manufacturing and sales operation to IMT. Not until IMT had completed the purchase of the technology and the factories in 1995 had a major capital upgrade program even been considered.CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION Background of the Study Evolution of Fort Wayne Plant The Fort Wayne plant facility. . GE Inc. After 5 years. IMT closed the Cleveland site and transferred the engineering and marketing staffs to either Fort Wayne or Chicago. originally from WILMEC. The Fort Wayne Plant transitioned from a busy single-product.
the plant was reorganized into three product lines.inherited from General Engineering during the acquisition. transferring data between the two systems. the heaviest use of the mainframe was from the computer-aided drafting (CAD) and engineering users.In early 1996. Each of the three machine types was considered a separate product line and profit center. The MIS personnel attempted to facilitate these mainframes. Its usage was approximately sixty-five percent (65%) of the current mainframe and about fifty-four percent (54%) of the S/390¶s CPU capacity. However this was not easily achieved due to information security issues. The Hardware Platform of the IS Division The IS division uses IBM mainframes: y y IBM model S/390.The current mainframe IBM AS/400. Since 1996. .
Statement of the Problem In this study the major problem is how to find a good decision and direction for IMT Information Systems without the need of exerting too much effort and money in the hardware platform or system¶s upgrade. Cited below are some of the specific problems of the case study: y How will the company balance the need for technological changes to continue accomplishment of routine task? y What are the problems encountered by the current IS environment? Objectives General Objective The objective of the study is to propose a new and latest hardware platform that will suit best on the applications needed by the Fort Wayne¶s Information System. . Specific Objectives y y To improve the software used by the company for several years. including the centralization and decentralization of computing. To evaluate the managerial issues of computing. y To make an assessment of which of the three (3) given options by Browning are more appropriate for the company to use.
Naturalistic observation was used since the objective is to examine each department for root causes of problems. This research design is also useful even if you know little about the topic. Research Instruments Since the research design has limited means to gather data. Data Gathering Procedure Data were gathered through data mining. This results with the advantage of being useful when budgetary decisions have to be taken into account. which is much easier than the survey and interview techniques.CHAPTER 2 METHODOLOGY Research Design The study used qualitative research at the beginning of the design process to uncover innovations. . websites and other documentations which is required to begin and to finish the study. It uses plain observation as a main source of data. The proponents simply took time in going to the school library and surfing the net collecting various information from books. the only research instrument used in developing the entire system was the case itself and some readings from the internet. existing studies and documentations. Sources of Data The study acquires data simply through observations.
From the different division the following findings below were notably considered: y Marketing ± This unit uses a mainframe negotiation program written in COBOL where results from the technical description of specification for a new machine of a customer .1 Data Flow among Functional Areas of IMT CMCI¶s Information System Figure 2.CHAPTER 3 DATA ANALYSIS AND RESULTS In this chapter. the data acquired through the examination of the different subunits under the Information System¶s (IS) division are further discussed.1 presents the flow of significant data among the different subunits under the IS division. Figure 2.
(A ³seat´ was one hardware CAD setup with a highresolution screen. keyboard. With the three (3) types of custom machine. y Human Resources ± There were no plans to connect the LAN with Fort Wayne¶s mainframe due to security corners over the confidentiality personnel records residing on the HR¶s computers. which were custom developed by GE¶s MIS staff on the AS/400. DBOMP could not handle the large drawing numbers and no one at Fort Wayne knew the DBOMP code well enough to make changes. y Drafting ± At Fort Wayne.were interpreted and has a Query System used to analyze data from ongoing negotiations as well as contracts won or lost. Besides. In this case. and a pointing device that functioned like a mouse. called DBOMP. the BOM (Bill of Material was manually transferred from the drawings into the BOM database system. y Admin and Finance ± The purchase order. Test department had several PCs connected to LAN. y Engineering ± This subunit was responsible for handling three (3) separate design systems for the three (3) types of custom machine that Fort Wayne produces. the MIS group was backlogged in supporting the rapid changes that were occurring at the Fort Wayne Plant. the HR organization was not even considered a local . CAD applications ran on the IBM mainframe and consisted of eighty-five (85) seats of CAD.) The development of the automatic drawing progress was very convenient with both CAD and the custom machine design program on the same platform. function button box. accounts payable and accounts receivable were the three (3) systems. y Manufacturing ± When all the drawings for a custom machine were completed. y Test ± Test information was written on a form that was interpreted and copied from the customer¶s specification in marketing and engineering.
