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Tribute to Host 33rd Annual User's Group Meeting

TribNet-Tribute-LogoTribute, Inc. will be holding their annual user's group meeting, TribNet, June 21-23rd at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center.

The 33rd user's group meeting features guest speaker Alicia Booker, VP of Manufacturing at Cuyahoga Community College, who will discuss strategies for working with local agencies and educators to develop the partnerships that will benefit employers looking for skilled help in manufacturing.

Brian Kazmierczak, Tribute's platinum partner, Rubber Tree Systems, will be outlining his company's new Rubber Tree Analytics software, which offers stunning visualizations and dashboards of Tribute and TrulinX data.

Clesc_phototour26The two and a half day conference will be full of training sessions on both TrulinX and Tribute Software systems and networking opportunities for the users.

Many users say that the ability to talk with other users of the software and meet Tribute staff face to face is an invaluable benefit of attending the conference.

The Program Priority Assignment and Program Review boards will meet to go over and rank customer project submissions determining the direction of Tribute's development teams' work for next six months. This system allows Tribute's development teams to respond nimbly to changes in the industry focus on projects that are relevant to the user base.

Tribute's vendor partners will be there to highlight their products and services. Tribute is proud to partner with the following vendors that will be exhibiting at TribNet:

  • 3Delta Systems - Credit Card Integration and Secure Payment Services
  • Enlighten.Net - Document management and Search Integration Solutions
  • Evergreen Consulting - Consulting Services to wholesale distributors to increase profits and grow the value of their business
  • Harland Technology Services - a leading provider of IT services and solutions for companies across the United States
  • Rubber Tree Systems - Sales Force Mobilization and Analytics software for ERP
  • Tour de Force - a fully functional mobile CRM/SFA solution integrated with Tribute and TrulinX software solutions
  • WarehouseTWO - North America's leading inventory-sharing solution for independent industrial wholesaler-distributors

Along with informative sessions and networking, TribNet members will enjoy visiting our hometown city of Cleveland, which continues to add entertainment, fine dining establishments and microbreweries along the riverfront and downtown communities.

Tim Reynolds, president of Tribute, Inc., and the staff of Tribute look forward to seeing customers and vendor partners this June and catching up on what's new in their lives and in their businesses.



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Stalled Startups: Small Businesses Sound Off on Tax Reform - U.S. Small Business Committee Press Release

Tribute's Top 15 Blog Posts of 2016

Catching Up with Tribute at the NAHAD Conference by Paul Heney of Hose Assembly Tips

Streamlining the Fluid-Power Supply Chain with Distributor Software by Leah Scully of Hydraulics & Pneumatics

Tribute Releases Updated TrulinX Business Value Calculator by Wall St Analyst

The Value of Hosting an NFPA Fluid Power Challenge by Tribute, Inc.

 

 


Alicia Booker, VP: Operations, Workforce, Community and Economic Development Cuyahoga Community College, to speak at TribNet 2017

Ms. Booker has an extensive history in work force development and connecting employers with employees. Prior to joining Tri-C, Ms. Booker was the president and CEO for the Genesee/Shiawassee County Michigan Works! Career Alliance, Inc., an organization that fosters systemic reform in workforce development to ensure continuous economic growth for employers and residents.

She also served as the Assistant Vice President for The Community College Workforce Alliance, a partnership between community colleges serving the economic development and workforce needs in 12 counties of Central Virginia. 

Over the past year, Cuyahoga Community College has provided training to more than 10,000 individuals through its workforce training programs.

Ms. Booker has expanded training options for Tri-C students and created “stackable” programs that offer, for example, a welding boot camp helping employers fill gaps right away, plus the option of a one-year welding credit certificate for more comprehensive education.

Working with the Alcoa Foundation, Ms. Booker helped to obtain a grant last year to upgrade Tri-C’s revamped manufacturing center’s lab with computer controlled machines, robotic arms and other technological tools vital to training tomorrow’s workforce. The new equipment will make Tri-C students more proficient with smart manufacturing methods, better preparing them for in-demand industrial jobs requiring increased technical skills.

Alicia's talk at TribNet 2017

Alicia knows the challenges companies in our industry face in finding the right employees. She also knows how community colleges are working to develop a skilled workforce. Ms. Booker will discuss strategies for working with local agencies and educators to develop the partnerships that will benefit employers.


