Graphite Electrode ERP Application


The Opportunity…

A producer of graphite electrodes used in Electrode Arc Furnace Applications performed suitability tests against the leading ERP software vendors and determined that the degree of customization for those products in replacing their existing ERP application was cost prohibiting. The opportunity was to replace their current ERP application, that focused on the specific functionality needed at less cost than a customized, off-the-shelf product. An additional requirement was to write the application in a language the customer’s IS staff had experience with so that the system, upon completion, could be handed over to the customer for further modifications as needed. The specific functionality required included customer management, materials management, order entry, inventory management, costing and other accounting standards, shipment (bill-of- lading, invoicing), and integration with their current accounting system (EPICOR) after invoicing.

The Solution…

The application was developed using Visual Basic, Crystal Reports and SQL Server. Many of the existing spreadsheets used throughout the facility were updated to directly retreive information from the database in real-time.

The Result…

The application met the customer’s requirements and total cost of implementation was approximately 10% of an off-the-shelf ERP product, not including customization costs. The customer has been able to make modifications to the application with in-house staff.