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Dolomite Franchi is an almost century-old dolomite refractory products manufacturer based in Italy. They are part of the international Intocast Group with a presence all over the world. Their products are the result of many decades of experience and they are trusted by the steel industry to build high-quality furnaces and related products.

Dolomite Franchi implemented Translution™ Software with a fresh deployment of SYSPRO as their ERP system. Translution™ Software is used to receipt finished products on pallets by scanning A3-sized labels that are generated based on the production line the pallet originated from. By scanning the barcode label, Translution™ Software can issue the correct materials and post labor against the Job Receipt in SYSPRO.

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G.Fox, a premier supplier of  Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), cleaning chemicals, paper products, and industrial consumable supplies, has implemented TransLution™ Software to check the organisation’s physical stock against the SYSPRO inventory picture.

In this initial implementation, the G.Fox user scans a barcode which is stored in a custom field in SYSPRO and uses that information to retrieve the Stock Code. TransLution™ then responds by showing the Stock Code on the screen. This code is also found on the item label, allowing the user to alert a supervisor if there is a mismatch. If the inventory item has not been received into SYSPRO, the user is able to see that from the error that is displayed.

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TransLution™ Software USA has been working with American Printing House for the Blind (APH) to implement a scanning system that integrated with the organization’s existing SYSPRO system. The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) was founded in Louisville to develop and produce educational materials and provide services for people who are blind and visually impaired.

While APH has been running SYSPRO for a number of years, their decision to implement a scanning system was based on the need to increase stock accuracy and update SYSPRO in real time.

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WP Timbers, one of the leading suppliers of Pine Products in the Northern Cape, utilises Translution™ to effectively and accurately manage stock.

Users print stock labels displaying the stock code, description and a unique barcode. Upon receiving stock, the labels are applied and scanned to transfer stock into a location and create a goods received note. The stock labels are also scanned to replenish bin locations by transferring stock from one location to another.

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St Leger & Viney is the leading distributor of decorative fabrics and wall-coverings to South Africa’s design industry professionals. As demand for their products has grown they began developing their own unique material with mills and weavers from around the world. The large quantities of fabric stock moving through the warehouse requires accurate receiving, dye batch management, tracking and distribution. Afrisoft Africa deployed TransLution™ Software to address the challenges faced by St Leger & Viney in their production processes.

How TransLution™ works

TransLution™ is a warehouse management tool that uses barcode labels, hand-held radio-frequency scanners and touchscreen terminals to record and track the movement of every product and component in a factory or warehouse environment. Data is captured through simple interface scanners during each step of the workflow process. TransLution™ relays this information to the company’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) software in real time – live reporting that allows for immediate changes on the line. Errors are reduced and the company benefits from active monitoring of daily operations.

The implementation

Purchase order receiving

The implementation began at the Purchase Order Receiving process. TransLution™ was set up so that a user enters the purchase order number he is receiving along with the customer invoice number and transporter invoice number. He then selects the product he is receiving along with the quantity. The management of different dye batches is key in textile management. Rolls may be the same product but have a minor variance in colour due to production differences. Because of this, the products are assigned a dye batch number in TransLution™ and a unique roll label with the batch number is printed and assigned to the roll.

Put Away

After rolls are labelled, they are put away into bins into the warehouse. Each roll and location is scanned so that TransLution™ can maintain an accurate stock picture down to the bin-level per roll. This is an important step in enabling the picking process.

Picking

Users on the floor have a view of all visible orders and the lines on the orders. They select which items to pick based on this data. TransLution™ makes it possible to send the pick instruction to either a specific scanner and user or to the first device that becomes available. When picking, it is possible to pick for multiple orders simultaneously – if the same stock code is required for a number of orders, the roll/s required will be picked and cut at the same time.

Cutting

Once picked, the required length of fabric is cut from the roll. After cutting, the user re-measures the roll each time and captures the actual roll length which is posted as an adjustment to SYSPRO so that accurate data is available. This is done with every cut so that any variances are accounted for on an ongoing basis making tracking of variances simpler and more precise. Labels are printed for all the cut lengths of fabric. The user at the cutting table is presented with a daily report showing all the adjustments made and all adjustments that are greater than a defined amount are flagged for discussion.

Checking & Invoicing

After cutting is complete, a document is printed to manage the checking and invoicing process. The user at the checking station scans the picked list barcode and all the item barcodes printed at the cutting table are scanned. Items are packed into parcels which are assigned parcel labels. When the checking process is complete, an invoice is automatically generated in SYSPRO.

