Rolled Metal Products Goes Paperless

Rolled Metal Products, a flat-rolled stainless and specialty metals steel service center, is now running paperless for their production operations by using the STRATIX metal service center software from Invera.

Benefits

Rolled Metal Products’ (RMP) paperless warehouse implementation included a full complement of STRATIX features such as on-line production planning, shop floor receipt of goods, on-line production scheduling, shop-floor production recording, wireless shop-floor functions, and on-line shipment planning. The wireless shop-floor functions implemented include location changes, physical inventory, and load verification

Rolled Metal Products’ paperless solution started with the use of the STRATIX on-line Production Planning function where multiple order items can be highlighted and grouped together to create a multi-step slitting and oscillate job. For slitting jobs, the planner can specify the arbor layout, OD breaks, as well as additional slitting-specific functions such as run full or partial, slit and re-slit, and trim. The planner also utilized the narrow coil single and multi-strand production functions available in STRATIX.

Steve Pearce, President of Rolled Metal Products, comments, “The biggest benefit from our paperless implementation of STRATIX in the warehouse has been the flexibility to change our production schedule in real-time to meet customer requirements – it has made scheduling changes a frictionless process. It has helped make us very responsive for quick turnaround orders and eliminated us having to manually pull printed paperwork which is time consuming and error prone.”

Once the job is planned, the on-line Production Scheduling function allows the production team to make changes to the sequencing of the jobs before releasing these jobs to the warehouse for production. These scheduled jobs then appear on the line-up in the warehouse, ready to start production where operators then view the job work orders directly on the screen.

Pearce also comments, “The real-time, shop floor data collection functions also provide an exact status of an order in production whether it is picked, slit, or oscillate wound or in shipping if the order is planned for shipment or shipped. The visibility our salespeople have of their orders has been a huge benefit, with our sales staff able to quickly and accurately provide the status for our customers.”

Implementation

RMP also uses the full suite of STRATIX features including sales, purchasing, receiving, inventory management, multi-step production, production scheduling, delivery and logistics planning, invoicing, and financials.

About Rolled Metal Products

Rolled Metal Products (RMP) is a flatrolled service center with locations in Alsip, IL, Nashville, TN, and Bensalem, PA. RMP carries a large selection of Stainless Steel, Nickel Alloys, Aluminum and other Specialty Metals in coil form. RMP’s capabilities include slitting, edging, and oscillate winding.
Their industry leading equipment includes ten slitters ranging from a 63” wide pancake slitting line to narrow width specialty slitting lines. This includes six edging and four multi-strand lines.

RMP also offer toll processing of various metals including: Stainless Steel, Nickel Alloys, Titanium, Aluminum, Brass, Copper, Carbon Steel, and other Specialty Metals. RMP has been one of the fastest growing toll processor/converter specialists in North America.



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