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This page describes some of the applications we have developed, ranging from simple asset tracking, to complete production-tracking and inventory systems.

Site: Whirlpool - Clyde/Marion/Findlay, Ohio plants

Application: Whirlpool needed to print serial plate labels to be applied to the appliances produced, and to simplify the process of ordering carton labels that coincide with the serial labels that are printed.

The system tracks the serial numbers, saving operators time.  Label scrap costs are controlled with the system features that do not print duplicate numbers and a with the re-print function.  Various reports can be printed to give production and management the information they need.

The application is a 32-bit application that can run under the Windows 95, 98, 2000, or NT operating systems under a network environment.  The system is responsible for sending commands and data to one or more Zebra 170Xi-ll thermal transfer printers.  The application is utilizing an NT server and uses SQL Server as the application database.  The system is written in Visual Basic 6.0 and employs ADO technology to access the SQL Server data.

Site: Malco Products

Barberton, OH

Application: Warehouse Pick/Ship Inventory System- Malco Products is a chemical products distributor.  They needed to track inventory, locate products, and reduce the number of errors being made by shipping the wrong product to a customer. This is a Windows 95/98/NT based system using 3  portable data terminals and a communication node.

Currently, all customer order information is being handled on Caelus system. On a daily basis, customer order information is downloaded to our PC system.

Any movement of raw materials or finished goods is tracked by an operator scanning the part number and location with a portable data terminal (PDT).  Raw Materials can be Received or Used for Production.  Finished Goods can be Put Away or Picked for Shipping.  In any of these cases, the information is sent to the PC via the node to update the inventory.

To Pick for Shipping, the customer order is downloaded to the PDT in the order each item is to be picked. All items and locations scanned are verified for accuracy by the PDT. As soon as all items have been picked, the data is sent back to the PC where a packing list is generated, items are removed from inventory and customer orders are closed.

Site: Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority

Canton, OH

Application: SMHA is a HUD agency. They need to track all purchase orders, inventory, assets, tenant rentals and work orders for their rental properties. 

Our system is a Windows network application running on a Windows NT file server. Our system provides control of all inventory and fixed assets, allows for accurate physical inventory, ties purchases and use of inventory with corresponding work orders and purchase orders. The system is based on barcoded data entry and portable barcode data terminals. The system tracks inventory/assets at multiple remote warehouse sites, mobile vans, and office sites.

Site: American Mailwell

Cleveland, OH

Application: American Mailwell is the largest manufacturer of envelopes in the world. Roll stock paper is received daily from 12 different mills in various sizes and weights. The raw material and finished goods system tracks all materials from receiving through production of envelopes. The system consists a Windows network. All current database are sent from the System 36, and updated information is sent back to the System 36.

Portable data terminals are used in receiving and in finished goods. In this system finished goods are defined as a product that is in the finished goods warehouse that may or may not be ready to ship.

Site: General Electric

St. Louis, MO

Application: Automate the production line by merging the production database files on a standalone PC with the production lines and new printer applicators.

The system includes a set of two native 32-bit Windows 95 applications. The primary program is responsible for the production mode. When a carton passes on a production line, a Microscan fixed-mount scanner reads the UPC code and sends it to the application.   The application then looks up the appropriate label and required label fields from a set of databases, and prints the required number of labels to a Zebra 140PAX printer applicator. The second program is used to perform the import procedure on the databases from corporate and to handle other database maintenance and configuration tasks.

Site: Diversified Brands (Sherwin Williams)

Bedford, OH

Application: Automate label printing on the production line by integrating existing equipment with a flexible, user-friendly PC-based application.

The labeling application is a Windows program used to control a network of serial keypads (terminals) for operator input at the various production lines, and to print labels to a network of printer and/or printer appliers. The custom labeling application provides for configuring the networks and allows for importing ASCII data.

Site: BevCorp

Application: BevCorp remanufactures large soda filling machines.  They inventory hundreds of parts, both new and reconditioned. 

To track the movement of inventory real-time in a wireless environment we provided an ITScriptNet solution using Apex III terminals, integrating with Bevcorp's customer Access inventory database.

Site: Multibase, Inc.

Copley, OH

Application: Multibase mfg. plastic pellets. They needed to track customer orders in process and transfer data to their accounting system.

The system uses ITScriptNet to communicate to wireless portable data collection terminals that capture receiving, blending and extruding data in real-time to track and update production and inventory status.  

Site: Electrolux (formerly Poulan Weedeater)

Nashville, AR

Application: Electrolux manufactures outdoor yard equipment. They wanted to print serialized labels on their 6 production lines and track the SKU's and serialized data.

 The system consists of a PC running a Lanpoint Network and printing labels using Zebra printers.  There is a Lanpoint terminal on each production line.  Prior to the beginning of a shift, the Lanpoint controller sends the SKU data to the production line with the beginning serial number. The production data is collected by our system to track and report daily production.  To eliminate/reduce down time, the system has sufficient redundancy to allow printing operations if the Server is unavailable for communications from the Lanpoint.  The serial number uniqueness is guaranteed in this failure mode. 

 

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