Magic Steel Implements STRATIX Metal Industry ERP Software from Invera

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Magic Steel Sales, a flatrolled cold rolled, hot rolled, and coated products metals steel service center, has implemented STRATIX metal service center software from Invera, a metal industry software specialist. STRATIX was implemented at their head office location in Grand Rapids, MI, as well as the Decatur, AL location.

Mike Welch, VP of Operations of Magic Steel, comments, “The Transport Planning functionality has been a huge improvement for Magic Steel."

Magic Steel implemented a full complement of STRATIX features such as on-line production planning, shop floor receipt of goods, shop-floor production recording, toll processing, and on-line shipment planning as well as wireless shop-floor functions for location changes, receiving, and load verification,.

For Sales, Magic Steel benefits from the Order Status Desktop, which shows a comprehensive status of the customer order at a single glance. Since the picking and slitting processing steps are being recorded in the warehouse, the Sales Department can see the item’s status as it goes through each process – whether scheduled, in process, or complete.

STRATIX enables Magic Steel to be more paperless through the use of STRATIX on-line Production Planning. From the production planning screen, multiple order items can be highlighted and grouped together to create a single slitting job. The planner can then 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.

Magic Steel also implemented the STRATIX toll processing features for customer-owned metal products. These features include a streamlined Toll Order Entry function as well as specialized features for invoicing and reporting. The customer can be billed at time of ‘Shipment’ or ‘Production,’ based on consumed or produced weight, or for any charges related to scrap and storage.

The on-line Shipping Planning function provides a comprehensive, multi-layer inquiry that summarizes orders by customer, delivery route, or delivery zone for better load consolidation. The shipping department can highlight orders and create a load with a single click.

Mike Welch, VP of Operations of Magic Steel, comments, “The Transport Planning functionality has been a huge improvement for Magic Steel. It has eliminated the off-line systems we used to use to view what we needed to ship and placed this all on-line. The shipping department can now view the orders to ship with STRATIX automatically grouping the orders by transport route, and many of our customers now receive their shipping documents and test certificates via email.”

The implementation of the metals ERP software solution STRATIX included sales, purchasing, receiving, inventory management, multi-step production, production scheduling, delivery and logistics planning, non-conformance reporting, invoicing, and financials.

The implementation of STRATIX also included STRATIX/CSX, which is a product that provides customer specified extensions for their metal service center software STRATIX. This powerful tool extends the use and functionality of STRATIX by enabling each customer to create customized data, processes, and documents to meet unique business requirements. This allowed Magic Steel to use various ‘exit points’ in STRATIX to call their own windows to record information specific to Magic Steel at various points in the cycle.

Gordon Johnson, Systems Manager at Magic Steel, added, "CSX will allow us to implement custom applications as needed, and because of how CSX has been implemented, new STRATIX upgrades will have no impact on our custom application.”

About Magic Steel Sales
Magic Steel Sales is a flatrolled service center with locations in Grand Rapids, MI, and Decatur, AL. Magic Steel carries a large selection of cold rolled, hot rolled, electrogalvanized, hot dipped galvanized, prepainted, aluminized, and galvannealed products in coil form, with a grade range from EDDS to 080 high strength.

Their industry-leading equipment at the Grand Rapids location includes four slitters and two automated packing lines, while the Decatur location has three slitters and one automated packing line.

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 STRATIX and eSTELPLAN 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 in over 14 countries.

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

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