Escape Velocity Systems & Trinity Manufacturing

By: Thomas Cutler

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

For nearly twenty years, Trinity Manufacturing has produced agricultural and industrial chemicals used around the world. The company prides itself on the high-quality products it produces, and on its ethical business practices that extend to customers, vendors, stockholders, and employees alike. Continually investing in its operations, Trinity Manufacturing recently implemented Sage MAS 500 ERP as the basis for its end-to-end business management solution.

"The business relied on Sage MAS 200 ERP for many years," recalls John Williams, controller at Trinity Manufacturing. "It's a solid product, but did not support our unique manufacturing requirements, so we ended up keeping a lot of information outside the software in spreadsheets, databases, electronic documents, even on paper."

The company analyzed its business practices and realized it needed a more powerful solution - one capable of handling all aspects of the growing business, including its unique process manufacturing and its complex multicurrency requirements. Williams had recently assisted another company in analyzing and selecting a new ERP solution. That company ultimately determined that Sage MAS 500 was the single best solution. The straightforward migration path from Sage MAS 200 and a successful business partnership with Atlantic Software Alliance, the company's Sage Software Business Partner, made the decision an easy one. "Atlantic Software Alliance was thoroughly professional throughout the process," recalls Williams, "they showed us how Sage MAS 500 and the integrated O2 Process Manufacturing product by Escape Velocity Systems (www.evs-sw.com) would meet our needs and support huge potential growth."

Escape Velocity Systems (EVS) was formed in 2001 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."

The term escape velocity refers to the speed that is necessary for an object to overcome gravity and soar into space. EVS provides direct applications for businesses looking for a catalyst, not just a software package. Process manufacturers require the best software solution coupled with industry experience that will accelerate the velocity with which they race towards their goals. The gravity of status-quo opposes aggressive, cutting edge organizations as they strive towards high quality and short lead time delivery while reducing inventories and operating costs.

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