TrulinX Releases Version 16.2

December 2016: Release 16.2.0003 is now available for the general TrulinX user base. Customers can download it from the Software Releases and Patches page of the TrulinX website.The main features included in Release 16.2 are:

Accounting: The AR Inquiry has enhanced search capabilities. Users can now select an Ending Invoice Date, Invoice number, Customer PO, and Check Number in inquiries.

Inventory:The new Dead Inventory Update Job will define what items in your inventory are considered dead stock based on the number of months since it was last sold.

Inventory-Sharing Integration: TrulinX can now return price and availability for an item through web-based order applications such as Parts Gopher.

CSR's now have expanded inventory-sharing search capabilities and can find item information relating to DistraNet and WarehouseTWO. TrulinX has also added the ability to import and export data to and from DistraNet.

Quotes/Sales Orders: Users can now print sales tax and estimated freight on the SO acknowledgement. Different types of Counter Orders can now be categorized through the new field Counter Order Program Type. Vendor Emergency Discounting has been added, which is used to set up discount structures for emergency situations where either a customer needs something without delay or you need an order from a vendor more quickly than usual.

And the new Sales Tax Exemption Maintenance feature allows users to specify tax exemption for individual items or for all items assigned to an sales product group

Work Order Management: Work Order Cost Finalization now ensures the cost will be finalized when built items are added into Work in Process as components. Plus each line of a work order will be separated into three categories: Average cost, Invoice Line, and Work in Process.


Tribute Inc. Celebrates Office Remodel

Tribute, Inc. staff members survived a comprehensive remodel of the corporate office, which included a move for part of the staff to adjacent space during the construction. The remodel created additional offices, conference and training space, and included a brand new kitchen and lunch area.

New cubicles gave staff members additional storage area and room for expansion and the front lobby now features an eye-catching seating area. The new training rooms allow for easier consulting and online training.

The renovation completion was celebrated by an Open House for Tribute staff and their families and featured a food truck, caricature artist, games and the shooting of Tim Mellinger's famous potato gun. We hope that if you're in the area, you'll stop by and see our bright shiny new space!

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tribute Releases Updated Business Value Calculator for Industrial Distributors

Tribute Inc. is proud to announce the release of their updated online Distribution Management Software Business Value Calculator. This tool lets users calculate how much their organizations can improve their bottom line by implementing TrulinX, an enterprise-wide distribution management system designed specifically for industrial distributors and fabricators.

“Numerous industrial distributors and system integrators do not realize how much time and money is wasted every day,” says Tim Reynolds, President of Tribute, “This tool helps them quantify that cost and identify the savings they could receive from deploying an industry-specific distribution and fabrication management solution like TrulinX.”

Powered by ROI Selling, its intuitive design and use of best practice statistics from trade associations such as AHTD, FPDA, ISD, NAHAD, and NFPA, allows users to easily generate results that show how a distribution management system like TrulinX can benefit their business. For example, using their company’s own data, users can calculate the annual or cumulative benefit over a six year time period in different areas such as warehouse and assembly labor, scrap material costs, inventory management, and more. This complimentary value calculator can be launched from the home page of Tribute, Inc. at http://www.tribute.com.

About Tribute Inc.
Tribute Inc. is a provider of industrial distribution management software with over 34 years of experience in the hose, fluid power, automation, fluid handling, power transmission, belting, sealing, motion control and related marketplace. Tribute's flagship product, TrulinX, offers industry-specific features to address the toughest distribution and fabrication demands to operate at maximum efficiency and bolster profits. Tribute is a member of many trade associations including AHTD, FPDA, ISD, GFA, NAHAD, NFPA & NIBA and partners with partner manufacturers including Bosch Rexroth, ContiTech, Dixon Valve & Coupling, Eaton Corp., Gates Corp., Garlock Sealing Technologies, Pall Corporation, Parker Hannifin, Sun Hydraulics, and others. Tribute is headquartered in Hudson, Ohio. For more information, visit www.tribute.com.


Tribute Customer Spotlight: Hydraulic & Pneumatic Sales, Inc.

HPSales-front entranceHydraulic & Pneumatic Sales, Inc., a Charlotte based company, is one of the Southeast’s leading fluid power distributors with branch locations in Roanoke, Virginia and Atlanta, Georgia.

Founded in 1978 by Charlie Cutts, Hydraulic & Pneumatic Sales (HPS) provides products, services and solutions in pneumatics, hydraulics, filtration and automation to the industrial and mobile market place. Along with providing complete systems and solutions, their Charlotte location is a certified service and warranty center for many top fluid power manufacturers.

