Profile extruder applies ERP to boost productivity, reduce errors

Enterprise resource planning software within plastics processing is often associated with injection molding, but extruder Custom Profile (Grand Rapids, MI) has utilized ERP and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) programs from IQMS to cut order entry time, reduce data entry errors, and virtually eliminate shipping errors.

Custom Profile was attracted to IQMS in part due to the fact that, unlike some competitive ERP systems that require bolted on third-party programs for increased functionality, EnterpriseIQ system doesn't need interfaces or expensive customization to access programs.

Custom Profile now automatically enters incoming orders into EnterpriseIQ with EDI, while at the same time, generating outgoing files and advanced shipping notices (ASNs). The company estimates that inbound and outbound EDI saves it roughly $35,000 annually in data entry time. EDI also has allowed Custom Profile to achieve out its goal of rapid quoting response to delivery of product. It runs EDI several times in the morning and then assembles and ships products the same day....

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