Compiled By Doug Bartholomew The unique needs of metal processors are the focus of a new software package from MAPICS Inc. Called MAPICS Metal Manufacturing Solution, the system manages the logistics of processing coils and skids by helping companies track attribute and component relationships, integrated chemistry, ratio frequency transactions, purchasing specifications and held-for-inspection reporting. The software is integrated with MAPICS ERP for IBM's iSeries servers. "As a manufacturer of metal products, it is difficult to find an ERP solution that meets my specific information needs," says Remco Blaauw, CFO at Apollo Metals Ltd. "Most systems do not offer sufficient functionality. MAPICS' Metal Manufacturing Solution provides me access to the critical information that I need to conduct business and keep up with the changing demands of e-business." Adds Steve Watson, director of product marketing for MAPICS, based in Alpharetta, Ga., "This new offering provides leading mid-market metals manufacturers with a tool that will enable them to operate more efficiently and prepare them to better compete in today's business climate."