HPSales-Picture3Charlie's sons, Kenneth (Vice President) and Kevin (Operations Manager), have joined the company and continue his tradition of providing quality products backed by quality service.

HPS has local inventories in addition to providing repair, service, and custom design. Their manufacturing facility specializes in power units, pneumatic, hydraulic, and electronic systems and they are an authorized service center for Moog, Danfoss Power Solutions, Haskel, Oilgear and Flo-Tork.

HPSales-Picture2Their facilities have test benching capabilities and can perform re-chroming; repair & testing of most manufacturers of hydrostatic transmissions, pumps, piston, gear, vane pumps, valves, servo & proportional valves, cylinders, motors, rotary actuators; plus hose repair & assembly.

They are also authorized representatives and stocking distributors for a variety of recognized fluid power manufacturers such as: Daman, Danfoss, Delta, Eaton, Gast, ITT, Moog, New Age Industries, Oilgear, Parker Ross Controls, Spartan Scientific, Stauff, Wandfluh, Weg and more.

HPSales-Picture4In 2007, HPS decided to upgrade technology from their former DISC software and invested in Tribute's flagship product, TrulinX. Shortly thereafter, Kevin Cutts became an integral member in the TrulinX PPAB board, which helps determine the direction of TrulinX programming. They have used TrulinX to streamline operations, cut costs and improve profitability.

HPSales-Picture1Active members of FPDA - The Motion & Control Network and the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA), HPS is committed is to providing customers with quality products and systems supported with prompt local service.

Hydraulic & Pneumatic Sales, Inc.
11100 Park Charlotte Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28273
704-588-3234
www.hpsalesinc.com


Tribute Customer Spotlight: MFP Automation & Engineering

MFP-automation2MFP Automation Engineering has one of the coolest headquarters in western Michigan.

Situated in an ultra-modern cantilevered building, the former Michigan Fluid Power has not only moved into a larger location, it has expanded its business into new markets to position itself for sustainable growth.

BuildingFounded in 1991, MFP previously focused on a narrow clientele in the automotive industry. In the past seven years, the manufacturer of fluid power, hydraulics systems and automation solutions has successfully pivoted and branched out to serve other sectors such as the oil and gas and wind energy industries, said Roger Betten, the company’s president.

According to Betten, the company began focusing on these new markets as the 2008 recession was happening, adding that the company dabbled in other markets, but not to the extent it needed to. The downturn forced them to get into new markets and expand its customer base.

“No one customer is over 5 percent of our business,” said Brad Kirk, the company’s COO. “There is growth in a lot of areas — anything that has large industrial application for power.”

Exec Team WarehouseThat growth-by-diversification strategy, coupled with increased business related to the resurgence of the automotive industry had MFP bursting at the seams, so in August of 2015 they moved into their new headquarters in Hudsonville, Michigan.

The new location has expanded MFP operations considerably. The 47,000 square-foot building has allowed them to streamline their manufacturing process, hire additional employees, and increase their inventory of Parker products with a new two-tier inventory carousel system.

Roger Betten, along with Marc Peterson, Director of Sales and Engineering, and Brad Kirk, are excited about their company’s future growth, set in motion by their move and an investment in a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, TrulinX software by Tribute, Inc., to implement efficient business processes and streamline day-to-day order entering and purchasing.

PUAlong with representing worldwide leaders in motion control and fluid power products like Parker Hannifin, Lincoln Lubrication, Ace Controls, Sun Hydraulics, Yaskawa and many more, training is a big part of MFP’s culture and it runs the gamut from product training to new technologies and processes.

In fact, MFP continuously hosts training classes throughout the year on a wide range of topics to ensure their customers are informed and educated about new innovations in the industry.

MFP's engineering department is staffed by certified fluid power specialists, mechanical engineers, and electrical engineers who also work with local colleges to assist engineering and manufacturing students in designing and building special projects as part of their curriculum.

WeldingMFP Automation Engineering offers an array of full systems solutions from power unit design and fabrication to custom manifolds to systems engineering and onsite installation of hydraulic, pneumatic and electrical systems.

A certified Parker Automation Technology Center, MFP carries a large inventory of Parker's hydraulic, pneumatic and electrical/mechanical products. Their Parker Store is ideal for projects that call for immediate pickup and hose assemblies and fittings that can be made while you wait.

