Space Age Electronics Finds Value in Bryley Business Continuity
No excuses is the motto Space Age Electronics’ founder the late Pete Mongeau instilled in his business. And that bluntly simple philosophy has helped steer the Sterling, Mass manufacturer through sixty years of dramatic growth. They apply their no-excuses philosophy to each customer’s evolving demands. And those customers have to be demanding, because often the Space Age product is there to literally save people’s lives: Space Age Electronics manufactures among the industry’s best-regarded integrated fire alarm and building automation systems panels.
The following case study describes how the manufacturer’s growth led them to seek the IT continuity solution provided by Bryley, as told by Space Age Electronics’ Director of Technology Ryan Mongeau.
To Help Coordinate Move to New Facility and Deploy New Computer Infrastructure, WRTA Turns to Trusted IT Partner: Bryley Systems
The Company: Worcester Regional Transit Authority
The Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) services the City of Worcester and thirty-six surrounding towns with a bus fleet that includes all-electric buses and many diesel-electric hybrid buses. As the second-largest regional transit authority in Massachusetts, WRTA features a real-time bus arrival information system that includes the latest advancements in communication technologies—with automatic vehicle announcement, locator and monitoring systems as well as dynamic message signs. The organization is operated by Central Mass Transit Management.
The Challenge: Find an IT Partner Who Also Understands the Big Picture
As the buildings that house the buses, the garage, and the computer data center began to age and experience environmental issues, the WRTA planned a major move into a new facility. The servers and the network were also reaching end-of-life status, so the organization decided to upgrade the computer infrastructure at the same time.
To Support Major Company Expansion, a Plastics Manufacturer Relies on Bryley Systems to Design and Coordinate New IT Infrastructure Deployment
From its establishment over sixty years ago, the company has achieved solid growth based on experience and the flexibility to move with the times. This plastics manufacturer supports product development with state-of-the-art injection molding and thermoforming production equipment to ensure maximum efficiency and to meet the changing needs of customers.
The Challenge: Deploy an IT Infrastructure to Support a New Facility
Following years of steady growth delivering container products to large retailers and small hardware stores across the U.S, the plastics manufacturer determined the time had arrived to expand its operations. The Mass firm ships about one-third of its products beyond the Rocky Mountains, and considering how much volume that buckets, pails and trays take up, shipping costs were beginning to increase rapidly.
This 100-year-old company designs and manufactures shaft collars and couplings. Innovation is a hallmark of the company with continuous refinement of its proprietary processes, such as special surface treatments, anti-vibration coupling hardware and precision honing. In recent years the company added metric rigid couplings, step bore rigid couplings, and motion control couplings.
The Challenge: Staffing Sufficient Expertise to Manage IT
The transition started when the internal IT administrator supporting the firm’s IT network and end-users decided to pursue another job opportunity. That’s when the company’s president decided to consider a new model for managing and maintaining IT systems.
“We traditionally handled IT in-house, but with the ever-evolving technologies, it was challenging to hire and retain people with the experience to properly maintain our systems,” the president said. “It’s difficult for a company of our size to attract high-end technical resources and keep them interested in supporting our environment.”
This cable manufacturer has offered comprehensive solutions to tackle a wide range of manufacturing needs. The company partners with leading companies to find better ways for designing and producing products—from cable assemblies to complex box builds—and then quickly ramps up to meet target dates and volume requirements. The forty-year-old manufacturer operates a 28,000-square-foot corporate headquarters/manufacturing facility, and additional overseas manufacturing facilities.
The Challenges: Prevent System Downtime and Forecast Future Technology Needs
The server running this manufacturer’s primary operations nearly crashed due to reaching its computing capacity. Realizing how close the company came to having to shut down operations, the company’s president knew the time had arrived to advance the relationship with its IT provider Bryley Systems.
The Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) service area includes over half a million in population and is the second-largest regional transit authority in Massachusetts, serving 35 communities. WRTA maintains a fleet of 47 buses including four clean diesel-electric hybrid buses for 23 fixed routes in Worcester and 10 surrounding communities. WRTA also provides para-transit and special services for elderly and disabled passengers. The organization is a state-run agency, and as mandated by federal law, is operated by a private company—RTA Transit Services, Inc.
An established custom mold-making and design firm is the corporate parent and driving force behind its engineering divisions. The company hires highly-skilled engineers, designers, and mold-makers to execute demanding design challenges. The company is a leader in the manufacturing of precision molds for the liquid-injection molding of liquid silicone rubber and injection molding of thermoplastics as well as thermosets, compression and transfer molding of thermoset plastic materials.