VAI S2K Software Suite, IBM Power Systems server go into RefrigiWear

VAI was selected as the ERP vendor for RefrigiWear based on its integrated, robust system suite, including integration with a new automated warehouse, with better picking and shipping accuracy using radio frequency (RF) guns. Physical inventory took one third of the time.


VAI S2K v5.0 Enterprise Management Software

VAI (Vormittag Associates Inc.), provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for the distribution, manufacturing, retail and service industries, and an IBM Premier Business partner, announced it has implemented its entire ERP software suite including S2K for Commerce Express, Distribution, Manufacturing, Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Retail for RefrigiWear Inc. In addition, VAI installed an IBM Power System, providing RefrigiWear with the ability to run its entire business on one server.

RefrigiWear, headquartered in Dahlonega, GA, manufacturers insulated industrial outerwear. Established in 1954, the company pioneered the insulated outerwear industry and since, has supplied a wide range of industries with the garments and accessories needed to keep workers warm, safe and productive.

VAI customized a Parent Billing feature for RefrigiWear, allowing the company to group subsidiary accounts belonging to the same parent customer. This function enables swift, seamless and streamlined invoice distribution procedures that speed time to payment and as such, is now included in VAI's base package offerings. A tailored product configurator tool gives RefrigiWear staff the ability to generate a made to order bill of materials for manufacturing customer orders quickly and efficiently. In addition, VAI seamlessly integrated its S2K solution with Varsity Logistics ShipViewMPlus, the order fulfillment and delivery management solution used by RefrigiWear.

Integration with our new automated warehouse, which utilizes radio frequency (RF) guns, has dramatically increased our picking and shipping accuracy and allowed physical inventory in one third of the time.

Robert Scarboro, IT Director, RefrigiWear, said VAI ERP was selected based on "its totally integrated, robust system suite, which has already improved our day-to-day business operations.

Rich VanHelden, Project Manager, VAI, commented, "The ability for a company to deliver its merchandise in a timely fashion is of the utmost importance in driving customer loyalty. RefrigiWear recognized that consolidating its server and adding VAI's ERP suite was a strategic approach to better managing its warehouse and daily distribution operations, ultimately enabling a long-term competitive advantage. We are extremely pleased to work with RefrigiWear and help them realize a high-value return on this important technology investment."

VAI's S2K software offerings, developed to work together with the IBM Power Systems platform, help companies improve operational efficiencies and deliver bottom-line results. S2K leverages the Power Systems integrated design, which offers a built-in database, advanced system management features, advanced security features and a virus resistant design meant to simplify IT environments and optimize the reliability and availability of business applications.

RefrigiWear's 10 cold tips for keeping warm, besides using clothes that fit the job, include eating more !

VAI (Vormittag Associates Inc.) offers a demonstration of VAI - S2K Enterprise Management Software, Release 5.0 .

-Edited by Mark T. Hoske, electronic products editor, MBT,

No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2013 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
A cool solution: Collaboration, chemistry leads to foundry coat product development; See the 2015 Product of the Year Finalists
Raising the standard: What's new with NFPA 70E; A global view of manufacturing; Maintenance data; Fit bearings properly
Sister act: Building on their father's legacy, a new generation moves Bales Metal Surface Solutions forward; Meet the 2015 Engineering Leaders Under 40
Cyber security cost-efficient for industrial control systems; Extracting full value from operational data; Managing cyber security risks
Drilling for Big Data: Managing the flow of information; Big data drilldown series: Challenge and opportunity; OT to IT: Creating a circle of improvement; Industry loses best workers, again
Pipeline vulnerabilities? Securing hydrocarbon transit; Predictive analytics hit the mainstream; Dirty pipelines decrease flow, production—pig your line; Ensuring pipeline physical and cyber security
Upgrading secondary control systems; Keeping enclosures conditioned; Diagnostics increase equipment uptime; Mechatronics simplifies machine design
Designing positive-energy buildings; Ensuring power quality; Complying with NFPA 110; Minimizing arc flash hazards
Building high availability into industrial computers; Of key metrics and myth busting; The truth about five common VFD myths

Annual Salary Survey

After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.

The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.

Read more: 2014 Salary Survey: Confidence rises amid the challenges

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.