TrainingA Tribute customer for over 20 years, MFP Automation Engineering has grown over 720% in that time. Their leadership and staff have an undeniable passion for their industry, their craft, and their company.

Those passions are what have shaped the success of MFP Automation Engineering, and ensures continued success in the future.

MFP Automation Engineering
4404 Central Parkway
Hudsonville, MI 49426
P (616) 538-5700
www.mifp.com
info@mifp.com


TrulinX Releases Version 16.1

Release 16.1.0002 is now available for the general TrulinX user base. Customers can download it from the Software Releases and Patches page of the TrulinX website.

The main features included in Release 16.1 are: 

  • The ability to merge and/or rename vendors
  • More enhancements for EDI transactions
  • The ability to email change POs
  • A new grid inquiry has been added for Sales Tax Invoice Detail to give a detailed breakdown of the sales tax for the period of time the user chooses
  • An enhanced Vendor Return Screen
  • Changes to the Customer Ship-To location lookup to sort by territory
  • Additional selection criteria in the Work Order Status Report to show only those Work Orders that are ready to be built
  • Enhancements to the Sun Hydraulics PO Export process
  • Upgrade to 3Delta Systems to accommodate their updated level of security for a more secure credit card connection with 3DSI

 April 2016


Tribute Customer Spotlight: Faxon Engineering

Faxon-logo2016 marks Faxon's 70 years of service to New England and beyond. Originally located in Hartford, CT, Faxon Engineering opened their doors in 1946 and incorporated in September of 1948.

Faxon Engineering is a leading distributor of hose, fittings, hydraulic, pneumatic and lubrication components to the Aerospace, Industrial, Marine, High Performance, Utility and Pharmaceutical markets.

Faxon6In the early 1960's, Faxon purchased Air and Hydraulics Engineering in New Haven, which is now known as their Faxon Milford branch. Current President and CEO John "Newt" Clark took the helm in 1973 and has continued to grow the company.

In 2010, Faxon embarked on a mission to become ISO9001+AS9120 certified. After many long hours and the hard work, Faxon is proud to hold the certification. This certification is driven by on-time delivery, controlling processes, maintaining customer satisfaction, maintaining any effective QMS system and ensuring continual improvement throughout the organization.

Faxon3Once they achieved that success, Faxon expanded their facility by moving into their current location in Bloomfield in 2011. In 2015, they expanded again by building additional warehouse space and Faxon now serves customers from a 21,000+ sq. foot facility.

Faxon Engineering has been awarded the Eaton Top 24 Premier Distributor Award from Eaton Corporation and both locations are authorized Eaton / Aeroquip Express Hose Centers. With a long line card, Faxon also carries Brennan, Dixon, Graco, Camozzi, Hose Master, Kepner, Kuriyama, Reelcraft, Titeflex, New Age Industries, HBD/Thermoid, among many others.

Whether you need a hose assembly out of rubber, teflon, metal or thermoplastic materials, Faxon can help you out. Their highly qualified fluid power specialists offer a wide range of services including custom fabrication of pipe, tubing and fittings and complete testing and inspection of their hose assemblies.

Faxon-truckOther services include on-site application assistance, custom kitting and tagging, bin-stocking program and dedicated inventories. Faxon is certified by NAHAD's Hose Safety Institute which ensures that their employees fabricate hose assemblies to a strict and comprehensive set of guidelines.

Faxon Engineering’s commitment to award winning and quality distribution is supported by an experienced sales force, dedicated customer service staff and conscientious warehouse personnel, all of whom strive to make it easy to do business with them from anywhere in New England and beyond. From order entry to delivery of the product, their mission is to achieve customer satisfaction through quality distribution at the lowest cost.

Faxon Engineering has been a Tribute customer since 2007 and uses TrulinX software to run their operation efficiently and profitably.

Faxon Engineering
www.faxonengineering.com
17 Britton Drive
Bloomfield, CT 06002
Phone: (860) 236-4266


TrulinX Releases Version 15.3

Release 15.3.0001 is now available for the general TrulinX user base. Customers can download it from the Software Releases and Patches page of the TrulinX website.

