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SAMIL uses TransLution™ Software to track product movements

SAMIL is an innovative South African Company that specialises in the production and processing of natural fibres, as well as speciality spun yarns.

SAMIL operations comprise a factory and two warehouses which are located slightly apart from each other. This distance was one of the deciding factors in SAMIL choosing to implement TransLution™ Software.

TransLution™ is used to track the movement of bales between warehouses. Each bale is a serialised item in SYSPRO and the transfers are either recorded as bin transfers (within a single warehouse) or warehouse transfers (between warehouses) in SYSPRO.

When bales are moved between warehouses, TransLution™ is used to print a transfer slip showing all the bales to be moved. This serves both as a guide to users and a validation mechanism to ensure that only the right bales are moved.

The planned second phase of this project will be rolled out in the factory where TransLution™ will be used to scan items for job issues and receipts and post this data to Syspro.

ABOUT

SAMIL originated in 1965 when a Bradford textile trading company opened a subsidiary company called International Mohair Topmakers (PTY) Ltd in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in what was then and still is the centre of the world mohair industry. Over the years there have been many changes in the business, moving from greasy purchasing and then commission combing both abroad and in South Africa, before opening its own combing mill, Border Combing Company, in 1987.In 1992 South African Mohair Industries Limited (SAMIL) was formed. Primarily a mohair trader and processor, SAMIL’s ambitions have reached far beyond this activity, and it now sees itself as the link between mohair producers, processors and consumers.

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.

Robertson Winery utilises TransLution™ to complete job receipts with lots

Robertson Winery, one of South Africa’s foremost wine farms, also completes contract packaging and bottling.

At Robertson, TransLution™ is used to do job receipts with lots. Robertson prints their own pallet labels and TransLution™ scans these pallets to receipt the item. The lot is put on hold as soon as it is receipted.

Since SYSPRO does not allow lots that are on hold to be moved between bins, whenever a pallet needs to be moved, if the lot is on hold, TransLution will take it off hold, move the pallet, then put the lot back on hold. This mechanism gives Robertson the control they require but also allows for flexibility to move pallets around and between warehouses.

The system has been cleverly configured to allow users to simply scan the source and target bin, and using the scanned data, TransLution™ automatically detects if it is a bin transfer or a warehouse transfer. The appropriate business object is then automatically chosen to do the post to SYSPRO leaving the users with a much simpler system.

Roberston has almost 10 warehouses, some of them remote and not well connected to the network. In these warehouses, they have elected to use the buffered scanning feature offered by TransLution that allows scanning to be done even when there is no network connectivity.

The initial phase of the project was to facilitate job receipts but future plans include picking, checking and dispatch to support the 20-30 trucks per day that leave the warehouse.

ABOUT

Robertson Winery is an important role player in the South African wine industry. The trend-setting and progressive winery had its humble beginnings in a charming missionary church on the outskirts of Robertson, and its history is closely linked to that of the town.

PDC is an innovative supplier of brass, aluminium and zinc castings to the South African and international markets. The company is a specialist die caster which has been in business since 1952.

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.

Analysing Metrics to Continually Improve Business

We at Afrisoft know the importance of data in business processes. But we often find that organisations don’t know how to take full advantage of the data they have available and miss out on its potential value.

The key to success is knowing what metrics to measure and how to use them to create improvements in organisational processes.

To offer a solution to our clients, Afrisoft works with operational analysis and processes expert Grant Wise. Grant works directly with our clients, assisting them to identify, utilise and analyse key metrics captured by TransLution. By efficiently analysing their data, clients are able to make continual improvements to systems, processes and workflows and maximise their investment.

In the coming months, Grant will be talking about metrics, data and analysis and how to efficiently utilise them to make improvements to your organisation. His first article looks at what metrics are and why they are important.

Please contact Grant if you would like to discuss how you can use your data to better streamline your processes. Email him on gwise@afrisoft.biz

Staff News – Charl Steyn Introduction

This month we are introducing another valued member of the Afrisoft team: Charl Steyn who is based in Cape Town.

  1. What do you do at Afrisoft?
    Sales and Project Management
  2. When did you join the team?
    January 2018
  3. Your favourite part of the job?
    I have a few favourite parts so let’s see – Researching (read investigating) new prospects, Meeting with new prospects and seeing how their business operations run. I also enjoy discussing possible solutions to match their operational needs.
  4. Your biggest challenge?
    Learning the new TransLution Software and what flexibility it offers our customers.
  5. What do you do when you aren’t working?
    Eating out, sightseeing the Cape and good wine tasting
  6. How would your friends describe you?
    Friendly and down to earth
  7. What keeps you awake at night?
    Coffee
  8. What’s your philosophy on life?
    Work hard, enjoy life with friends and family, and work on being a better person.

 

Microsoft end of life for support for Windows CE and Windows Embedded Handheld

Microsoft will soon reach its end of life for support for the Windows CE and Windows Embedded Handheld. Beginning in 2018 through 2020, Microsoft will phase out their support of various Windows Embedded Operating Systems.

Since most rugged devices are currently running these systems, it is a good time to begin to plan to move to other operating systems as you start to replace your older handhelds.

If you’re running a Windows CE or Windows Embedded Handheld today, these are the dates to be aware of:

  • June 10, 2018 – Windows Embedded CE 6.0 will be End of Life
  • June 9, 2019 –  Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld will be End of Life
  • January 14, 2020 – Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 will be End of Life

While 2020 seems far off, an upgrade strategy will help you to avoid problems in your operations as you change over.

Many suppliers of industrial scanners are starting a move towards shipping their devices with Android. In order to help our clients manage these changes we have recently released TransLution running on Android. In addition, we will continue to support our current Windows CE versions of EazyScan for as long as we are able to do so.

If you would like to request a demo of TransLution on Android, please contact us.