East Rand Plastics is one of Africa’s largest manufacturers of refuse bags. The Gauteng-based factory manufactured refuse bags using pre- and post-consumer recycled material, ensuring the reuse of resources and the protection of the environment.

In order to streamline processes between multiple suppliers and retailers, East Rand Plastics employed Afrisoft Africa to implement DataSwitch. DataSwitch is a system integration and data manipulation tool that enables businesses to integrate their business tools and automate processes.

The DataSwitch implementation consisted of two parts. The first involved creating Sales Orders in SYSPRO using Purchase Orders from Pick and Pay. Afrisoft created a customised service that logs into the Pick and Pay portal at predefined intervals and downloads all the new Purchase Orders. DataSwitch monitors these files and processes any new files into Sales Orders in Syspro. An email is sent to a predefined user each time a new order is created using this mechanism.

In addition to this email, DataSwitch also emails each sales person a daily file which shows all of their orders for that day.

Once a day the sales order process is run in reverse. All invoices created in SYSPRO for Pick and Pay for that day are picked up by DataSwitch and converted to the Pick and Pay invoicing format. These invoices are then uploaded to the Pick and Pay portal for Pick and Pay to process.

The second part of the DataSwitch implementation involved data integration into their shop floor equipment. At the end of each shift, data is read from their barcode equipment. This includes quantities produced on each machine during the shift, running hours, downtime hours and labour.

This information is then posted to SYSPRO against the relevant production jobs. Information such as downtime and production time can be read directly from the shop floor equipment and data capture is not dependent on users.


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, AGRISand other business improvement software in Africa.

DataSwitch is a purpose built system integration and data manipulation tool that enables businesses to become more e­fficient through automating processes. By automating processes with DataSwitch you can interact more quickly, in more agile ways and more efficiently with both customers and suppliers.