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Inventory and Production Tracking to the Cloud


How is cloud computing changing how we track and control inventory and production. …

How is cloud computing changing how we track and control inventory and production.
This presentation by my friend Peter Green of BellHawk discuss this.

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  • 1. Inventory and Production Tracking Move to the Cloud
  • 2. What Do We Track?
  • 3. Eliminate Paperwork and Manual Data Entry
  • 4. Operational BenefitsReal-Time Information for Improved Decision Makingby Managers and SupervisorsPrevents Employees from Making Operational MistakesCollects Data for LEAN initiativesCuts Inventory Carrying CostsReduced Scrap, Rework and Overtime costsPrevents Late Shipment of Customer OrdersReduced Shipping and Receiving Labor
  • 5. Information Technology BenefitsEliminates Need to Maintain Software on Company ServersUses Web Browser Interface to eliminate need to maintain client software on PCsWorks with most ERP and Accounting SystemsExtends Life of ERP Systems – Automated Data ExchangePrints barcode labels on local Barcode printers using information from web-based systemInterfaces with Weighing Scales and Process Control Systems Secure Communications with Private Database
  • 6. Systems Architecture
  • 7. Remote Barcode Printing
  • 8. WebHawk On-Line Service CostsInventory Tracking System $200/Month Per Device - $25/Month Per Staff User - $15/MonthProduction Tracking System $200/Month Per Weighing Scale - $25/MonthJob and Material Tracking System $450/MonthBarcode Labeling $75/Month – uses BarTender Automation Purchase Order Receiving $50/Month Customer Order Picking, Packing and Shipping $75/Month Average Wages of Manufacturing Worker $4,500/month Plus 30% Fringe Benefits = $5,850/Month
  • 9. Uses of Barcodes1. Track Inventory2. Track Work-in-Process3. Track Movement of Materials4. Track Conversion of Materials5. Track Receipt of Materials6. Track Shipment of Materials7. Track Delivery of Materials8. Prevent Mistakes9. Build Materials Traceability Database10. Capture Production Costs
  • 10. Problems with Paper Records1. Data Collection Mistakes  Write Anything You Want2. Operational Mistakes  No Warnings3. Delays in Data Entry  If Entered At All into Computer4. No Real-Time Management Oversight  Limited Access to Data5. Defects and Recalls  Row of Filing Cabinets Problem6. Wasted time in writing down data and keying into computer  Plus time fixing mistakes
  • 11. Barcode Scanning is Solution1.Point-and-Shoot Data Recording • Quick and Accurate • No Mistakes Writing Down of Data2.Immediate Validation of Data • Warning if Wrong Data Captured • Warning if Wrong Material or Operation • Warning if Defective or Contaminated Material being Used3.Builds Tracking Database • Immediately Available • Real-Time Data Available for Management Oversight • Traceability History for Error Detection and Recall Minimization
  • 12. “License Plate” Tracking A tracking barcode or RFID tag is placed on every container, box, barrel, reel, roll, and individually barcoded itemBarcode or RFID Tag is an Identifier - Information is contained in Database Database Server Computer Database Records - One per License Plate Number
  • 13. Nested Container Tracking
  • 14. Inventory Tracking
  • 15. Receiving1. Weigh Products to Verify or Compute Quantity2. Scan GS1 Barcodes – if present – or enter on keyboard • Part Number, Quantity, Lot Number, Expiration Date3. Print Internal Tracking Barcode Label • With Tracking Barcode • With Internal Part Number and other Human Readable Information
  • 16. Production1. Track Start and End of Operation for Job on Machine/Line2. Scan Employee/Team Badge in and out of Operation3. Scan Materials into Job Step4. Scan Materials out of Job Step5. Scan Materials returned from Job Step6. Track Machine/Line Setup, Start and End Run, Cleanup and Down Time7. Handle Run-Groups
  • 17. Picking, Packing and Shipping
  • 18. “Magic” FormsEasy to UseEntry Boxes Automatically AppearCan Lookup Information during Data Entry • Items • Location of Items – in Age First OrderAll the hard work is done during setupTo make it simple for operators
  • 19. Bell-Connector FrameworkProvides Over 90% of Automated Data Transfer Code Pre-Generated Or Automatically Generated
  • 20. Happy Customers