Epicor is the data management engine at the heart of our team’s ability to streamline production, correlate components with telemetry data, and maximize vehicle performance.
Epicor logo to debut on Scuderia AlphaTauri cars at the Formula 1 Aramco United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas
“In our data-driven world, there is no offseason. The demand for high quality data and intelligence across every aspect of our business and racing operations is paramount.” said Franz Tost, Team Principal of Scuderia AlphaTauri. “Epicor is at the center of everything we do, and this technology partnership makes perfect sense for us. We’re able to quickly deliver the right information to the right people at the right time, which gives us a competitive edge. We are looking forward to go racing with Epicor for many years to come and achieve always greater results.”
In a racing environment where success is measured in milliseconds, real-time performance data and attention to every detail is critical. The Epicor Kinetic industry productivity platform for manufacturers enables Scuderia AlphaTauri to centrally manage all processes and data across its operation, optimizing every aspect of our production, inventory, component testing, and financials with greater speed, accuracy and organizational visibility. Just one racing car is made up of more than 14,000 precision components. Many of those parts are custom-made onsite by our technical designers and engineers. Historically, managing production of each unique part, understanding lifespan, and ensuring the right parts were ready for race day proved challenging with older, siloed software systems and manual processes. Today, with Kinetic, Scuderia AlphaTauri can automatically render an entire schematic structure of its racing cars and every part, all serial-tracked, and store a snapshot of that structure coded to a specific race. During component production, Kinetic automates the job creation process for each part, minimizing data entry and speeding productivity. The team also has granular visibility into which machine, operator, and tools were used to manufacture each part, helping develop cost-analysis models that inform make-or-buy decisions, as well as quickly correcting any production issues before getting to the track.
During testing, Scuderia AlphaTauri overlays all telemetry data collected on the track from the more than 900 sensors onboard each car, providing a precise and accurate view into individual part performance, when each part is installed or replaced, and predictive analytics. We can also automatically “unwind” the data to earlier snapshots of the car structure to pinpoint potential component issues and ensure a problem is not replicated. Epicor also plays an essential role in eliminating unplanned costs, over-ordering, and waste. With Kinetic, the team can better manage inventory and materials through every phase of production, particularly vital for use of carbon that must be maintained at a precise refrigerated temperature. Epicor provides immediate visibility into how much carbon fiber is in stock, its integrity and lifecycle, and real-time consumption, so the team never orders more than required. Kinetic also gives us advanced supplier quoting capabilities, allowing us to reduce time to receive a component from days to mere hours, to be able to fit a part the same day. For a sport in constant innovation mode, Epicor designed an upgrade service to automate software upgrades and minimize system downtime. The approach will help our team seamlessly migrate this year to the latest version of Kinetic without business interruption or additional operator training, which means more time on the track focused on what matters.
“F1 demands a commitment to excellence, something in which the Epicor and Scuderia AlphaTauri teams align,” said Paul Stoddart, Epicor CMO. “Epicor is excited to be an essential partner enabling the team’s constant drive for performance, something we strive every day to deliver for all of the makers, movers and sellers we serve worldwide.” The Epicor wordmark will debut on the AT02’s front wing endplates at the upcoming Grand Prix in Austin, celebrating the beginning of a long brand and technology partnership with the ERP innovator.
About Epicor Software Corporation
Epicor Software Corporation equips hard-working businesses with enterprise solutions that keep the world turning. For nearly 50 years, Epicor customers in the automotive, building supply, distribution, manufacturing, and retail industries have trusted Epicor to help them do business better. Innovative Epicor solution sets are carefully curated to fit customer needs and built to respond flexibly to their fast-changing reality. With deep industry knowledge and experience, Epicor accelerates every customer’s ambitions, whether to grow and transform, or simply become more productive and effective. Visit www.epicor.com for more information.