The main features included in Release 15.3 are: 

  • Bosch Rexroth distributors can now send a Point of Sales Report and rebate information to Bosch Rexroth directly from their TrulinX system. This capability is also available for Eaton Corp. and Parker Hannifin Corp. distributors. TrulinX also has integrated features to streamline the business processes of Dixon, Gates, Garlock, Pall and Sun Hydraulics distributors
  • The ability to create a Pro-Forma Invoice.
  • The ability to send a remittance report to a vendor via EDI
  • You can now create an acceptable text file for ACH Payments in the NACHA Block-10 format
  • The ability to add freight codes (for regular shipments and dropships) by several variables: location, customer, and customer ship-to.
  • TrulinX now can merge and rename customers.
  • The new Sales Territory Assignment Inquiry allows users to see all available territory assignments for a customer as well as what territory was assigned to an order or a line on any quote
  • A new dialog has been added to Work Order Management to notify users when items on the work order are inactive.

 January 2016


TrulinX Releases Version 15.2

Release 15.2.0002 is now available for the general TrulinX user base. Customers can download it from the Software Releases and Patches page of the TrulinX website.

The main features included in Release 15.2 are:

  • TrulinX has added the ability to import BOM structures via EDI Inbound Quote Import Transaction.
  • Parker Sales Report - users can now choose to have the ACK-To information appear on the Parker sales report or the Ship-To information.
  •  A new screen, Bulk Territory Assignment Process, has been added to allow users to assign, change, or delete territory assignments for customers and their ship-tos and SPCs.
  • Customers now have the ability to group inventory by manufacturer (family) and product line.
  • Customers now have the ability to override the selling location on a quote based on the territory.
  • Customers can give the system PO tolerance values (Percentage or Amount) which can be used to determine whether the variance is acceptable.
  • A new sophisticated and filterable log inquiry has been made for work orders: Work Order Activity Log Inquiry. The form will give all logged activity for any parent item, subassembly, or component on a work order with events such as Creation, Activation, Committing/Allocating/Releasing, Cancellation, Stock Transfer, Labor and Burden, Disposition Application and many more.

 Sept 2015


Eaton's Van Wert Aeroquip Express Store ... Powered By TrulinX

Eaton Corporation logoTribute, Inc.’s partnership with Eaton Corporation has been strengthened by the implementation of Tribute’s Windows-based distribution management product, TrulinX™, in Eaton’s facility in Van Wert, Ohio. The Van Wert facility, part of Eaton’s Hydraulics business, is a large manufacturer of hoses and fittings used primarily in the agricultural and automotive industries.

Store exterior 

Eaton Corporation chose TrulinX’s Counter Store application for their pilot project, the new Van Wert Aeroquip Express Store. This new store will serve three purposes: 1) test market new products 2) serve the local market with high quality products and services, and 3) illustrate to Eaton Distributors a “Best Practice” counter sale operation.

“The Van Wert Aeroquip Express will serve as a real-world training ground and laboratory for Eaton distributors, as well as for Eaton itself,” said Jeff O’Hearn, Eaton product manager. “It will enable us to learn market needs, market dynamics, and merchandising techniques firsthand and to pass this knowledge onto our distributor partners.”

Potential Aeroquip Express store owners, as well as current owners, are encouraged to visit the store that will be a test site for new merchandising programs and to share ideas on how to sell fluid-conveyance products in agriculture, construction, and truck and bus markets.

Tribute’s distribution management software enables Eaton distributors to reduce purchasing expenses and remove costs & errors from the supply chain. We are proud to be a part of this pilot project.




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Customer Spotlights

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MFP Automation Engineering

PowerFlow Fluid Systems

K.R. West Company

Cline Hose & Hydraulics

AOP Technologies

Mid-State Aerospace

Hydraulic Controls, Inc.

F.B.Wright Co. of Cincinnati

Faxon Engineering

Florida Seal & Rubber

ACI Controls

Geib Industries, Inc.

Colliflower, Inc.

Hose/Conveyors, Inc.

Summers Rubber Company

THG Corporation

Hampton Rubber Company

The Hose Shop, Inc.

Hydrotech, Inc.

Seals Unlimited

Hyspeco

Brennan Industries

Draco Mechanical Supply

IMS Company

TCH Industries

Nashville Rubber and Gasket Co., Inc.

Pearse-Bertram LLC

Epperson & Company

Jerry Brothers Industries, Inc.

Kraft Fluid Systems, Inc.

Dale Prentice Co.

Transmission & Fluid Equipment, Inc.

Goldstein-Schwartz, Inc.

Estabrook Corp.

Rubber & Accessories, Inc.


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