V6.1 - Traceability Problems

Todd,

Based on past experiences I've found that creating a new job for each
change of raw material lot is good practice for maintaining lot
control. Your scheduler can look at what quantities of material are
available and make separate jobs for each lot (before the production
run). I would recommend that the scheduler print the picklist and
then highlight the material to be used. This can then be given to
the material handler for the material issue.

The other way would be to do a job split before the material is
issued. The only concern I see with this is that the process would
have to be monitored constantly. The split needs to happen before
materials are reported. This will take some serious discipline. I
think this was suggested already.

I prefer taking care of the job entry on the front-end as to avoid
any confusion.

Jennifer


--- In vantage@yahoogroups.com, "Todd Hofert" <todd@...> wrote:
>
> We are having a problem with some product recalls and the
traceability
> of our raw materials in the bad products. I am looking for a decent
way
> to maintain an audit trail for custom products in Vantage.
>
>
>
> We manufacture pressure sensitive films. Think of it in simple
terms as
> bumper sticker material. We take a vinyl film, run it through a
machine
> and apply adhesive to the back of that film and then place a peel
off
> liner on it and roll it up on a 60" wide x 6500LF roll which goes
in our
> inventory. Our customers buy that material in standard or in custom
> sizes in either roll or sheet form. All standard sizes are parts in
> Vantage. Custom sizes are not. Where we get into trouble is we have
no
> good way to track what specific roll of semi finished material (the
> 6500' roll) produced what specific skid/box/roll of material.
>
>
>
> We lot track our raw materials and semi finished materials where a
lot
> number refers to a specific roll. So data collection does show us
the
> audit trail however in a recent job we made 16 skids of large
sheets.
> Each skid required less than a full 6500' roll to produce. We used
about
> twenty three rolls on the job. 3 skids of material were defective.
We
> need to determine, first exactly what materials were used on those
three
> skids, both RAW and semi finished, and second, we need to be able to
> tell the customer if any of the other skids are bad and which ones.
Our
> current system only allows us to make assumptions. These
assumptions are
> based on the order which the 6500' rolls are issued to the job and
how
> many feet of material go on a skid etc. Not efficient and maybe not
> accurate either.
>
>
>
> Obviously this current example we will have to use the assumption
> method. I am looking for ideas for new procedures to solve this
problem
> in the future.
>
>
>
> Does anyone have similar issues and if so what are your solutions?
>
>
>
> Thanks
>
> Todd Hofert
>
> IT Director
>
> Spartan Graphics, Inc.
>
>
>
>
>
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We are having a problem with some product recalls and the traceability
of our raw materials in the bad products. I am looking for a decent way
to maintain an audit trail for custom products in Vantage.



We manufacture pressure sensitive films. Think of it in simple terms as
bumper sticker material. We take a vinyl film, run it through a machine
and apply adhesive to the back of that film and then place a peel off
liner on it and roll it up on a 60" wide x 6500LF roll which goes in our
inventory. Our customers buy that material in standard or in custom
sizes in either roll or sheet form. All standard sizes are parts in
Vantage. Custom sizes are not. Where we get into trouble is we have no
good way to track what specific roll of semi finished material (the
6500' roll) produced what specific skid/box/roll of material.



We lot track our raw materials and semi finished materials where a lot
number refers to a specific roll. So data collection does show us the
audit trail however in a recent job we made 16 skids of large sheets.
Each skid required less than a full 6500' roll to produce. We used about
twenty three rolls on the job. 3 skids of material were defective. We
need to determine, first exactly what materials were used on those three
skids, both RAW and semi finished, and second, we need to be able to
tell the customer if any of the other skids are bad and which ones. Our
current system only allows us to make assumptions. These assumptions are
based on the order which the 6500' rolls are issued to the job and how
many feet of material go on a skid etc. Not efficient and maybe not
accurate either.



Obviously this current example we will have to use the assumption
method. I am looking for ideas for new procedures to solve this problem
in the future.



Does anyone have similar issues and if so what are your solutions?



Thanks

Todd Hofert

IT Director

Spartan Graphics, Inc.





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My general reply to lot changes is to split the job on the lot change
before issuing the lotted materials. In your case if each lot was a roll
of materials, it would be 23 jobs and each lot would be separated by
some method. Separate skids,jJob marking of materials on the same skid,
something like that to identifiy which job produced the materials, thus
allowing you to trace back to the lot of raw materials.

By spltting the job, you can still run the jobs all together at teh same
time, but identify the materials separately and mark the finished
materials on a roll/job change.


Charles R. Smith, Jr.

Dir of Operations

2W Technologies LLC

www.2wtech.com <http://www.2wtech.com/>

PA: (814) 333-3117

CT: (860) 620-9553



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Of Todd Hofert
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2007 10:05 AM
To: vantage@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Vantage] V6.1 - Traceability Problems



We are having a problem with some product recalls and the traceability
of our raw materials in the bad products. I am looking for a decent way
to maintain an audit trail for custom products in Vantage.

We manufacture pressure sensitive films. Think of it in simple terms as
bumper sticker material. We take a vinyl film, run it through a machine
and apply adhesive to the back of that film and then place a peel off
liner on it and roll it up on a 60" wide x 6500LF roll which goes in our
inventory. Our customers buy that material in standard or in custom
sizes in either roll or sheet form. All standard sizes are parts in
Vantage. Custom sizes are not. Where we get into trouble is we have no
good way to track what specific roll of semi finished material (the
6500' roll) produced what specific skid/box/roll of material.

We lot track our raw materials and semi finished materials where a lot
number refers to a specific roll. So data collection does show us the
audit trail however in a recent job we made 16 skids of large sheets.
Each skid required less than a full 6500' roll to produce. We used about
twenty three rolls on the job. 3 skids of material were defective. We
need to determine, first exactly what materials were used on those three
skids, both RAW and semi finished, and second, we need to be able to
tell the customer if any of the other skids are bad and which ones. Our
current system only allows us to make assumptions. These assumptions are
based on the order which the 6500' rolls are issued to the job and how
many feet of material go on a skid etc. Not efficient and maybe not
accurate either.

Obviously this current example we will have to use the assumption
method. I am looking for ideas for new procedures to solve this problem
in the future.

Does anyone have similar issues and if so what are your solutions?

Thanks

Todd Hofert

IT Director

Spartan Graphics, Inc.

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