STRATIX Metal Industry ERP Software from Invera implemented by Southwest Steel Coil

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Invera’s STRATIX metal service center software has been implemented by Southwest Steel Coil Inc., a division of Calstrip Industries, and a flat-rolled, cold rolled, hot rolled, and coated metal products steel service center.

Invera is the largest metal industry software company that provides metal service center software.

The STRATIX software from Invera was implemented by Southwest Steel Coil. The implementation included on-line production planning, on-line slitter and cut-to-length setup functions, shop floor receipt of goods, shop-floor production recording and packaging with bar code scanning, toll processing, and on-line shipment planning.

Ed Camden, President of Southwest Steel, comments, “We selected a metal industry software with one main objective – what will help us run efficiently and provide excellent service to our customers. When our customers now call for a status of the order, we can tell them exactly where their order stands in our company, and the non-conformance reporting functions help us keep a close eye on any customer feedback and ensure our customers receive high quality products from our company.”

Southwest Steel benefited from the STRATIX unique solution to product coding that eliminates the use of traditional, complex, cumbersome part numbers. STRATIX inventory coding is based on the metal product’s native attributes that are familiar within the industry, and it eliminates the time required to look up part numbers for each transaction.

For Sales, Southwest Steel benefits from the Sales Order Entry function where the steel coil or sheet product can be entered along with the production specifications such as the gauge tolerance, width and/or length tolerance, coil min/max coil information, and packaging.

STRATIX enables Southwest 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.

Greg Baumgardner, VP Sales of Southwest Steel, comments, “We are a rapidly growing company and we focus on providing a high quality product in a timely manner. A huge advantage of the STRATIX software is that we could implement it with no modifications – which meant we could implement it fast and not spend our company time designing what we needed, as well as implement it under a year and on budget.”

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.

About Southwest Steel Coil
Southwest Steel Coil is a flat-rolled service center, located in Santa Teresa, NM. Southwest Steel Coil carries carbon & galvanized coil and cold rolled and stainless sheet products. They recently completed a building expansion to 110,000 square feet. The company also operates a 20,000 SF finished goods warehouse in the Santa Teresa area. Their industry-leading equipment at the Santa Teresa location includes a 60,000-pound, 72-inch by 0.25-inch/0.015-inch Loopco slitter, a 60-inch Braner slitter, and a 60-inch Iowa Precision multi-blanking line, as well as a 60” Braner CTL and Leveling line, installed September 2015.

Southwest Steel Coil is presently constructing a 96,000 SF facility in Mission, TX. Equipment will include a multi-strand oscillator, 60” Braner Slitter, and 60” CTL line.

About Invera
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 have been implemented in over fourteen countries 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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