Summit Industrial Products Advances Business Process Innovation for Private Label and MSDS Authoring

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Courtesy of UL The WERCS

Summit Industrial Products (Summit), a wholly-owned subsidiary of German-based Klüber Lubrication, manufactures specialty lubricants under private label relationships. The company manufactures more than 5,000 products at its three North American manufacturing facilities. Due to the increase in demand for its products, Summit began to evaluate numerous initiatives to improve critical business processes. Two major initiatives included the implementation of Ross Systems as its ERP solution and the implementation of The WERCS as its hazard communication software for authoring and distributing material safety data sheets and labels.

The Challenge
In total, Summit authors, in multiple languages, 5,000 MSDSs and 25,000 labels for approximately 5,000 products. This number is compounded by all its customers that request customized MSDSs and labels with their product names and logos. Most transactions included re-creating customer specific hazard communication documents prior to shipping. Over the years, Summit has amassed a very large inventory of pre-printed labels and MSDSs for each of its customers. In addition, the process of manually creating these documents required a dedicated staff. The company realized that this was one critical area in which it needed to improve process.

The Response
The implementation of Ross Systems provided Summit a scalable, global system to conduct all facets of business. In addition, it provided seamless integration with The WERCS for all MSDS and label authoring requirements. As in most implementations, The WERCS interfaces with the formulation, sales and inventory modules. This three-point integration allows an MSDS to be automatically created and distributed. In addition, it routes the necessary data points for all reporting requirements. In the case of Summit, The Wercs custom developed a unique 'product-alias' functionality to advance business process innovation for private label and MSDS authoring.

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