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Dana Corporation, one of the world’s largest privately held companies, supplies components to automotive, commercial and off-road vehicle manufacturers, as well as to the spare parts industry.
The company was established in New Jersey in 1904 with the name 'Spicer Universal Joint Manufacturing Company', by the homonymous engineer and inventor Clarence W. Spicer. In 1909 it became the 'Spicer Manufacturing Company'.
In 1928 the company moved to Toledo, Ohio, and was renamed Dana Corporation in honour of Charles Dana, who became president of the company in 1916.
Today, Dana Corporation is a multinational enterprise that employs 29,000 people in 300 production facilities scattered across 26 countries. In 2008 it recorded sales for 8.1 billion dollars.
In May 2009, James E. Sweetnam was appointed as the Group’s new President and Chief Executive Officer.
Dana Italia SpA is part of the Off-Highway Products Group division,
which belongs to the US multinational Dana Corporation. It operates in Italy through
the Heavy Vehicle Technologies & Systems Group - Europe.
The company’s Italian and European headquarters, located in Arco (TN), are
responsible for product development and manufacturing operations for traction
systems used in on-road and off-road vehicles for Europe and India. Three facilities in
Italy (Arco, Rovereto, Como) belong to this Division, as well as one in Belgium
(Bruges), one in India (Pune), one in Hungary (Gyor) and two worldwide research and
The Division’s facilities manufacture, assemble and market axles, gearboxes, and
brake and transmission systems with torque converters for self-propelled
farming/construction machinery (excavators, loaders, farm tractors, telescopic
elevators, etc.); they also offer spare parts and maintenance and repair services. The
Division employs about 1900 people, and reported sales for 923million dollars in 2008.
Dana Italia and the Reply Group have been working together since ’96. They started
with a project to optimise the manufacturing process of the Rovereto plant, located in
the Trento province.
In 1996, Dana Corporation decided to create in Rovereto, Italy, a new manufacturing
complex for the assembly of mechanical parts (axles) for earthmoving machines. The
company transferred all manufacturing lines to this facility, pushing for plant
automation and adopting the Click Reply™ solution.
In particular, Click Reply developed for Dana Italia a logistics system (Warehouse
Management) for automated warehouse management, the management of nonautomated
warehouse areas and the subsystem to monitor production on the
manufacturing lines within the Rovereto complex.
The system for material handling management and control and for production progress
monitoring installed in the Rovereto facilities is a software application that interfaces
with the company’s ERP, allowing the management and control of different processes:
Dana Italia has always maintained its investment in the Click Reply™ warehouse system, adopting this solution in all the facilities opened by the Division.
After the Rovereto implementation, Dana Italia has extended the use of the Click Reply™ warehouse management system to Arco and Montano Lucino, in the province of Como, which was opened in 2003.
Furthermore, in 2006, Dana Italia built a new plant in Gyor, Hungary, where it also exported the logistics and manufacturing model employed in Italy, using the Click Reply™ system for warehouse management, movement of materials to the production lines and the storage of goods.
In the last twelve years, Dana Italia has made large investments in the Click solution, using this system in four manufacturing sites in Italy and Hungary while adding new features over time.
The company recently installed a radio frequency subsystem (WiFi) for the movement of goods, using it to identify the products from the merchandise reception process to the assembly lines.
Click Reply, through the Click Reply™ WM solution, has contributed to the business development of Dana Italia, allowing the use of a single system to manage the automated warehouse, manual handling activities, and the supply of the production lines.
Click is considered by Dana Italia an essential investment to maintain its competitiveness and leadership position over time. The Click Reply™ system allows the company to optimise warehousing activities, speed up processes and reduce operating costs in the manufacturing sites where it is implemented.
As a demonstration of the value given to this product, in 2009, or twelve years after the first installation, Dana Italia not only continues to use the Click Reply™ warehouse system in all its facilities, but has also adopted innovative technologies, such as radio frequency, to support the movement of goods.
The application has been installed on virtual machines in some plants, which allows Dana Italia to leverage the scalability, security and recovery that virtualisation systems can provide.
Click Reply is a Reply Group’s company leader in advanced solutions for supply chain execution, based on its suite Click Reply™, developed using the most advanced and safe technologies, deployable on traditional environment or in cloud architecture.
Click Reply™ consists of several integrated modules: Click Reply™ Warehouse Management, Click Reply™ Yard Management, Click Reply™ Labor Management, Click Reply™ Warehouse Performance, Click Reply™ Warehouse Billing.
The solutions developed by Click Reply are successfully used worldwide by more than 300 companies and more than 20,000 users.