A high-tech tooling company whose on-line project management system helped it win orders in India has scooped the prize for best toolmaker in the recent Metalworking Production Awards.
Rojac Tooling Technologies, which makes parts for the aerospace and medical sectors, was recognised for its work developing the system which allows customers to see work in progress at the Wednesbury-based firm.
As well as live web cams being set up on the shop floors, customers are able to stay in touch with their projects via an interactive website. Timing plans, photos and CAD viewers allow them to track up-tothe minute progress on their work and the availability of 24-hour access is ideal for international customers.
For one customer in India, who wanted a mould tool to make in-car carpets, the entire transaction from quotation to delivery was managed via the internet.
Mr Blakemore said: "Some projects can last for several months at a time; this gives greater transparency, and
cuts down on meetings, travel and paperwork.
"We have customers in America, Europe and India, and this is very useful. It has helped win projects being customers like to stay in touch."
The online project management Creator system has been devised by Rojac over the past five years and is now being sold to other companies.
"It has cost us about £35,000 to develop, but we have got that back now." The firm, which has annual sales of around £4 million employs 46 and is aiming to take on more.
The Best Toolmaker prize at the MPA - held in association with the MACH and Subcon exhibitions at the NEC - would help it in the future, Mr Blakemore said. "Winning this award has raised the profile of the company and we are proud to have won it."