Limpet Tapes secures information visibility with SYSPRO ERP

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New system supports production integration for world's largest top-surface tape printing plant 

Limpet Tapes Ltd, the UK's largest tape printing business and soon to be the world's biggest top-surface printing business, has chosen SYSPRO ERP from enterprise software company K3 Business Technology Group (K3).

Cambridgeshire-based Limpet Tapes is combining its three production sites into one with SYSPRO providing the IT backbone to support the restructure into a single site. The printed tape specialist anticipates that the fully-integrated SYSPRO enterprise resource planning system will provide greater visibility of critical information and operational savings.

Limpet Tapes produces a vast range of surface printed tapes for all kinds of applications ranging from packaging to warning tapes. The company also provides an innovative water-based pallet stabilisation product called Lock n' Pop that offers an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional stretch wrapping.

After using a bespoke UNIX system for more than 20 years, Limpet Tapes recognised the need for a state-of-the-art user-friendly system to replace its ageing inflexible technology. Experiencing exceptional growth in printed tape production, SYSPRO will underpin the expansion of the business. The company will implement the core Manufacturing, Distribution and Financial modules.

We needed a new system to cope with the very strong growth in the production of our printed tape products. Currently we produce over 200 million metres of tape per year and the demand is growing. To streamline our processes we are proposing to put all our production planning into SYSPRO. This will undoubtedly boost our efficiencies which will help us to reduce operational costs. We can then pass on these savings to our customers, says Ken Mellor, Managing Director, Limpet Tapes.

The SYSPRO system will provide significant features and functionality to Limpet Tapes. According to Ken Mellor: SYSPRO will be much easier to use than our old Unix system. We are also looking forward to offering our customers the opportunity to access and query their orders through the secure web-interface.

They often have dozens of orders with us at any one time and the new SYSPRO system will allow them to see how their orders are progressing. The flexibility of the system will enable us to easily handle orders ranging from less than 100 rolls to over 100,000 rolls. This will allow us to offer services to support all sizes of businesses.

Limpet Tapes will benefit from slicker accounting administration as SYSPRO will enable the company's accounts department to email statements and invoices instead of having to print them out and post them. This adds up to significant savings for Limpet Tapes.

The ability to email account information to customers rather than use traditional postal services will improve our accounting processes. These days it is important to automate as many manual processes as possible. We see that SYSPRO provides the IT tools for us to do this, says Ken Mellor.

K3 will provide full system support to Limpet Tapes. Ken Mellor describes this as crucial because the company has few IT literate staff and does not have an IT department. K3s proactive support provides total management of Limpet Tapes system. This ensures that the system is secure, backups are performed daily and all software updates including antivirus and OS upgrades are done regularly. K3 will also upgrade hardware as required.

We need expert support for our system and K3 is providing this. We can rely on them to ensure our system runs smoothly allowing us to get on with our business without worrying about the IT, says Ken Mellor.


About K3 Business Technology Group

K3 Business Technology Group employs 90 people at its Manchester head office and its branches throughout the UK and Ireland. The company offers solutions in enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management, advanced planning and scheduling, warehouse management, human resources and e-business. SYSPRO is used by some 12,000 sites across the world. K3 Business Technology Group is part of K3 Business Technology PLC which is a global leader in providing next-generation enterprise software for businesses in the retail, manufacturing and distribution sectors. With more than 3,000 customer installations in over 30 countries, K3 is recognised as a safe, innovative and reliable provider of world-class solutions, backed by world-class service.

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