Prilla is Southern Africa’s largest independent spinning mill, with a monthly production of approximately a 1000 tons in its Pietermaritzburg operations. The company, founded in 1950, is known for its quality yarns, produced from cotton sourced mainly from Southern Africa.
At the beginning of Prilla’s production process, labels are printed for each cone on a job. The user enters the data required and labels are printed and stuck on the inside of each cone.
As the cones are wound with spun cotton, they are packed onto a pallet. When a pallet is fully packed, it is weighed and a single cone is scanned for the stock code and job number. The product weight is calculated based on scale-weight, less the weight of the pallets and the cones themselves, and this net weight is posted to SYSPRO as a job receipt of finished goods. All pallets are uniquely identified with the stock code and the item serial code. The pallet is then moved to finished goods and stored in a bin location.
When a customer calls to place an order, Prilla will either deliver from this stock or manufacture what is required and then deliver the newly manufactured stock. All products are serialised and the serial numbers to use on a sales order are assigned in SYSPRO. TransLution™ then reads this data and generates a picking slip telling the user exactly where to find each pallet required for the order.
Prilla has seen numerous benefits from this system, including stock accuracy and the speed and accuracy of picking. The improvement offered by TransLution revealing the location of items has fundamentally increased the speed of stock-take.
In the future, Prilla intends to expand the system to scan pallets as they are loaded onto the truck and again at the security gate when leaving site creating SYSPRO dispatch notes as they leave.
TransLution™ software was developed to assist manufacturing, warehousing and distribution companies to better manage their business processes and stock handling. The TransLution™ product is particularly focussed on robust integration to customers’ existing ERP, accounting and stock management software for a wide range of transactions. TransLution™ is distributed in Africa by AfriSoft Africa (Pty) Ltd and in Europe by K3 SYSPRO.
AfriSoft Africa (Pty) Ltd was founded in 1998 to serve the specialised needs of agribusiness, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution companies. AfriSoft provides consulting services for business improvement and distributes, implements and supports TransLution™, AGRIS™ and other business improvement software in Africa.