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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Every day, we spend a lot of time looking around for things in our lives and if you think about it, we waste a lot of time doing this activity. Yes, some of us have routines that we stick to (trust me, I am guilty of that), but there are times the routine just does not work. For example, we try to always put food in a certain place in the cabinets and make sure that our keys are on the hook, etc. But as humans, we have our moments where we fail in this due to something else taking its place or we just get rushed. Unfortunately, many of us are all too familiar with that moment of panic when we realize the keys are not where they belong and so we must play everyone’s favorite game: Hide and Seek. Now take a moment and think about the manufacturers out there who are doing this on a massive scale in their warehouses.
What comes to mind when you hear the word "lean?" Being a few months into 2014, what you might think of is that New Year's resolution that you've already given up on. However, if you're in manufacturing, one area that is at the top of your "lean" list is not going to the gym, but rather inventory control. Being lean in business is the key to success and when it comes to inventory control, what better tool do you have to help you get there than your ERP system?
What makes IQMS different from other ERP and MES providers? The fact that we put everything you need into one single-source, extended manufacturing ERP solution! With a core ERP software system, but also comprehensive extended functionality (such as CRM, MES, quality, preventative maintenance, eCommerce and warehouse management) all from one set of programmers, you gain everything you need to run every aspect of your business from a central provider.
There are two leading buzz words in the current ERP software market today: “Single-source” and “extended.” It seems like every ERP vendor is claiming that their software offering is either extended, or a single-source solution for all your enterprise needs, but very few of them can claim the two terms together.
Any large, company-wide project can be daunting and a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementation is no exception. But if you take a larger project and break it down into smaller elements, it becomes more manageable. IQMS' experienced team of Application Specialists have helped hundreds of customers triumph in their ERP implementation process. Below is a road map of sorts to the phases and associated process elements that we have found are involved with a typical ERP implementation.
What did we do before barcodes? Many of you may not remember a time when the use of barcodes wasn't prevalent. To purchase $50 in groceries, which used to be a lot of food, you would have to wait for the checker to enter every item manually into the register, literally taking 15 minutes. Now you don't even have to deal with a checker, just self-check yourself at the grocery store. Not only do you save time, the use of barcodes improves efficiency and above all, accuracy. Yet for some reason, barcodes and their uses remain mysterious to many people.
We recently acquired a new device in the Quality Assurance Department. It's a scanner with the ability to utilize both terminal (IQRF) based and WMS PDA (WMSIQ) based scanning. Prior to the new scanner, we had to test on separate scanners for IQRF and WMSIQ. Our old devices were adequate, but as the IQMS manufacturing ERP software grows, we need to keep up with technology to test the new features. I like the idea of the all-in-one scanner. I don't know that many of our customers would use this exact device, but it's convenient to be able to test an option in IQRF or WMSIQ on the same device, plus now we only need to keep track of one scanner instead of two.
Recently, we’ve seen new barcode standards emerging. Almost everyone is familiar with UPC barcodes (found, for example, on the containers of grocery items), that have reduced the amount of manual data entry and increased the amount of data that can be accurately transferred between systems. We’re all familiar with how quickly a person can tally up an entire cart of food; it sometimes reminds me of a slot machine in Las Vegas.