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Portable Intelligence Inc.

Barcoding Best Practices

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material management should be a part of a continuous
improvement program. by jeff lem

portable intelligence's rf
plus addresses the materials
management blind spot that
manufacturers face.

Are you using one of the many ERP
systems purpose built for manufacturing companies? These systems
used by tens of thousands of companies around the world have deservedly earned a stellar reputation for
planning, managing production and
tracking costs. They were, however,
not created to manage inventories.
One of the underlying principles
of a manufacturing ERP is the premise that you order materials by the
job. You buy just enough materials to
make the product and you ship all production to the customer, thus leaving
very little inventory to track.

However, over time due to growth,
a manufacturer goes from being
made-to-order to a made-to-stock
producer. Bigger and more frequent
orders, creates the requirement to
hold inventories due to supplier lead
times and customers start giving you
delivery schedules around shipments.
Suddenly you have inventory and lots
of it, but your ERP can't adapt to this
new reality.
While having lots of inventory isn't
a bad thing, it becomes a problem if
you can't track it. Typical symptoms:
production delays and bottlenecks,
short shipments to customers, in-

creasing inventory write-offs, and
customer penalties related to delays
and/or label non-compliance.
To compensate for this lack of visibility and control, the answer is to
add more people and paper-based
processes. And because this system
is not scalable it'll work up to a point
- typically about 25 percent more volume. After that, you're back to square
one with more people, more inventory and more inventory management
problems than ever before.
This is why we created RF Plus™,
which addresses the materials management blind spot that manufacturers inevitably face as they grow. While
RF Plus has dozens of features that
represent best material management
practices, here are our top seven:
	 1.		Data	Capture	- Barcodes remain
the fastest and most accurate
form of data entry at the lowest
cost. Most popular barcodes are
1D symbologies like code 39 or
UPC and typically are used for
part numbers and lot codes. Beyond ID barcodes, there is the
2D version, which can encode
as much as one page of information. One manufacturer puts 2D
barcodes on their finished product which contains the complete
bill of materials and work order
number. Data capture is not limited to scanning. With our latest
version of RF Plus, you can take

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