Escape Velocity Systems Cited in Canadian Packaging Magazine

By: Thomas Cutler

In the September issue of Canadian Packaging magazine, manufacturing journalist TR Cutler suggests that, "According to experts, technology solutions that allow CPG manufacturers to integrate with financial applications enable the most efficient means of closely monitoring the flow of products to customers-subsequently building higher customer satisfaction and loyalty levels."

Evan Garber, president of Escape Velocity Systems, asserts: "It is critical for CPG (consumer packaged goods) packaging companies in the process manufacturing sector to improve internal operations through the use of planning, forecasting, analytical, and other software tools to identify and quickly respond to key performance indicators in manufacturing, sales, and promotions. With the right ERP solutions, CPG's can guide their operations to move more quickly and collaborate more effectively with partners and suppliers. Another benefit is enhanced communications within department to help reduce miscommunications that contribute to lost profitability."

When looking for an appropriate technology companies should also make sure that they cover the following specific technology issues:

&bull Multiple units of measure (UOM) with online global or product-specific conversions used throughout the system: from order entry through purchasing, manufacturing, shipping, and invoicing;
&bull UPC management;
&bull Private-labeling;
&bull Multi-level bills of materials with formula management, whereby producing one generic product allows the flexibility of repackaging it in a variety of packaging types;
&bull Various manufacturing routings with yielding capabilities;
&bull Expiration and shelf-life tracking;
&bull Location and product combinations (refrigerated vs. dry stock);
&bull UOM-based pricing;
&bull Attributed base inventory;
&bull Full lot tracking;
&bull Lot analysis with associated label printing;
&bull Quality control;
&bull Consignment warehouse management;
&bull Compliance support;
&bull Support for various types of barcodes across all the common linear and two-dimensional (2D) symbologies.

Escape Velocity Systems (www.evs-sw.com) process (formula-based) manufacturing software solution, O2 was designed by experts in the sector, which includes food and beverage, meat processing, chemicals, and health and personal care products. Process manufacturers usually blend or mix materials rather than cutting, shaping, or assembling hard goods. Hybrid manufacturers combine process and discrete components. A good example would be a cosmetic company that mixes a batch of lip stick bulk and fills the bulk into a base container (process manufacturing), then assembles this into a finished product with a packaging and label bill of material (discrete manufacturing).

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 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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