Paradynamics Inc. - Products - trackstar

By: Paradynamics  09-12-2011

TrackStar keeps precise track of all inventory movement and quality data essential to a company's competitiveness.

Stock rotation rules provide FIFO lot control based on any part of the lot, including the expiry or production date. Consignee-based lot rules can be set up to determine if there is sufficient shelf life remaining. The system also provides shelf life and expiry date reporting

A flexible lot definition lets you create lot codes that can be segmented into components. This allows the user to record several key pieces of data such as expiry and production dates, date code, color, size, etc. Manufacturer's Julian date codes can also be translated into readable dates, thereby speeding up the receiving process as well as minimizing keying errors. Lot components can be treated differently for reporting, billing, and stock rotation purposes.

Inventory holds are user definable. This allows the user to work only with the holds they actually require. Holds can overlap, as well as be automatically applied when receiving, without operator intervention, as is common in frozen meat distribution. Stock can be shipped directly from hold.

Serial numbered goods can be tracked both during shipping and receiving, or just at shipping, as desired. Flexible rules exist and will easily accommodate, for instance, the handling of paper rolls, steel coils, drums, etc. This same capability allows facilities to cross-dock merchandise easily by tracking the unique package ID, while at the same time recording the cube characteristics.

Pallets (or any type of conveyance such as trailer, carton, etc.) may be identified and tracked by their unique identification code. This allows goods to be re-warehoused easily and accurately.

Fixed and variable weights can be recorded at either the lot or the unit level. Catch weighted items have the weight recorded during receiving and shipment.

Multiple units of measure may be set up for the same item, e.g. each, inner pack, case, pallet, tote, etc. Receipts and orders may be entered in any unit of measure.

With TrackStar, you can

Efficiency and timeliness are the most important operational aspects of your warehouse. Accurate, current information — for you and your customer — is the key to running an efficient and profitable facility. Today, accurate information about the products you distribute is as important as the products themselves. TrackStar delivers real-time information and control through the use of a seamless interface to the latest radio-frequency portable terminals and bar code technologies.

The TrackStar RF module makes real-time data access possible. You get immediate access to information from across your enterprise. Your warehouse personnel will receive, put away, pick, count, and move inventory using a hand-held or truck-mounted RF unit. Because the RF unit communicates directly with the system server, TrackStar allows you to navigate the maze of warehouse operations as effectively as possible. Real-time order picking also ensures proper rotation of date-sensitive items.

Your system can be configured to scan the product labels that are supplied by the manufacturer and produce labels that will assist you in handling that product while it is in your care. When you relocate product within your warehouse, your system will be instantly updated. There is no lag time between the physical movement of the product and the update to the system, reducing errors.

The use of RF equipment reduces to a minimum the time required to perform inventory counts. Whether you are doing full physical inventory or cycle counting, data collection is a snap. Errors due to unclear handwriting and numeric transposition are eliminated. TrackStar will immediately verify the information provided and alert the operator of discrepancies. System-assisted and full blind counts can be performed along with a comprehensive updating method that adjusts the system to reflect the results of your inventory and keeps a complete audit trail

The success of any company, regardless of its industry, rests upon its ability to bill and collect for the goods and services it provides. Warehousing, distribution, and logistics are certainly not exempt from this law of business. The only way to bill your customers successfully is to collect data required to generate invoices continually and efficiently. Typically, a great deal of extra time and unnecessary effort is spent at the end of every month reviewing and recreating the information necessary for invoicing your customers. This process takes a tremendous amount of extra work and invites errors. This results in lost revenue and opens the door for customers to successfully challenge their bills.

TrackStar automatically records the services that your facility provides, as they happen, and stores all the information you require when billing your customers.

TrackStar has an extremely flexible and comprehensive billing module. Both one-time fees and automatically recurring charges can be applied. For example, a charge for producing a bill of lading can be set up one time and reused. TrackStar also allows for the configuration of charges to be applied by specific customer and/or product. Nonstandard billing cycles, "free storage" days, and minimum values can also be configured for use by the billing module.

TrackStar will maintain, track, and report all your billing and invoicing records. The information may also be exported or communicated to a third party G/L package for company-wide tracking, auditing, and reporting.

Management of any kind is next to impossible without assistance from supervisors and productivity reports. The key to reports, whether verbal, electronic, or on paper, is information. It is very difficult to track the progress of projects, employees, and product movement without accurate information and reporting functions.

Valuable management reports such as sales detail, sales analysis, inventory turns, handling profitability, and storage profitability are produced using the reports function. The information provided by these reports is critical to maintaining control over customer statistics and labor information.

When inventory is removed, it is critical that shipments be reflected as soon as possible. When shipments are made manually or in a batch process, information about your inventory can become out of date and inaccurate. This can also happen when inventory reserved for orders is not deducted until the orders are shipped. Without a full-featured warehouse management system, you will continue to struggle with the issue of keeping your inventory current and watching for orders placed against inventory you don't have.

TrackStar supplies the mechanism for collecting the required data at the appropriate times in order to manage the order process. Orders placed against inventory are considered reserved until you decide to allocate inventory to them. Once shipments are confirmed, inventory automatically updates.

User-definable billing set at the customer and product levels allow you to configure the way you want to charge for shipping. Charges for outbound orders can be automatically billed or attached to individual shipments. Order minimums, line item minimums, pallet charges, and unit billing are just a few of the billing options available at the time of shipment.

Many customers like to use warehouses that will accommodate a pallet exchange program. TrackStar can track pallets in and out so you don't have to worry about losing money from lost pallets. Historical reports reflect surplus and deficit pallet levels with dates and reference numbers.

Bar coding and labeling enable you to recognize, collect, verify, and distribute information about your products more efficiently.

This function is built into tasks like putaway, replenishment, and order picking to maximize worker productivity and minimize deadheading. As one task is completed, the system will direct the operator to perform a different task in the same area such as a let down, consolidation, pick, or cycle count. Task interleaving all but eliminates workers cruising the aisles with empty forks.

RF directed replenishment tasks are routed and dispatched by equipment characteristics and forward pick area demand. Special features of the replenishment function include:

Other products and services from Paradynamics


Paradynamics Inc. - Products - compliance

PrintStar provides barcode label printing facilities to generate and print any industry-standard bar code. Compliance labeling is now a requirement for doing business with most retailers and distributors. PrintStar produces labels for tracking, shipping, and consignee compliance.


Paradynamics Inc. - Services - services

Paradynamics provides full service software development and consulting to a variety of public and private organizations, including health care and third-party logistics organizations, ranging from local to multi-national enterprises. Each member of the Paradynamics team is a seasoned professional with experience, knowledge, understanding, and conceptual skills that are tested through years of practical application.


Paradynamics Inc. - Products - wireless

DataStar offers real-time information and control through the use of a seamless interface to the latest radio-frequency portable terminals and bar code technologies. DataStar can be configured simply as middleware to connect your Host system to data capture devices all the way to real-time stock location and inventory management. Productivity improvement with inventory counts, travel time, and clerical time.


Paradynamics Inc. - Services - csd

Paradynamics can assemble a software devlopment team for large and small projects. We have years of experience behind us, and a core team of committed developers.


Paradynamics Inc. - Products - edi

Information can be communicated for reports as varied as inbound receipts, outbound orders, inventory reports, activity reports, confirmations of receipts and shipments, invoices, functional acknowledgments, and more. There will be fewer and fewer manufacturers that will consider using the services of warehousing and distribution facilities that are not equipped with EDI or XML.