The client is the world’s largest distributor of industrial,
medical and specialty gases and welding equipment. It
is also one of the largest distributors of safety supplies in
the USA. The client has acquired more than 300 related
Its extensive North American network of about 800
locations includes retail stores, gas fill plants, specialty gas
labs, production facilities and distribution centers.
The client distributes argon, helium, hydrogen, nitrogen,
oxygen, welding gases, a variety of medical and specialty
gases, as well as dry ice and protective equipment (hard
Its two air-separation plants produce oxygen, nitrogen and
argon. It also sells welding machines; rents industrial gas
tanks and produces acetylene and nitrous oxide.
The client had the need to build a production planning
module in order to have one comprehensive system for
specialty gas production and to consolidate the other
multiple production related systems.
The production system had to provide a tool for improving
on-time shipment performance, consolidate the multiple
production related systems and provide a standard
template for certificates and labels, provide a means to
measure production performance in a standard fashion
across the client’s network in order to drive improvement.
The production planning system also had to be integrated
with Symbol’s Pocket PC so that the client’s employees
could carry out certain tasks from anywhere in the plant.
The client required a partner that could provide innovative
solutions, technical support and deliver reliable products.
The inventory management system is a centralized product
tracking solution used for order processing, accurate
inventory, performing audits,
maintaining cylinder history records, maintaining accurate
billing records and report generation.
AppLabs worked closely with the client to analyze the