In the age of the fourth industrial revolution—known as Industry 4.0—digital technologies are linking physical and digital worlds. Southco—an English manufacturer of engineered access hardware solutions, such as entry door latches and locks—began its global digital transformation journey over 10 years ago. Epicor Advanced MES, formerly Mattec 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.

Success Highlights


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


  • Epicor® Advanced MES, formerly Mattec MES


  • Improved assembly bench utilization by 40%
  • Increased Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
  • Reduced manual data entry
  • Increased accuracy and productivity
  • Made critical data for decision-making available anytime, anywhere, from any screen



About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.