CHICAGO (July 14, 2:20 p.m. EDT) — Mascon has developed new e-business tools to help the software provider give companies an online assist.
The Schaumburg, Ill.-based firm is launching a Web-based system that can connect with a plastic processor´s computer system, said Mascon partner Amir Raza. The company plans to become an applications service provider to allow companies to access in-house business information at Mascon´s Web site, Raza said.
"Many of our customers find it difficult to invest the money to set up in-house systems," Raza said. "We are an information-technology service company that can give them a more cost-effective solution."
Processors pay a monthly subscription fee to use Mascon´s system, instead of purchasing their own software for supply-chain management.
Mascon also announced its new Aims CustomerFirst software, allowing processors to communicate with customers on orders, inventory levels, pricing and other issues.
The company also said during NPE 2000 that it has signed a contract, estimated at $500,000, with Alltrista Engineered Plastics Corp. for the thermoformer to use its Aims business-management software.
Alltrista will use the software to tie together operations of two industrial thermoforming divisions, Triangle Plastics and TriEnda Corp., said Hal Drumheller, Alltrista vice president of finance. The system is expected to be completed by late this year, he said.