Keeping up with Growth

Manufacturer turns to MAPICS solution to align processes with recent expansion

Atlanta  December 4, 2002  Tranter PHE, a manufacturer of heat exchangers for industrial and commercial applications, is set to use enterprise resource planning and supply chain management solutions from MAPICS as the company adjusts to its recent growth spurt.

The manufacturer, based in Wichita Falls, Texas, and Vanersborg, Sweden, will use the MAPICS solutions across its worldwide locations, which include production facilities in Texas, Sweden and India and regional sales offices in Italy, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.

Over the past several years Tranter PHE has seen growth in product diversity, sales volume, geographical coverage and administrative demands, and the company is counting on the solution to help it better align its business processes with that growth.

"The MAPICS solution is the best fit for our needs as a global manufacturer whose volume and reach had far outgrown our business systems," said Chuck Monachello, president of Tranter PHE. "It's a fully integrated solution that is compatible with different currencies, languages and locations and that supports critical manufacturing processes such as materials planning and inventory control, all capabilities that needed improvement since we became a seamless and global organization."

MAPICS saids that its solution will enable Tranter PHE to reduce operations costs and integrate sales, purchasing, inventory and manufacturing processes. Tranter PHE also expects to reduce purchasing costs with the increased visibility into longer planning horizons that MAPICS offers.

"We're looking to MAPICS to help both our U.S. and European locations in a number of valuable ways," explained Kevin Echols, director of information technology at Tranter PHE. "The new solution will allow us to integrate these locations and their functions; homogenize business and technical terminology; standardize information formats; consolidate best practices; reduce capital requirements; improve inventory control and production requirements; and enhance the flow of communication and information among our geographically separate units."

Live implementation will begin in early 2003, and the solution is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2003.