Barnes Fencing Industries chooses TransLution™ for tracking of raw materials and production process management

Barnes Fencing Industries is a South African manufacturer and supplier of all types of galvanised wire fencing products.

Barnes Fencing Industries has recently installed and gone live with TransLution™ Software to assist them with various aspects of their business. The first phase of the project aimed to improve raw material receiving and management of various production processes, including wire drawing and galvanising.

Barnes receives rod packs from various suppliers and uses TransLution™ to manage the receiving process. TransLution™ automatically posts the GRNs to SYSPRO, updating the purchase order that the goods were received against.

These same rod packs are then scanned against jobs into the wire drawing process. At the end of the manufacturing process, drawn wire is scanned out and kit issues of raw materials and job receipts of finished goods are posted to SYSPRO. This keeps the stock on hand figures for both Raw Materials and Finished Goods accurate in SYSPRO.

Both the factory and admin staff have seen multiple benefits to the implementation of this system. Processes that were previously time and resource intensive are now as quick as a simple scan – for example stock-take, which used to span a whole day, is now complete in a few short hours. Receiving has also been drastically improved as items are GRN’d as soon as they arrive – day or night. As a 24-hour operation, this is an important benefit as there is no longer a need to wait for someone in admin to complete the task. Furthermore, production is also recorded at any time, as stock is produced. These combined improvements have allowed for up-to-the-minute stock and production values.


TransLution™ software was developed to assist manufacturing, warehousing and distribution companies to better manage their business processes and stock handling. The TransLution™ product is particularly focussed on robust integration to customers’ existing ERP, accounting and stock management software for a wide range of transactions. TransLution™ is distributed in Africa by AfriSoft Africa (Pty) Ltd and in Europe by K3 SYSPRO.

AfriSoft Africa (Pty) Ltd was founded in 1998 to serve the specialised needs of agribusiness, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution companies. AfriSoft provides consulting services for business improvement and distributes, implements and supports TransLution™, AGRIS™ and other business improvement software in Africa.

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