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Southwest Steel Coil Implements STRATIX Metal Industry ERP Software

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Santa Teresa, N.M.-based Southwest Steel Coil Inc., a division of Calstrip Industries, a flat-rolled, cold rolled, hot rolled and coated products metals steel service center, has implemented Invera’s STRATIX metal service center software.

Southwest Steel implemented a full complement of STRATIX features such as on-line production planning, on-line slitter and cut-to-length setup functions, shop floor receipt of goods, shop floor production recording and packaging with bar code scanning, toll processing and on-line shipment planning.

“We selected a metal industry software with one main objective – what will help us run efficiently and provide excellent service to our customers,” said Ed Camden, president of Southwest Steel. “When our customers now call for a status of the order, we can tell them exactly where their order stands in our company, and the non-conformance reporting functions help us keep a close eye on any customer feedback and ensure our customers receive high quality products from our company.”

Southwest Steel benefited from the STRATIX unique solution to product coding that eliminates the use of traditional, complex and cumbersome part numbers. The STRATIX inventory coding is based on the metal product’s native attributes familiar within the industry, as well as eliminates the time required to look up part numbers for each transaction.

For sales, Southwest Steel benefits from the Sales Order Entry function, where the steel coil or sheet product can be entered along with the production specifications such as the gauge tolerance, width and/or length tolerance, coil min/max coil information and packaging.

STRATIX enables Southwest Steel to go paperless through the use of STRATIX on-line Production Planning.  From the production planning screen, multiple order items can be highlighted and grouped together to create a single slitting job. The planner can then specify the arbor layout, OD breaks, as well as additional slitting specific functions such as run full or partial, slit and re-slit and trim.

Southwest Steel also implemented the Non-Conformance Reporting function to manage complaints and claims. The NCR system allows faults and reasons to be recorded and later analyzed, along with the non-conformance life cycle from initial report to resolution with workflow notifications.

“We are a rapidly growing company where we focus on providing a high quality product in a timely manner,” said  Greg Baumgardner, vice president of sales at Southwest Steel. “A huge advantage of the STRATIX software was that we could implement the software with no modifications – we could implement fast and not spend our company time designing what we needed, and implement under a year and on budget.”

The implementation of the STRATIX software included sales, purchasing, receiving, inventory management, multi-step production, production scheduling, delivery and logistics planning, as well as non-conformance reporting, invoicing and financials.