Lean Materials

Lean Materials software packages provide tools for material verification, complete traceability, kit allocation and lean 'Just in time' materials management.

Material Verification

Material Verification eliminates mistakes made loading materials on machines. Significant re-work cost can then be eliminated, as well as productivity loss caused by incorrect material management, effects on delivery and reputation. The package can be configured with several methods of achieving the level of verification required to match the business need.

Material Allocation

Extended changeovers and/or cut-short production runs can be eliminated through the use of precise control of material preparation for production jobs. MRP/ERP systems have little visibility of materials on the shop floor. Material Allocation ensures that all the material required for the complete job is located and picked in advance before starting.

JIT Materials

Transition from material allocation (Push) to just-in-time operation (Pull) makes a huge reduction of WIP reducing interest payment on excess materials. Materials are managed such that they are delivered to the shop floor only when and where they are needed. The system ensures that every piece of material is accounted for which improves material accuracy to near perfect levels, reducing the need for high inventories.

Green Compliance

RoHS, Lead-free, WEEE are all placing additional pressures on manufacturers. JEDEC compliant control of moisture sensitive devices is also a factor. Used in conjunction with Complete Traceability these features can track and record the compliance to these legislative and physical constraints. The certification of operation and correct usage of parts are controlled including support for a mixed RoHS / non-RoHS environment.

Traceability Suite

The important aspect of the Traceability Suite is that it gives you want you need. The compliance with legislation, legal liability issues, breadth of coverage, depth of coverage, detail of information, access to information, security and reliability. Add to this wish list the overriding factor that this should not add any net burden or cost to the manufacturing operation. This is exactly what the simple, flexible and fully configurable Traceability Suite provides.


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