Before answering that question, I would like to clarify the term "scanner." Most people refer to any device that is able to read a barcode as a scanner. That is true, but many of the scanners deployed in a warehousing operation are actually mobile computers with scanners built in. The scanner is just the imaging component on the front of the device that projects a line, dot or crosshatch to read the barcode. Think of it like your smartphone. Yeah, we call it a phone, but it is also a mobile computer, camera, navigation device, etc.
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Today, Americans across the nation are celebrating the countless veterans who have served our country. And we are not alone. Veterans Day in the United States coincides with other holidays across the world, such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, to mark the formal end of World War I on November 11, 1918.
I recently had the privilege of being a presenter at our 2014 User Group conference this past October. As I sat in the Grand Ballroom on Day 1, listening to our IQMS directors present their departments' achievements, I was impressed. However, once I heard the stories from our IQMS Manufacturing Success Award finalists, I was in awe. I was blown away by the humility and the ingenuity that our customers shared with all of us, and I felt very proud to serve our customer base.
Hellllooooooo, Las Vegas! I have been waiting weeks for the arrival of User Group 2014 and finally, after two years in the making, it is here! And let me tell you, Day 1 did not disappoint - It was a whirlwind of networking, learning and fun. If you were unable to attend User Group 2014, let me give you a quick peek into what you missed today:
We at IQMS get the pleasure of dealing with manufacturing businesses on a daily basis. My whole career has been dedicated to the manufacturing industry and I have always enjoyed walking through a busy plant. Getting high utilization and maximum efficiencies out of constrained resources has been a lifelong goal of mine, regardless of what product is being produced.
When we all started school as young children, we were given the same speech about keeping our binders nice and tidy. We all had to go to the local office supply store, buy the colorful subject dividers and begin the year on a good note by placing every piece of paper in its proper spot. But if anyone saw those same binders at the end of the year, they would see an exploding paper basket in place of the once neat and tidy Filofax.
I recently read an article written by the CEO of LinkedIn, Jeff Weiner. His tone and opinion on the people he enjoys working with resonated with me. It got me to thinking about the qualities and traits of the ideal Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist. My observations come from working with some of the best QA Specialists in software.
I am fortunate to be able to call myself the Mom of a beautiful baby girl named Avery. Upon meeting her for the first time, many acquaintances compared her name to the label and office supply producer of the same moniker. Some even followed this parallel with a joke along the lines of: Well, that's a name that will "stick!" And even though I groaned at these jokes, they did later get me thinking about labels.
In the EnterpriseIQ customizable desktop dashboard, Smart Page, IQMS users can configure Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that allow users to display a dashboard full of multiple charts. This analytics tool allows a user to quickly glance at the performance of the same user-defined metric without running reports that often take time to prepare and additional time to read. Many of our users display these KPIs in a slideshow on the shop floor to help their employees identify problems quickly. The KPIs paint a nice picture that is easy to understand, with visualize variation that may not be as evident in tabular spreadsheet or report form.