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Specialist manufacturer Tor Coatings moves up a gear with K8 Manufacturing

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Tor Coatings


Customer: Tor Coatings

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The requirement

For over 30 years, Tor Coatings has manufactured its own branded products as well as products for other well known brands. The Birtley-based business is a subsidiary of RPM International Inc., a multi-national multi-billion dollar business with subsidiaries which manufacture and market high performance coatings, sealants and speciality chemicals.

In 2008, Tor’s management team concluded that their existing software, which integrated stock control, EDI and batch traceability, was no longer fit for purpose as they required a ‘real time’ solution which offered accurate business critical information. Parent group RPM also required improved information on financial performance.

The existing software was also text-based, matching Tor’s past production requirements, but what they needed was a graphical user interface (GUI) solution which could display KPIs in a dashboard style view for management purposes.

The solution

K8 Manufacturing consolidates data from across a business into a single source, ensuring all information is both accurate and up to date. The system was easily configured to work within Tor’s manufacturing and multi-fill requirements, and also offered a till sales module for use with the company’s sales counter.

Gains and benefits

  • Configured to suit the business
  • Complete control of raw materials
  • Improved warehouse management
  • Purchasing reflects sales orders
  • Platform for business growth
  • Opportunities to extend system use
  • Pro-active business management
  • Future proof - turn on functionality

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