based in Galena, KS, is a leading manufacturer of wiring harnesses,
custom cable assemblies and electro-mechanical subassemblies for defense
and commercial customers. The company’s high-performance cables have
performed critical functions on many military and commercial programs
since 1983. Celltron was certified to ISO 9001 in 2000. In addition to
the headquarter facility in Kansas, Celltron has partner facilities in
the Pacific Rim, which allows the company to provide targeted turnkey
solutions based on volume and cost requirements of customers.
the mid-1980s, Celltron decided to move away from its manual system and
its outside data processing service. At that time, the company selected
Macola Software’s Progression Series for its accounting modules. A
decade later, Celltron added several distribution modules.
stayed with Macola all these years because it has continued to meet our
needs,” said Stacey Williams, treasurer. “We’ve never had a reason
to look for anything else.”
to Williams, Celltron’s business has grown tremendously over the past
two decades. “It would have been impossible to maintain our growth
without a system like Macola,” she said. “Ten years ago, if we
processed 10 invoices a day, that was a big day for us. Today, we
process anywhere from 30 to 80 invoices a day. We couldn’t keep up
with that volume without Macola.
though our business has grown by leaps and bounds, we’ve only added
one accounting staff member and one order entry staff member, yet
we’re able to handle a much greater volume,” Williams added.
helping the company keep up with its growth, Macola has increased
efficiency at Celltron. When the Order Entry module was implemented,
Celltron moved all customer files from numerous huge file cabinets onto
the computer. More recently, Celltron has been using the receivers in
the Accounts Payable module to tie the purchase orders to vouchers and
is currently running Progression Series 7.5 on a Windows NT network.
About 30 people access the system each day. Modules include General
Ledger, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Asset Manager, Order
Entry, Purchase Order, Inventory Management and Bill of Materials.
company works with Integrated Business Solutions, an Authorized Macola
Business Partner, for training and support. “They have been wonderful;
we’ve been with them for years,” Williams said.
a company that has experienced growth in the double digits for the last
three years, integrated software was crucial. KPR Foods ,
a subsidiary of Foodbrands America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fortune
200-company IBP (Iowa Beef Producers), chose Macola Software in 1992 and
hasn’t regretted the choice.
Fort Worth, TX-based company also has plants in Dallas, Columbia, SC,
Hutchinson, KS, Waterloo, IA and Naas, County Kildare, Ireland. KPR
Foods utilizes the latest technology in the high-volume, heavily
automated production of soups, sauces, side dishes, taco meat and meat
pizza toppings. An impressive clientele of both national and regional,
casual and formal dining restaurants as well as national pizza chains
uses KPR products. A staff of culinary and technical experts custom
design products in KPR’s spacious research and development center.
1000 employees and half a billion dollars in revenue, the company has
doubled its revenue in the last three years.
the unique challenges facing this large member of the food industry, was
the need to keep track of a phenomenal amount of inventory as well as
keep a tight rein on the rotation of that stock, according to Terry
Hodder, vice president and controller for KPR.
lease a warehouse, as well as utilizing on site storage,” says Hodder.
“This poses unique issues related to rotation and level of on hand
stock, both finished and raw.”
addition to having a finite shelf life, KPR products have to meet food
safety standards. Product cannot be shipped until it exceeds those
requirements. In addition, product cannot be shipped if its shelf life
use Macola to help control that process,” explains Hodder.
“Macola’s standard product, along with some minor modifications,
allowed us to meet our needs and that’s really helped us control our
to a product’s shelf life, KPR needs to insure that older stock ships
today is known, as KPR is two IBP facilities previously operating under
the name KPR Foods and the Hutchinson, KS facility. Each plant,
according to Hodder, was unique in its business challenges and software
instance, he explains, two plants were using a bar code program, a
financial accounting software package and Lotus1*2*3 to track
manufacturing. These plants were then updating data manually by journal
entry. The whole process was labor intensive.
was a welcome change to integrate all facilities,” says Hodder of the
move to Macola.
