Centraalstaal facilitates growth with a metal solution by Pulse

Specialist with unique business process optimises business processes

Centraalstaal, manufacturer of building kits for ships, façade construction and artprojects plans to implement Pulse’s Metal solution to replace Prodin P2. In recent years, Centraalstaal has experienced strong growth. For that reason, and in order to optimise the business processes further still, improved information management was an absolute must. By improving the information management, the right conditions should be created to improve the distinctiveness and to guarantee continuity.

Centraalstaal therefore started to look for an integrated software solution. Following an extensive selection process, Pulse was selected as the implementation partner and the industry solution for Metal Businesses based on Microsoft Dynamics AX. Solution Through the solution that was selected for the metal industry, Centraalstaal will improve its logistics services for its customers further still and will raise the level of these services. This includes detailing, scheduling and monitoring projects with sub-orders, dynamic planning and calculation without a parts list and job routing and scheduling operations for several components simultaneously. The industry solution gives them an insight into the Work in Progress (WIP) position, the schedule and the stocks. Because of the integrated location management, Centraalstaal is able to manage its materials better, it has been given an insight into the progress of materials and it can quickly track and trace processed materials. Combined with an intelligent method of planning, Centraalstaal is able to reduce its costs and to achieve improvements in efficiency. Jan Koopmans, General Director of Centraalstaal explains the choice: “Effective support of the primary business process and fast but full acceptance by users are very important to us. At the same time, we were looking for a future-proof ERP solution, with a partner that has demonstrable knowledge of the accompanying business processes.” In effect, Centraalstaal has an ERP solution that enables it to perform integrated calculations, to carry out rough planning at department level and the fine planning at processing level. “The industry solution will support Centraalstaal’s desired approach. Furthermore, the industry solution is sufficiently flexible to perform a transition from the old situation to the new situation in phases, with minimum risk”, says Hiljon te Bomme from Pulse.

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Human factor Centraalstaal was not only looking for an ERP system, but also an implementation partner. Pulse fulfilled the conditions that were laid down. “An experienced partner who helps deliberate solutions for an unusual business concept was an absolute must. Pulse has an excellent understanding of the business processes of Centraalstaal and the people at Pulse have a good cultural fit with our people. They have also proven that they are a very high-quality partner. Centraalstaal is now half way through the process and I am very happy that we chose this partner with these solutions” Jildert Bokma, project manager, explains their choice. Te Boome adds to this: “we are proud that we are able to support a unique Dutch company in achieving its ambition. We are convinced that, with the solution for the metal industry, we offer Centraalstaal a good platform on which it can develop its latest ideas in respect of process optimisation.” About Centraalstaal  Since 1972, Centraalstaal has provided integrated project and logistics services for the international shipbuilding industry. With a team of more than 150 employees, Centraalstaal has bases in Groningen and Bremen. Centraalstaal manufactures building kits for ship construction, mega-yachts, marine ships, façade construction and engineering structures. These building kits consist of thousands of pre-cut, marked and sometimes pre-formed pieces of steel and aluminium sheets and profiles. Shipyards, engineers, architects and designers from all over the world go to Centraalstaal for the building kit and project support. Full commitment and a philosophy in which the solution is of the essence played an important role in the success of Centraalstaal. Further information about Centraalstaal can be found on their website. Centraalstaal forms part of the Central Industry Group. Also see http://www.centralindustrygroup.nl