Escape Velocity Systems : Innovated Chemical Technologies ERP Business

By: Thomas Cutler

Escape Velocity Systems (EVS) was formed in 2002 to combine specific industry knowledge related to process manufacturing, distribution, and ERP implementations with cutting edge software development. The company focus is to create tools that enable mid-market enterprises to achieve their goals, focusing on lean processes and ROI. According to President Evan Garber, "We realize that good ERP software is the hub of information in any process manufacturing enterprise. Timely, reliable, and centralized data are non-negotiable elements for businesses competing in the 21st century."

Kim Olesen, B.Sc.,C.P.P., Distribution Manager of Innovative Chemical Technologies Canada Ltd. (ICTC), is the Project Manager for the selection of a Process Manufacturing ERP (enterprise resource planning) system and worked on three other implementations in previous positions from a very large corporate environment to a small company size. Olesen selected O2, by Escape Velocity Systems (www.evs-sw.com) for a variety of reasons including:

&bullHow the system handled QA/QC
&bullThe system's ability to produce the necessary MSDS and TDG (transportation of dangerous goods) reporting and labeling
&bullThe system's ability to integrate blending and production (process manufacturing)
&bullThe system's ability to simplify the company's commercialization process by ensuring that product is put into the right package with the right MSDS and TDG labeling and will also address the safety requirements
&bullSage MAS 500's accounting/financial backbone is very strong with excellent drilldown and reporting capabilities, audit trails

What prompted the need for this new ERP system was the rapid growth ICTC experienced in recent years. According to Olesen, "We needed a system that would handle growing financial and process manufacturing needs; with O2 by Escape Velocity Systems, ICTC was able to get the scope and breadth out of the system needed plus the ability of the system to scale as ICTC continues to grow."

Morphix Business Consulting (www.morphix.biz), the strategic alliance consulting firm working with Escape Velocity Systems, was instrumental in helping ICTC select O2. Morphix came into ICTC very "low key" without pressure to buy; spoke about needs, business issues and pains without software pushing. The initial consultation was followed up with a demonstration to the main ICTC contact who was quite excited with the initial presentation and Morphix followed up with a second demonstration with a few other key players including lab and sales and the direct reporting vice-president.

ICTC's next step was to take to the project to the executives (including President/CFO); following this demonstration Morphix was asked to prepare a quote immediately; the project was approved without being budgeted (extra-ordinary purchase). Customer testimonial on the software solution were shared and Morphix had patience with ICTC during the buying process (15-month buying cycle), and helped with proving the ROI (return-on-investment) in the ERP purchase.

ICTC is a process manufacturer; process manufacturing describes a manufacturing process whereby materials are blended, cooked, or mixed as opposed to assembled from discrete units. Some needs common to process manufacturing industries are:

&bullFormulas (or recipes) are ratios, not static bills of material
&bullSplit bill of material: several products can share one formula, yet have different packaging
&bullFlexibility with units of measure
&bullStringent quality control, with recall ability
&bullLot grading / attribute tracking and calculation

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