of the most important Macola programs KPR utilizes include Shop Floor
Control (SFC) and Landed Cost (part of Macola’s Advanced Distribution
module). According to Hodder, SFC helped the company manage its
double-digit growth by helping keep a tighter rein on manufacturing.
the way the company’s sales have grown, we would have seen a larger
growth in inventory,” he explains. “Thanks to Macola, we’ve been
able to keep inventory growth at a pace proportionate to the sales
addition to helping control inventory, Macola has helped to centralize
the company’s customer service processes.
use of Landed Cost has also benefited KPR. According to Hodder, Landed
Cost has helped KPR identify the true cost of inbound product.
ease of use and flexibility of Macola’s Progression series have also
proven useful to KPR. In 1999, KPR had just finished installing
Progression Version 7.5 when Foodbrands acquired another company and KPR
absorbed an additional100 million pounds of business.
to Macola’s ease of use, we had a good handle on the system by the
time we were asked to absorb the new volume. If Macola hadn’t had the
flexibility to handle that growth, the transition would have been far
more difficult,” says Hodder. “I’m still not saying it was easy,
but the skill set of our people and the software’s flexibility made it
easier on all of us.”
the future, KPR Foods is looking into using Macola’s Material
Requirements Planning (MRP) to further reduce its inventory and the
associated costs, as well as Macola’s Bar Code program to help manage
the flow of product.
addition to the products listed above, KPR is using Macola’s Accounts
Payable, Accounts Receivable, General Ledger, Assets and Depreciation,
Inventory Manager, Order Entry, Purchase Order and Receiving, System
Manager, Bill of Material, ERS, Master Scheduler, Crystal Reports,
Manufacturing Cost Accounting, Purchase Order Processing, Standard
Product Cost, Standard Product Routing, EDI and Virtual Basic for
60 people access the system, which operates on a Compaq Proliant 6500
in 1933, Davis Controls is a
distributor, representative and licensed assembler for international
manufacturers of instrumentation and control products. The company
offers a comprehensive range of products for the industrial market.
Davis manufactures Klinger Magnetic Level Gauges and supplies them
across the continent through a network of local distributors and
1996, Davis Controls was challenged with the task of replacing the
company’s 20 year old legacy information system. Leading edge
technology, very knowledgeable consultants and a sound implementation
strategy helped make Macola’s Progression Series the preferred
1996, sales at Davis Controls have increased by more than 50%. This
represents explosive growth for a company that has been around for 68
Macola Progression Series has allowed us to increase our throughput
significantly, without incurring additional expenses to support it.
Progression is perfectly suited to meet all of our current and future
needs," says President Neil Montgomery.
was cutting edge technology that attracted Davis Controls to the Macola
Progression Series five years ago. And today, Davis is still impressed
with the direction of Macola.
and Progression Series are going places. By continuing to set new
standards of excellence, Macola makes it possible for Davis to
demonstrate the professional image that our customers expect," adds
Montgomery. “For almost 70 years, Davis has built and maintained a
leadership position in this country, serving Canadian industry by
providing reliable solutions for industrial control applications.
this leadership means a continuous investment in improving ourselves, in
adopting new technology and in finding better ways to give our customers
true peace of mind,” explains Montgomery. “Macola continues to
develop and provide the technology tools required to maintain a
competitive edge. We are proud of our record of continuous improvement,
and credit much of our success to the products that Macola continues to
August 2000, Davis upgraded from Btrieve to SQL, and also transitioned
from Citrix Winframe to Metaframe. In addition, the company installed an
IIS Server to support the transactional web site it is developing and
installed Web.Tools. More recently, Davis has been working with Return
Materials Authorization (RMA) and Executive Dashboard. The company
currently runs Progression 7.5.103e.
also is pleased with Macola’s customer service, both in the United
States and in Canada . "We have been very pleased with our
selection of Macola, and with the excellent service and support we have
received. They are always available with the appropriate resources to
resolve any issues that come up."
Controls runs all of Macola’s financial modules, as well as Currency
Manager, Enterprise Reporting System, Order Entry, Purchase Order,
Inventory Management, Bill of Material and Production Order Processing.
Story is from Exact / Macola Software's web site.