Brunswick Steel Implements Real-Time Integration of Invera's STRATIX Metal ERP & Plate Nesting Software SIGMANEST

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BrunswickSteel has implemented STRATIX/SigmaNEST, a real-time bi-directional integration between the STRATIX metal enterprise software and the CAD/CAM plate nesting software SigmaNEST.

Brunswick Steel, located in Winnipeg, Canada, has implemented the STRATIX/SigmaNEST product, a real-time bi-directional packaged integration between STRATIX metal software and the CAD/CAM plate nesting system SigmaNEST.

The STRATIX/SigmaNEST product is related to the metal service center software STRATIX. It represents a joint effort between Invera, the metal industry software specialist, and SigmaTEK Systems, the leading nesting software developer. BrunswickSteel has been live and operational on the STRATIX metal industry ERP since 2007 using Invera's ON-DEMAND cloud computing service

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

STRATIX is specialized metal ERP software that 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 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/SigmaNEST Benefits
For metal service centers and plate processors that perform plate cutting, plate burning, water-jet cutting, and laser cutting, STRATIX/SigmaNEST significantly improves overall company productivity and provides better nesting options. By eliminating duplicate entry and having information dynamically available in both systems, improvements in productivity include the following:

1. Real-time availability of inventory and remnant stock information to sales
2. Reduction in material costs through better selection and optimization of stock
3. Improved planning staff productivity by eliminating duplicate entry
4. Improved order profitability through better yields
5. Improved customer service

Justin Copp, Sales Manager at BrunswickSteel, commented, “The implementation of STRATIX-SigmaNEST has really been great for our business and has complemented the technological advances we have made in our operations department. Our operators view the work they need to perform on-line on the lineup, performing all the recording of the job real-time, with time entries and label printing. All orders to ship are also viewed on-line in the Transport Planning inquiry where we build our loads. The addition of STRATIX-SigmaNEST has provided a highly automated environment for our company that ultimately benefits our customers."

Inventory Control
Remnant SigmaNEST diagrams can be viewed directly from STRATIX for availability to all users within an organization. This includes planned remnants before the job is actually started as well as the final remnant.

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.

Christine Dockter, the Project Manager and Administrative Manager at BrunswickSteel, commented, “Since our implementation of this packaged integration, it has significantly reduced the number of drops in our warehouse by over 50%, and improved our nesting utilization as well. In addition it has eliminated the double-entry that was required when the two systems were not fully integrated, saving our planner several hours a day."

About BrunswickSteel
Brunswick Steel is a general line service center that carries a large selection of steel products used by construction, manufacturing, mining and forestry industry, and provides sheet, plate, and long products to a diverse customer base that spans Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Northwestern Ontario.

Some of the value-add services provided include laser, flame and plasma cutting, press break, saw cutting, and shearing. BrunswickSteel consists of a modern 60,000 square foot building on a 10-acre site.

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 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, including STRATIX, are used by more than 14,000 users at over 600 sites in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Mexico, Canada, Dubai, and the Far East.

About SigmaTEK Systems
SigmaTEK Systems, LLC develops and sells SigmaNEST®, a comprehensive software solution for nesting, NC programming, and cutting of steel sheet, plate and tube materials, as well as wood. SigmaNEST is the leading CAD/CAM nesting system for plasma, laser, punch, oxyfuel, waterjet, router, knife, and tube/pipe and combination cutting machines. SigmaNEST ensures superior material utilization, machine motion optimization, and maximum part quality, balanced with cutting speed, work flow integration, material handling, accurate estimates, and information management.

Founded in 1993, SigmaTEK Systems is headquartered in Cincinnati, OH and has an extensive global support network with branches in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa.

For more information, contact Invera at (514)-925-8558 for North America, or +44 (0)7740-664007 for the UK and Europe, or visit

SigmaTEK at 513-674-0005 or email sales(at) web:

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