Invera announces real-time Integration of STRATIX ERP and Plate Nesting Software SigmaNEST

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Invera, the makers of STRATIX, the metal service center ERP system, and SigmaTEK Systems, the makers of SigmaNEST®, announce the release of STRATIX/SigmaNEST, a real-time bi-directional packaged integration between STRATIX and the CAD/CAM plate nesting system SigmaNEST.

"This packaged integration will eliminate double-entry and substantially improve productivity." - Tony Di Tomaso, Vice President of Customer Services at Invera

Invera, the metal industry software specialist, and SigmaTEK Systems, the leading nesting software developer, announce the release of STRATIX/SigmaNEST, a module that provides real-time bi-directional packaged integration between the STRATIX ERP and SigmaNEST, as part of the metal service center software, STRATIX.

STRATIX/SigmaNEST is a transaction management product that enables STRATIX inventory and orders to be dynamically downloaded to SigmaNEST and the final optimized nest to be uploaded back into STRATIX without any manual intervention. SigmaNEST is the leading CAD/CAM nesting system for profile cutting & punching machines.

A seamless integration of native metal industry terminology, functions, and features make STRATIX quick to deploy with minimum implementation costs. The STRATIX software includes sales, purchasing, receiving, inventory management, multi-step production, production scheduling, delivery and logistics planning, invoicing, and financials.

STRATIX handles all types of ferrous and non-ferrous products of all forms, including coils, sheets, structural products, wire, pipe and tubing, rebar, mesh, bars, roll formed products, panels/profiles, and building products.

A new release of the STRATIX software is provided on an annual basis. All enhancements are built into the standard package and included in future releases of the software.

STRATIX/SigmaNEST Benefits
For metal service centers and plate processors that perform plate cutting, plate burning, water-jet cutting and laser cutting, the introduction of STRATIX/SigmaNEST significantly improves overall company productivity and provides better nesting options. Improvements in productivity include the following areas:

1. Real-time availability of inventory and remnant stock information to sales
2. Reduction in material costs
3. Improvement in planning staff productivity
4. Improved order profitability
5. Improved customer service

STRATIX/SigmaNEST eliminates the need to manually load inventory and new orders into SigmaNEST and automatically forwards inventory allocation after nesting from SigmaNEST to STRATIX. Through the use of bi-directional product code mapping and real-time transfer of order and inventory transactions between STRATIX and SigmaNEST, the STRATIX/SigmaNEST product maintains live-update inventory and remnant synchronization. This real-time “communication” offers users the security that customers’ orders are processed accurately and promptly.

Inventory Control
Remnants are recorded with diagrams and plate details, and stored in STRATIX for availability to all users within an organization. Inventory transactions for product items that meet “inventory extraction rules” are exported to SigmaNEST with each transaction when the information is updated in STRATIX in real-time. When required, inventory for an entire warehouse can be updated on-demand.

Order Entry
STRATIX and SigmaNEST communicate similarly in order fulfillment cases and cases related to inventory control. The integration offered by STRATIX/SigmaNEST enables automatic work order item creation in SigmaNEST once a STRATIX order item is entered. When STRATIX orders are changed or deleted, the updated information is automatically sent to SigmaNEST through STRATIX/SigmaNEST for real-time synchronization.

Production planners use SigmaNEST to optimize material utilization and processing speed for improved cutting efficiency. When the nesting process is complete, the nest information is transmitted to STRATIX so that STRATIX jobs can be automatically created. STRATIX jobs can then be scheduled and recorded in STRATIX.

Once jobs are complete, STRATIX automatically informs SigmaNEST of accurate inventory usage and remnant information, so that the SigmaNEST inventory remains accurate, and the related work-orders are completed properly.

Tony Di Tomaso, Vice President of Customer Services of Invera, commented, “This packaged integration will eliminate the double-entry required when a metal service center does not have the two systems fully integrated. It will also substantially improve the productivity of the production and CAD departments that plan and handle production. A number of customers that perform plate cutting and processing are very eager to implement this product. This packaged integration is a joint collaboration between Invera and SigmaTEK Systems. Both systems required modifications to provide the optimal interface for our customers.”

According to Ben TerreBlanche, President and CEO of SigmaTEK Systems, “SigmaNEST and STRATIX have developed a fully synchronized solution for steel service centers to integrate ERP and CAD/CAM. By providing real-time, bi-directional data flow, STRATIX/SigmaNEST ensures maximum productivity and streamlined cooperation between the business side and the manufacturing side.”

About Invera
Invera has been providing steel and metal service center enterprise software (ERP) and Internet systems for over 30 years. Their enterprise software products, which include STRATIX, are used by metal service centers, steel service centers, plate processors, metal distributors, steel stockholders, metal processors, toll processors, building products distributors, and tube mills. Their metal industry software products are used by more than 13,000 users at over 600 sites in the United States, Europe, Mexico, Canada, Dubai, and the Far East.

About SigmaTEK Systems
SigmaTEK Systems, LLC was founded in 1992 and has since provided nesting software solutions to enhance efficiency and profitability for sheet metal and heavy plate manufacturers. Through automatic CAD/CAM nesting and NC optimization, SigmaNEST software programs profile-cutting machines quickly, conveniently and effectively. SigmaTEK is headquartered in Ohio, USA and has an extensive global support network, with branches in Europe, Asia, India, Australia and South America.

For more information, please contact:
Invera at 514-925-8558 or email info(at)invera(dot)com - web:
SigmaTEK at 513-674-0005 or email sales(at)sigmanest(dot)com - web:


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