2.1.1 The Problem

Our customer is a state of the art building materials supplier with a requirement for a traceability and order processing system for the production of glass fibre reinforced concrete panels. They required full traceability through all stages of the production process, along with job creation (WIS Sheet), user account control and reporting, allowing them to gain an ISO9000 qualification and ensure that the business could cope with a constantly changing product and the growth forecasted.

2.1.2 The Solution

Maxim provided M3 UL10 mobile computers equipped with a barcode scanner, a rack mount server installed with Windows server and SQL server, Zebra ZT Thermal printers and Maxim’s Web based ASP Order Processing, Production Control System. The Web based system is installed locally on the rack mount server and is accessed by any web browser to enable the administrators and users to create projects, jobs, users, parts, search outstanding jobs and run traceability and KPI reports. When jobs are created on the Maxim web based ASP system, a unique barcode is automatically printed for each part to be produced, this is then affixed to the part at pre-production.  Utilising the M3 mobile computers, the barcode is scanned at each production stage, along with a unique barcode assigned to the operator, thus providing traceability throughout the production process. Operating with a “No Fault” forward logic, the part is unable to be processed through any production process if the preceded process has not been completed, or the part has previously been rejected. The mobile devices also have the ability to search parts, and view the history of a specific part once scanned with administrator privileges.