TCT Stainless Successfully Implements STRATIX Metal Industry ERP from Invera

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TCT Stainless, a flatrolled steel distributor of coil and sheet, has implemented the metal service center software STRATIX from the metal industry software specialist Invera.

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TCT Stainless, a flatrolled stainless steel service center, has implemented the metal service center ERP software STRATIX from the metal industry software specialist Invera. TCT implemented STRATIX using the STRATIX on-demand hosting service.

TCT Stainless implemented a full complement of STRATIX features such as on-line production planning, shop floor receipt of goods, shop-floor production recording, wireless shop-floor functions, and on-line shipment planning. They also use a comprehensive flatrolled-specific production system to computerize all flat rolled production.

For Sales, TCT Stainless benefits from the Order Status Desktop, which shows a comprehensive status of the customer order at a single glance. Since the slitting and cut-to-length processing steps are being recorded in the warehouse, the Sales Department can see the item’s status through each required process, whether it’s been scheduled, currently being processed, or complete. Outside processing steps are also integrated with the item’s status, including any transfers to and from the outside processor.

STRATIX enables TCT Stainless to be more paperless with the use of STRATIX on-line Production Planning and Shipment Planning. From the production planning screen, multiple order items can be highlighted and grouped together to create a slitting or cut-to-length 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 on-line Shipping Planning function provides a comprehensive, multi-layer inquiry that summarizes orders by customer, delivery route, or shipping zone for better load consolidation. The shipping department can highlight orders and create a load with a single click.

The implementation of the metals ERP software solution STRATIX included sales, purchasing, receiving, inventory management, multi-step production, production scheduling, delivery and logistics planning, invoicing, and financials. The implementation of the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software solution STRATIX was completed in seven months across all locations.

Peter Doucet, Vice President of Consulting at Invera, added, “TCT Stainless saved a lot of time during the implementation by using the STRATIX flat-rolled user guide documentation as is. They also used the coil and sheet specific video tutorials created by Invera for flat-rolled products.”

TCT chose the STRATIX ON-DEMAND hosting service to allow them to focus on their core metal operations and outsource their technology operational requirements to Invera. With this service, all software applications and data are hosted at the Invera Technology Center. This hosting service is used by nearly half of Invera’s STRATIX customers today.

About TCT Stainless
TCT Stainless is a flatrolled service center with locations in Sterling Heights, MI, Lebanon, TN, and Desoto, TX. TCT carries a large selection of annealed and tempered stainless, aluminum, carbon and coated steels. TCT’s capabilities include slitting, tempering, gauge reduction, cut-to-length, edging, skiving, oscillate winding, buffing and tension leveling.

Their industry leading equipment includes six slitters and four precision strip machines. TCT's rolling mills are capable of gauge correction and tempering. TCT's location in Lebanon, TN will commission a new 60" EMAG heavy gauge slitter later this summer, and a new 20" Stanat slitter July 1, 2012.

The gauge reduction process can be performed on any one of several 4HI United Mill, 6" L4H Mill, or their Bliss 2HI Rolling Mill. TCT also commissioned a state-of-the-art 18" Z Mill, investing in their range of production for tempered metal into foils to allow TCT to obtain as low as .002" tempered thickness with superior quality.

About Invera
Invera has been providing steel and metal service center software (ERP) and Internet metal systems for over 30 years. Invera is the largest software company dedicated exclusively to the steel and metal service center, metal distribution, steel stockholder, and metal processing industry. Their metal industry software products, including STRATIX, are used by more than 13,000 users at over 600 sites in the United States, Europe, Mexico, Canada, Dubai, South Africa and the Far East.

For more information, contact Invera at (514)-925-8558 or visit

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