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Headquartered in Milwaukee, US, STRATTEC Security Corporation is the world's largest producer of automotive locks, keys and related security access control products. This case study shows how STRATTEC uses a combination of LANSA's application development, modernization and BPI tools to greatly enhance the screen navigation of its System21 ordering, inventory and shipping applications and to replace repetitive tasks with automated Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) processes. Using LANSA, STRATTEC has been able to customize its System21 ERP implementation to a great deal. This was especially effective in its Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP) and Material Requirements Planning (MRP) modules. When dealing with its production customers - car manufacturers - STRATTEC uses Nutech's warehouse management system and Future3 for EDI transacting. Earlier, System21 did not provide the required functionalities to the company. Also, the order entry for aftermarket customers such as car dealers and locksmiths were mostly done manually. The orders that were sent electronically by its customers could only automate EDI up to the point of STRATTEC's Value Added Network (VAN). From here, it was to be retrieved manually. The company felt the need to improve and streamline its business processes without replacing or rewriting the underlying System21 application code. This was done through the installation of various LANSA applications such as LANSA RAMP and LANSA Composer.
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