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Generon, a company that specializes in nitrogen generators, tracks everything the company is doing in FileMaker Pro.

Generon

Generon, a company that specializes in nitrogen generators, tracks everything the company is doing in FileMaker Pro, uses it to stay in sync with all their other facilities, and is enthusiastic about new features like Quick Find, Charting and Inspector. Rex Hardy has been using FileMaker Pro since 1993 and he has brought it with him to add value on each of his jobs. According to Hardy, each version of FileMaker Pro has brought remarkable enhancements.

Overview

  • Located in Houston, TX
  • Specializes in nitrogen generators

Industry

  • Medium–Large Business

Solutions

  • Instead of using a combination of Excel and Access, Generon manages everything in FileMaker Pro

Benefits

  • Charting is fast and easy
  • Information gathering and reporting is easier
  • Inspector is a time–saver and easier to use

I had been using another charting solution that required a lot of manual calculations and time–consuming work. Charting in FileMaker Pro 11 is unbelievably easy and fast. Our facility is ISO certified—and charting in FileMaker Pro enables trend analysis to help track and improve production efficiency and customer satisfaction.

— Rex Hardy, Generon, IGS, Inc.

Business Challenge

About two and a half years ago, Hardy joined Generon, a company that specializes in nitrogen generators. He introduced the company to FileMaker Pro software, offering an improvement over the company's previous management tools spread across Microsoft Access databases and Excel spreadsheets. After about six months of setting up FileMaker Pro to track materials for his vessel department, he began to transfer other company information into FileMaker Pro.

Successful Solution

"Once the owner and general manager saw all the information we could track using FileMaker Pro, things really took off," says Hardy. "Before I knew it, we had all sorts of layouts and tables to track everything the company is doing. We have facilities in California and Texas, and we all use FileMaker Pro to stay in sync. FileMaker Pro tracks every project from start to finish."

We have facilities in California and Texas, and we all use FileMaker Pro to stay in sync. FileMaker Pro tracks every project from start to finish.

— Rex Hardy, Generon, IGS, Inc.

The company is especially enthusiastic about FileMaker Pro 11 and its ability to create charts on the fly. "I had been using another charting solution that required a lot of manual calculations and time–consuming work," says Hardy. "Charting in FileMaker Pro 11 is unbelievably easy and fast. Our facility is ISO certified—and charting in FileMaker Pro enables trend analysis to help track and improve production efficiency and customer satisfaction."

Adds Hardy, "Another feature that we find very helpful in FileMaker Pro 11 is folders in the layout manager. Because we use quite a number of layouts, this feature makes it easier to go straight to a layout without having to scroll."

Customer Benefits

Reporting and gathering information is also easier with FileMaker Pro 11, according to Hardy. "FileMaker Pro 11 makes for great reporting and provides unlimited possibilities for gathering and finding information," says Hardy. "For instance, the new Quick Find is awesome. The ability to search all the fields across a database at the same time is a great idea." Says Hardy, "The new Inspector also makes it easier to format fields. You don't have to open and close different menus—everything you need is in one convenient place."

Concludes Hardy, "New FileMaker Pro 11 takes some great leaps in making data management easier, building on the ease–of–use that makes FileMaker Pro the great program it is. Each new version of FileMaker Pro since 1993 has offered a leap forward and an increase in usability. But FileMaker Pro 11 really stands out—I can't wait to put it to work at our company."

For FileMaker:

Kevin Mallon
Public Relations Manager
FileMaker Inc.
408-987-7227
kevin_mallon@filemaker.com
http://www.filemaker.com

For Generon, IGS, Inc.:

Rex Hardy
Generon, IGS, Inc.
Houston, TX