3. electronic test result data were not shared on the mainframe but remained in the test department LAN only. PCs. And CAD and other major applications will be shifted off the mainframe to dedicated UNIX workstations. But the process is expected to take approximately 10 years before mainframes could be downgraded and migrated to workstations. One database would serve the entire UNIX network system. The Admin and Finance is the only subunit which is not under the current mainframe of the Fort Wayne. Workstation Computing. 2. . A strategy that will discard the mainframe. Centralized Computing. PCs in the Test Department are connected to the mainframe but only used occasionally. The systems for this department are developed in the IBM AS/400 mainframe. After acquiring the findings above. Install high-speed network to link all computers via LAN and install gateways to bridge between networks. This is due to the large number of drawings in CAD that DBOMP could not handle. the group cited specific problems encountered on some of the subunits of the IS. make significant investments in the UNIX workstations. Furthermore. Discourage the use of UNIX work stations and eliminate the AS/400 and place the Admin and Finance along with the other department systems in one mainframe. Commit to staying with the current mainframe for all important applications such as the CAD and the DBOMP though it would be a longterm venture. Below are three (3) major options presented by Charles Browning: 1.support issue because its applications were supported from the corporate MIS group in New York. when a computerized system failed to provide needed functionality. servers and LANs and will architect a full client/server environment. At the Manufacturing Department. and they were as follows: 1. 2. paper systems were created to support the information needs.
2 Cost of Maintenance (By Contact) A.1 Cost of Major Upgrade on Hardware Platform Software Component Costs Hardware Component Costs A.4 Payback Period Software cost components Travel and training costs Effort costs Salaries of engineers Social and insurance costs Costs of building. Quantitative Analysis A. This means that each decision would be made in response to immediate demands and on lowest risk and least expensive alternative at decision time. heating. lighting Costs of networking and communications Costs of shared facilities Hardware cost . Do not act yet.3 Cost Savings A.3. Wait and see what develops and decide only as circumstances force key issues. Watch Carefully. Cost-Benefit Analysis A.
the employees still managed to resolve the problems and make the company earn profit. the group decided to choose the third option. 3.CHAPTER 4 RECOMMENDED SOLUTIONS Proposed Solutions From the listed options developed by Browning. This would further result on incurring lower risk. A new DBOMP database for the Manufacturing Department would be created and replace the old one which cannot handle large number of drawings and materials for each type of custom machine. A high-speed network would be installed for faster upload and download of data from the mainframe to different PC¶s connected through LAN.´ During the examination of the study. Do not act yet. Plans The statements below are the developed plans of the proponents: 1. All unprocessed paper systems would be updated in the computerized systems to maintain accurate support of data and information. which is the ³Watch Carefully. we could make solutions directly to the root problems without involving the mainframe and other unaffected areas of the system. Timeline . the group discovered that even if the Fort Wayne was experiencing such problems in their Information System Division. faster payback as expected and additional opportunities would be available to evaluate new technology. Since the problems are evolving only on specific units under IS division. 2.
Conclusions After the study has been conducted. the proponents concluded that to be able to plan a working solution for an existing system. The proponents examined different units under the IS departments and searched for the root problems existing in the division.´ was chosen by the group as the best among the options presented and strategically developed the plans to solve the problems. ³Watch carefully. they could not acquire the specific solution which will show them what modifications should be done and how would it be done. which is a subsidiary company of International Machine and Tool (IMT-USA). The third option. .CHAPTER 5 SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS Summary The case study was conducted to propose an intelligent strategy for the Information Systems Department of the Fort Wayne Plant. however. Do not act yet. The IS division made several proposals of incremental solutions for the needs of their system. A careful observation and examination of functionality of units under the system must be done in order to trace the root causes of problems and to provide direct solutions to it.