Nylene Canada Runs Its Own Show With Sage 500 ERP
Newly autonomous $100 million firm needed economical ERP installed in just three months to manage all aspects of business and manufacturing operations
Sage 500 ERP with full complement of financial and manufacturing modules, providing enterprise-wide business management information
System was successfully launched within extremely aggressive timeframe; has saved equivalent of 3-5 full-time employees by centralizing functions
What a difference corporate restructuring can make, as Nylene Canada discovered when it was spun off recently from Honeywell Nylon Canada. The head office had provided accounting services to its subsidiary. Suddenly, Nylene had to fi nd a system to support its own financial management—and fast.
“Three months was all we had to transition to a completely new accounting system from the corporate SAP system,” says Shiraz Meghji, vice president of finance and accounting. “What a tremendous challenge. In addition, we could not allocate additional hours above and beyond our normal duties for implementation. Given these parameters, we had no idea if a launch was even possible.”
Selecting Sage 500 ERP
Nylene Canada, which manufactures nylon resin for carpet yarn and the yarn itself, chose Sage 500 ERP ERP as its new business system. “I was initially attracted to Sage Software because our parent had been using Sage Line 500 as its ERP,” says Meghji. “After researching the market, I was impressed with the centralized functions in Sage 500 ERP, especially its ability to handle cash management. The system seemed to have the power and manageability necessary for a company our size.
“Equally important was fi nding a business partner who was competent and gutsy enough to attempt a really fast implementation,” he continues. “Our business partner was both. He helped us confi gure a system, and assured us the project could be done.”
Full Spectrum of Capabilities
To Mehgji’s amazement, the system was installed exactly as promised. The transition was seamless to customers, and did not disrupt the ongoing workfl ow of users.
“Our implementation required a lot of faith and a little bit of luck,” notes Meghji. “Toward the end, we had some training to do, and some forms that needed customizing at the last minute. Nevertheless, we stuck with our original deadline. On Day One we were actually able to ship, invoice, pick orders, and generate documents for customers, all with Sage 500 ERP. It was phenomenal.”
Sage 500 ERP now manages the entire enterprise at Nylene Canada, from the general ledger and accounts receivable to inventory and warehouse operations. Sage 500 ERP begins its work at Nylene Canada the moment an order comes in, when data is entered into the Sales Order module. The software then manages inventory picking and shipping, for real-time customer information.
Triple-Check for Accuracy
On the production side, Nylene uses the Advanced Manufacturing module in Sage 500 ERP to track raw materials when they arrive at the plant. Nylene uses a recipedriven manufacturing process, and runs the Materials Requirement Planning (MRP) module to determine when materials need replenishing. When a pound of product is released from raw materials, the system checks minimum levels and triggers a requisition and purchase order, for automated ordering.
“We include a purchase order number on each requisition,” notes Meghji. “When goods come in and are received by the system, we can compare a PO, receipt, and invoice, for three-way matching against AP.”
When bills match properly against inventory, data flows to the Accounts Payable module, which interfaces with finance records, Sage 500 ERP sets up a table and performs check runs based on each invoice’s due date.
Back when Nylene was a subsidiary, the treasury department at Honeywell assumed responsibility for its cash flow. “Suddenly when we became a standalone company, cash management was a huge issue. We had to deal with credit limits for the first time,” says Meghji.
“Sage 500 ERP is a fantastic tool in this regard. For example, in the Accounts Receivable module we can bring up data on a customer and instantly see their credit status. We can also view account aging. Having this information up front helps us follow through on accounts for better cash flow,” he adds.
Speed and Savings
“Our new Sage 500 ERP system is so much faster than what we had before,” says Meghji. “Information is now instantly available to us. We can look up customer and vendor status in a minute or two, rather than waiting hours or even days for reports to come from headquarters. Also, we’re realizing important savings in system maintenance, because the entire system is here where we have easy access to it.”
Another benefit has come in cost savings. Nylene previously reimbursed its parent company for accounting support. By bringing these functions in-house, the company now has a much more economical solution.
“All I can say is ‘wow,’” says Meghji. “We did a migration to Sage 500 ERP from SAP in just 90 days. Now we have a much more efficient and user-friendly system, with savings equivalent to a three-to-five-person reduction in headcount. It’s an incredible achievement for Sage 500 ERP, our business partner, and the Nylene conversion team.”