Shop-Floor Data Collection

By collecting and integrating information when events occur, using wireless scanning and bar code technology, you are eliminating a major pitfall that plagues many ERP system implementations, namely, if your planning system doesn't know what is currently happening in your business, the resulting plans will be suspect right out of the gate.

In a recent IW Research survey, 86% of senior executives and business technology managers think their companies would gain competitive advantages if they reduced the time it takes to collect, analyze and redistribute data.

Real time data collection is fundamental to the real-time business model - a business that uses data mining and modelling techniques to make split-second decisions on incoming data - a business that can provide senior executives with up-to-the-second reports on key operational and financial data - a business that captures information once, at the source, as it happens with 99.99% accurracy.

Real-time business requires synchronizing business processes with computers that manage and distribute data as events occur. The high level of integration required makes it difficult for organizations that employ a variety of hardware and software systems.

Optical fibre technology allows bits to travel at a velocity approaching the speed of light. Today's systems must be designed to harness that speed and exploit the time-compressing benefits. Benefits that include better customer service, better inventory management, better security and better responsiveness to changing business conditions. Businesses that are anxious to squeeze all the excess time from their supply-chain processes can expect massive productivity gains when real-time business systems are adopted.

PdMAIN Corp. provides a fully-integrated real-time business solution that encompasses the hardware fault-tolerant wireless infrastructure and the software transaction processing power ...and it's web-enabled!

Since bar codes and wireless scanning are completely integrated with PdMAIN, the transactional system can take advantage of those inputs to provide up-to-the-second queries. Data may also arrive into PdMAIN from Machine Interfaces (like the PdLIGHT application).

The PdMAIN transactional system monitors incoming data and will send alerts when that data is outside pre-determined specifications. For example, if a Work Centre is scheduled for a 1 hour set up, the supervisor can be notified via an alert if the set up duration reaches the 61st minute, thereby drawing attention to only those processes that are not behaving according to plan.

All processes can be defined as operations and steps in PdMAIN and the real-time data is continuously updating the progress of the processes. This allows scheduling and planning modules to be extremely accurate as they are continuously adjusted based on what is actually happening now - not what happened hours ago.

One of the most powerful features of PdMAIN is the ability to incorporate real-time data into the transactional processes and to filter the information so that only business areas requiring attention are emphasized.


Radio Frequency Mobile Wireless

Appropriate wireless hand-held technology provides real time data to remote and mobile users, enabling them to interact with their enterprise business systems anywhere in the world.

PdMAIN is a world leader in providing innovative shop floor Radio Frequency (RF) data capturing systems.

PdMAIN supports a variety of mobile computing options from Touch Screen scanners on the Shop Floor to hand-held CE devices in your customer's premises. Using Radio Frequency (RF) technology in your own premises or Wireless Network technology in the field, PdMAIN can provide remote access to your application from virtually anywhere.

On-line, real-time shop floor and warehouse transactions are essential to a successful manufacturing and distribution environment.


The PdMAIN Service module is used in the field by Service Technicians operating on Windows CE computers (like the one pictured above) to communicate with the Call Centre Dispatchers. Daily Run Sheets, Inventory Enquiries, Service Contract Sales, Parts Ordering and total mobility are some of the many features of this wireless network based application.


Mobile operators connected to the network using RF technology use in the warehouse and on the factory floor the PdMAIN Touch Screen modules.

PdMAIN's Service application is a collection of PdMAIN modules designed to execute on mobile computers that communicate with a PdMAIN host computer. Service Call information is transferred to the mobile computers from the host Dispatch modules using commercial dial-up and wireless networks and Call Completion information is sent back to the host. Inventory information is communicated for on-hand enquiries and ordering new parts.

The pricing of services is automatic and Invoices for all types of payments may be generated directly from the mobile computer's portable printer and given to the customer. Appliance and Contract sales can also be initiated using PdMAIN's Service.


Shop Floor & Materials Management

Real-time shop floor data collection systems capture transaction information at the point of origin and this data is immediately available to the enterprise. Information from this application includes Picking, Job Tracking, Work Order Issues, Production and Waste Recording, Work Order Receipts along with Human Resource management, productivity measurement, manufacturing definitions and plant maintenance data.

Features of the Shop Floor & Materials Management applications include:

  • Integration with data collection, Touch Screens, scanners and wireless networks
  • Integration with Work Order Management
    Unlimited Components, Routings, Operations and Work Centres can be established
  • Extensive use of bar code technology
  • Bill of Material to calculate cost roll ups and display Item "explosions" (up to 99 levels allowed)
  • Lot and Serial Number Control
  • Quality Control and Inspection
  • Cycle-Counting
  • Re-order point, Minimum/Maximum and Lot Size Control
  • Unlimited Bin Locations
  • Standard, Actual and Average costs
  • Tracks On Hand, Allocated, Committed, On Order, In Transit & In Process
  • Engineering Change Control
  • Rapid creation of Bills using copy "same as except" feature
  • Container volume maximization routines
  • Integrated image processing using cameras to verify product specifications
  • Flexible picking methods are supported including "pick to lights" and zone picking
  • Multiple Unit of Measure and conversion support
  • On-line integratiion with the General Ledger


Inventory Management

The PdMAIN application manages all aspects of inventory, item definitions and packaging. Inventory control and management is the heart of the PdMAIN software. Inventory excesses tie up cash; shortages interrupt customer demand and fulfillment. Accurate and timely inventory on-hand and replenishment information is critical to controlling inventory levels. PdMAIN's inventory management system affords complete visibility of where inventory has been used, is currently being used and where it is committed for future use. It provides the tools to minimize inventory while running an efficient, customer-service focused operation.

Raw Materials, Work in Process, Sub-assemblies, Components, Finished Goods, Customer Stock, Supplies, Machine Parts etc. are tracked and controlled within the Materials application using Radio Frequency scanning and Bar Code technology as appropriate. Multiple warehouses and multiple locations are supported.

The Material Modules are used to track all aspects of inventory management, including shipping, receiving, issuing and adjustments. The Bill of Material is used to calculate cost roll ups and display Item "explosions". There are over 100 PdMAIN modules that are affected by the inventory system directly.

Feature Highlights:

  • Work orders to deal with Raw Materials and the creation of new items
  • Multiple locations
  • Purchase orders to deal with incoming inventory
  • Sales orders to deal with outgoing inventory
  • Quality Modules to deal with quality assurance and rejects
  • Adjustment modules to monitor and record movement of inventory
  • Counting, cycle, physical and bin to verify inventory
  • Packing modules to deal with inventory associations and packing
  • MRP to calculate required inventory
  • Item Master to allow control of items specific to inventory.
  • Lot and Serial Number Control
  • Re-order point, Minimum/Maximum, Lot Size Control
  • Tracks On Hand, Allocated, Committed, On Order, In Transit & In Process
  • Engineering Change Control
  • Delivery route optimization system and container volume maximization
  • Incorporates dynamic or static bills of materials for the creation of the new items
  • Can associate costs inventory
  • Complete integration to general ledger.
  • Full cost rollup for all or selected items.
  • Weighted average costing option.
  • Consumes raw materials either automatically or by enforcing validation.



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