‘”CAS is of huge value to us. We have more than 40,000 tonnes of steel sheets on stock. You can’t tell the quality or chemical composition of a sheet just by looking at it. For us, CAS means quality, security and traceability, throughout the process.”
An absolute first! CAS was used for the first time at Stigterstaal, the leading suppliers to the maritime industry. In fact, CAS was born at Stigterstaal. With a clear focus on optimum quality, Stigterstaal collaborates with a number of partners. They supply (processed) steel sheets to their customers. Every sheet comes with a certificate, that contains a whole series of data, including the chemical values. And those details are very important, because not every steel type can be used in every application. Certainly not in shipbuilding.
Thanks to the smart application from CAS, Stigterstaal is now able to automatically identify and link the certificate to the correct steel sheet. “We are now able to easily and quickly identify in our ERP system (...) which certificate matches the customer’s wishes,” explained Gerben. “We then pass on that information to the warehouse and the warehouse staff know exactly which sheet to pick.”
Commercial manager Gert van der Velden added, ‘”CAS is of huge value to us. We have more than 40,000 tonnes of steel sheets on stock. You can’t tell the quality or chemical composition of a sheet just by looking at it. For us, CAS means quality, security and traceability, throughout the process.”
CAS developed a special certificate portal for Stigterstaal, that runs flexibly and efficiently. In Gert’s words, “The certificate portal is an easy-to-us tool in which we place all the certificates for a sales order or project, in a single location. And our customers have access to all those records, at any time. The whole process now runs faster and more easily, not only for us but also for our customers.”
The cooperation between CAS and Stigterstaal is remarkable, in that it in fact led to the establishment of CAS itself. “It all started around 5-6 years ago,” explained Gerben. “The process of linking certificates to the metal sheets was often a cause of irritation and much lost time. We agreed there had to be a better way.” Having identified the problem, Gerben approached a software company. “Unfortunately, the people we called in were unable to create the solution we needed, but Bastiaan, the founder of CAS, was convinced that a solution could be achieved. Together with us, he worked on perfecting the partly developed software system.”
As well as its remarkable origin, the cooperation between us has always been pleasant. In Gert’s words, “They are friendly, open people and we felt the chemistry, right from the start.”
For the time being, CAS does everything Stigterstaal needs it to do, but there are already new plans for the future. Gert concluded, “I am often in touch with Koos, the director at CAS. We discuss the way the market works, and how we can perhaps be of assistance to each other, in the future. For the time being, everything is working perfectly.”