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Distributor's Link Magazine Spring 2018 / Vol 41 No2


30 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK COMPUTER INSIGHTS, INC 108 Third Street, Bloomingdale, IL 60108 TEL 1-800-539-1233 EMAIL WEB HOW MANY W’S DOES YOUR SYSTEM ANSWER? Things Move Fast In the fastener business there are lots of moving parts (literally and figuratively). Keeping track of the physical parts is a hugely important job for a fastener Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. Keeping track of who did what, when, how and why are an equally important capability, but these answers are often not addressed in the company’s ERP system. Fasteners don’t just come in and go out, they often change characteristics while they are owned by the fastener distributor. Sometimes those changes happen in-house and other times the fasteners are changed by outside vendors. Some examples of changes that occur are: ¤ Plating ¤ Painting ¤ Passivating ¤ Through Hardening ¤ Sorting ¤ Kitting ¤ Packaging ¤ Assembly WHO For obvious reasons, knowing who handled the fasteners can become an important aspect of maintaining quality control and understanding where systems might be breaking down. The system should have detailed information about who worked on the parts. WHAT In addition to showing who did something, the system should track what they did. e.g. If something was sent out for processing, the processor’s name should be available for expediting. The Business Edge TM In The Business Edge ȚM since we have specialized in the fastener industry, we have made a considerable effort to make the answers to all the W’s immediately available at the click of a mouse or the touch of a button. BUSINESS FOCUS ARTICLE CONTINUED ON PAGE 114


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