Garber From Escape Velocity Systems Cited in Industry 2.0

By: Thomas Cutler

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.

The challenge, according to Evan Garber, President of Escape Velocity Systems (www.evs-sw.com), "When changes to the QC database do not affect current inventory in the ERP system, someone must make adjustments or physically segregate the materials in the warehouse so that they are not used. This practice leads to errors, untimely data, and the possibility of using or shipping something that was not approved."

According to Manufacturing Journalist, TR Cutler in the current issue of Industry 2.0, production reporting is not timely enough to affect the current day's production. With an active and integrated system, production is notified immediately if yields or costs go outside of specifications. Most food quality business must track attributes, such as: solids content, nutritional details, sugar content, and color on a lot-by-lot basis. These food manufacturers often have different attribute specifications for different customers. Because the ERP is used for inventory control, the ERP system is a perfect place to manage these complexities and generate the customer-specific Certificate of Analysis.

High competition, highly variable material costs, regulatory requirements and quality management are some key challenges to food and beverage industry profitability. Escape Velocity Systems' Garber concluded, "To succeed in these food and beverage industries, firms must have an immediate grasp of production and product margins, and be able to make timely sales and operational decisions based upon accurate data. Having a coherent, cohesive data repository with efficient work flows is a key component of managing these complex issues." Systems that support food quality are required whether technological or process-based, whether driven by legislation or good business practices or both.

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 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."

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