Dispatch

At this point, parcel labels are scanned and a parcel destination is selected. This allows St Leger to print a trip sheet per destination. The dispatch station is also where sample books, also referred to as samples, are scanned out against an order. Each sample book is labelled with a unique serial barcode and scanned individually. When samples are returned, they are re-scanned so that the location can be updated. This allows St Leger to use TransLution™ to track all samples both on premise at out at customer sites.

Stock Take & Cycle Counts

TransLution™ is also used complete stock take and cycle counts. By using this system, St Leger has significantly reduced the time and improved the accuracy of stock takes – where it used to take a minimum of three days, it now takes less than one. This has also improved the speed and accuracy of reconciliation.

The benefits

The successful implementation and rollout of TransLution™ at St Leger and Viney as offered numerous benefits to the organisation. Their operational processing is faster and more accurate, and fabric stocks can be tracked at all times. A precise cutting process has reduced wastage and allowed St Leger to track variances on a daily basis. Stock take is faster and more accurate than before.

Additionally, sample books, each of which is valuable, are tracked more accurately and can be located at any given moment. Lastly, an unseen key benefit seen through using TransLution™ is the reduction in operator interaction with SYSPRO. By doing stock transfers, adjustments and sales order processing through TransLution™, none of the warehouse operators need to learn to use SYSPRO.

About

St Leger & Viney is the leading distributor of decorative fabrics and wallcoverings to South Africa’s design industry professionals. Founded in 1989, St Leger’s aim was to bring high-end classic design to the market at competitive prices. They started by sourcing fabrics locally but as demand grew, they began developing their own unique material with the best mills and weavers from around the world. This broadened the ranges they had to offer, while establishing a signature look and reputation internationally.

Afrisoft Africa provides, implements and supports advanced, customised technology solutions for the complex requirements of agribusiness, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution companies. AfriSoft offers their clients practical, simple to use software and systems that integrate financial information with business operations resulting in measurable business improvements: efficiency, data accuracy, business control and access to business information.

TransLution™ Software makes managing complex production processes in manufacturing and warehousing companies simple. TransLution™ Software uses barcode scanners, touch-screen computers, direct integration to scales, flow meters, analytical testing equipment and other plant equipment to gather your manufacturing and warehouse information easily and efficiently. TransLution™ Software is implemented, customised and supported by Afrisoft Africa and is available in Africa, the UK and Europe, N. America and Australia.

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MONN Carpets, a leading manufacturer of premium-quality carpets, uses TransLution™ as an inventory management tool. Users print stock labels displaying the stock code, description, lot number, receiving order, and a unique barcode.

Upon receiving stock, the labels are applied and scanned to transfer stock into a location. These labels are also scanned to transfer stock from one location to another and when dispatching stock. All stock movements are tracked and logged and the quantities of the stock in the different bin locations are updated.

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Cubicool International is a leading designer and manufacturer of modular packaging refrigeration systems.

Cubicool uses TransLution to improve its job issuing process. Users first scan jobs card to identify the job they are issuing to, then the item that is being issued. TransLution posts the issue in real time to SYSPRO.

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Consupaq, a division of Astrapak, produces high volumes of rigid moulded, and thermoformed plastic packaging products. Consupaq uses TransLution™ Software to automate job functions, handle raw materials, and improve stock take.

At Consupaq, one of Astrapak’s Durban facilities, TransLution Software prints job labels based on the job data in SYSPRO – there are as many labels printed as required by the job and no more. Each label is uniquely identified with a serial number. The labels are scanned at the end of production to post a job receipt. The system ensures that no label is scanned twice.

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Marcom, a division of Astrapak, produces high volumes of rigid moulded, and thermoformed plastic packaging products. Marcom uses TransLution™ Software to automate job functions and improve stock take.

 Marcom, based in Rosslyn, is one of four Astrapak sites using TransLution™. The software prints job labels based on the job data in SYSPRO – there are as many labels printed as required by the job and no more. Each label is uniquely identified with a serial number. The labels are scanned at the end of production to post a job receipt. The system ensures that no label is scanned twice.

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Thermopac and Pak2000, divisions of Astrapak, produce high volumes of rigid moulded, and thermoformed plastic packaging products. These sites have chosen TransLution™ Software to automate the label printing process.

Thermopac, based in Cape Town, uses TransLution™ exclusively for label printing while Pak2000, based in Pinetown, utilises the system to print job labels that can be scanned to process job issues and receipts in SYSPRO.

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