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Epicor Opens Door to Process Transformation at Southco

In the age of the fourth industrial revolution, popularly known as Industry 4.0, digital technologies are linking physical and digital worlds. Southco, an English manufacturer of engineered access hardware solutions, began its global digital transformation journey over 10 years ago. Epicor Advanced Manufacturing Execution Software (MES) is embedded right at the heart of its manufacturing facility, linking with other smart technologies and business systems to exchange information.

Industry: Manufacturer of Access Hardware

Product: Latches, Fasteners, Hinges, Monitor Mounts, Handles

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Employees: <500

Head Office: Worcester, England


  • Transform a traditional manufacturing business into a smart operation using Industry 4.0 technologies
  • Improve operational effectiveness
  • Optimise product quality control


  • Epicor Advanced MES (Mattec)


  • Improved assembly bench utilisation by 40%
  • Increased Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
  • Reduced manual data entry
  • Increased accuracy and productivity
  • Critical data for decision-making available anytime, anywhere

Facilities Transformed into Smart Factories

Operations teams at Southco use Epicor Advanced MES to seamlessly blend data and production, optimising every machine and production run to deliver superior quality products. Facilities have been transformed into smart factories by connecting software with processes to increase efficiency – all while reducing defects, downtime, and waste.

Epicor Advanced MES is linked to the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, the tool room, and the maintenance team, as well as the quality, planning, and production teams. It extracts and organises data from a host of different sources into a simple dashboard that helps to support continual improvement in the manufacturing process. This information is accessible anytime, anywhere, and from any screen—including mobile devices.

By linking to an ERP system, tooling can be allocated almost immediately, meaning new production can start with minimal downtime.

About Epicor
 Epicor Software Corporation drives business growth by providing flexible, industry-specific software designed to fit the precise needs of your manufacturing, distribution, retail and service operations. Epicor solutions can dramatically improve performance and profitability while easing complexity, enabling you to focus on growth.