Electronics manufacturer Harwin PLC maintains growth and looks to Industry 4.0 using IFS

Offering EN 9100 / AS9100D quality certification for aerospace, aviation and defense applications, Harwin produces high reliability, industry standard interconnect devices and PCB hardware.

Seamless integration, zero modifications, centralized real-time reporting, data insight and greater operational transparency with IFS have all enabled Harwin PLC to sustain a 20% year-on-year growth trajectory.



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IFS delivers utilization, efficiency, and downtime reports, all used by everybody in the factory. We are pretty much live reporting what's happening on the shop floor. It’s an extremely powerful tool

Jon Dean

Senior Manager, Production Systems

About Harwin

Formed in 1952, Harwin is a global manufacturer of high reliability, industry standard interconnect devices and PCB hardware. With a network of distributors and facilities in the USA, UK, Germany, France and Singapore, Harwin has a portfolio of 20,000 interconnects and PCB components. Headquartered in Portsmouth, UK, the company employs 300 staff across the group.

Benefits seen using IFS

  • Multi-site, multi-country information held in a single system
  • Granular data visibility of manufacturing processes and performance
  • Agility and insight to manage rapid growth
  • Increased employee productivity
  • Accurate planning for new product introductions

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Deciding factors: transparency with ease

As part of the selection process, Harwin team went out to tender with some 10 ERP vendors. “We shortlisted that down to five, ran demonstrations with three and, following site visits, it became very clear that IFS would be the solution for us", says Simon Stairs.

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