57,000+ miles of pipe perfectly tracked

Leading provider of specialty pipe coating systems goes mobile

Founded in 1972, Womble Company, Inc. is a leading provider of specialty coating systems for steel pipe that ranges in diameter from one-half inch to 36 inches. Based in Houston, Texas, the company primarily serves clients in the oil and gas, construction, and industrial manufacturing industries. Womble receives shipments on trucks, rails, and barges, and it employs 500 people.

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The challenge

Womble’s manual, paper-based processes made it impossible to keep up. Womble struggled to track customer inventory throughout its vast operations.

Man hours were lost, production was slowed and customer orders were delayed. Womble needed to close the gap between employees in open-air yards and their enterprise software. It needed to provide exemplary customer service in order to set itself apart from the competition.

To enhance operational efficiency and improve its customer service, Womble needed to automate and mobilize supply chain operations on their journey from analog to digital business.

“Cloud Inventory allows us to enter an order faster and produce our product quicker so we can respond to our customers in a timely manner, taking our customer service capabilities to an unprecedented level."

- Nick Stefanakis, Chief Financial Officer, Womble

The solution

Womble turned to Cloud Inventory® for a complete on and off-premise, multi-lingual solution that would help it overcome its inventory visibility and accuracy issues. Womble selected Cloud Inventory due to Cloud Inventory’s validated integration capabilities.

These optimized integrations allow Womble to seamlessly pull inventory and performance data into and out of EnterpriseOne. And Cloud Inventory’s multi-language functionality supports Womble’s English- and Spanish-speaking workforce.

Womble now has complete control over its extended supply chain processes. Should Womble’s business processes change or evolve over time, Cloud Inventory’s flexibility will allow Womble to manage or modify its solution with limited or no outside support, minimizing deployment times and costs.

The results

Womble no longer allocates part of its workforce toward pen-and-paper tracking or toward manually searching for missing product. Serializing and barcoding the pipe that enters its facilities allows Womble to track its customers’ products from receipt through shipping using a series of simple barcode scans.

Since implementing Cloud Inventory, Womble has successfully coated and tracked more than 57,000 miles of pipe—enough to wrap around the earth twice—without losing a single piece.

Employees are free to focus on the pipe coating process and other value-added activities, creating a dramatic increase in Womble’s daily productivity. Becoming more efficient also empowers Womble to provide the level of service its customers have come to expect.

"With more than 150 acres of open-air yards, we’re anything but a four-wall, brick-and-mortar facility,” said Bryan Brewer, IT and Operations Manager of Womble. “Our facilities are all outdoors, and Cloud Inventory is providing us the opportunity to be a mobile company.”

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