Key Features of the Inventory Module
FAQ for RF Plus™ & VISUAL ERP
RF Plus differs from AMTS in three major ways. First it is a truly real-time system that transacts and validates directly with VISUAL ERP. Secondly it is adaptive and can easily incorporate your processes and business logic. And finally, the handheld screens provide a much higher level of information to the user. Adding greater utility for the end user translates into a more rapid acceptance of our system. This ensures the anticipated productivity gains are seen early and are maintained.
Typically payback for RF Plus is within a year. Inventory inaccuracy costs warehouses in terms of: – Increased travel time – overbuying of stock – product obsolescence – lower fill rate – carrying costs. We use the rule of 5 to gauge the cost having inaccurate inventory. For example if your last inventory count was out $1M, then it is costing you annually $200K.
Approved for RF Plus Web version
Honeywell CK75, Panasonic FZ-N1, Sonim XP7700, Unitech PA730 and Zebra TC70x, Zebra TC51, Zebra TC70, Zebra CT50, Zebra MC3300, Zebra TC8800
Approved for RF Plus Telnet
Unitech PA730, Zebra MC9200, Honeywell CK75 and Honeywell CK3x
VISUAL ERP v7 or higher
Application Server = Intel Quad Core Processor, 1.8 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 500 GB HD
Windows 2008 R2, 2012 or 2018 Server
SQL Server 2008R2, 2012R2 or 2016sp2
IIS 7.0 or higher
IE 11.0, latest version of Chrome
Wireless Network 802.11b/g/n
Hardware: Please refer the first question answer
Barcode Printer(s) with Ethernet port
Nice Label or Bartender Software
Typical is three months from start to finish. However we recently finished one project in less than 2 weeks and that was a limited installation involving just the inventory count module. Avoid installing around holiday seasons, vacation periods, and hunting/fishing seasons
Your team should consist of a cross section of staff taken from: IT network, Production, Material Management, Warehousing, and Shipping. Also assign a project manager whose function will be to coordinate these resources and liase with us. From a time standpoint each client’s requirements will be different. Ultimately the project is a collaborative effort so be prepared to test the application thoroughly and provide the users with lots of training.
With over 100 installations of RF Plus for VISUAL ERP, our product is now at a point where the majority of VISUAL users can use it ‘out of the box’. Typically customers order a few enhancements which is discovered during the sales process or the engineering review that takes place at the start of your project. In this manner we reduce the time to go live, costs, and risk associated with your project.
One year from date of go live.
Maintenance: Entitles you to support. We maintain a record of your configuration and customizations with a VPN connection for rapid response. Ensure compatibility with the latest version of VISUAL. Ensure compatibility as you upgrade your IT infrastructure
The 12 week process is as follows:
- Business Requirements Definition. Study of processes, gap analysis, and documentation 1 to 2 weeks
- Creation of use cases and scenarios 1 week
- Configuring the system and deliver customizations* 2-6 weeks
- Testing of prototype at Pi offices with your data 3 weeks
- Installation of prototype at client offices, use case testing and tuning 2 weeks
- Training of end users 1 week
- Go-live with Pi on-site
- *where customizations are required they are scheduled for delivery based on the rollout schedule.
Here’s a quick checklist:
Label your warehouse slot/bin locations
Turn on locations in VISUAL
Install a wireless LAN
Make sure incoming product is labelled and scannable
Use part alias feature in VISUAL to match up supplier part# with your part #
Make sure all your units of measurement are consistent
Make sure your project manager is experienced with barcoding
We always recommend brand name products from these manufacturers: Honeywell and Zebra Technologies. They are widely supported, have local services centers across Canada and the U.S., and offer the best support programs.
There are a couple of options:
Big Bang: If you and your team is replacing an existing barcoding system then be aggressive and implement across the board as needed.
Phased:If you’re new to barcoding implement one major function at a time. Start with inventory counts which has low operational impact and can be done with a minimal of downtime to the business. Challenge around the phased approach is that it’s hard to finish off the project – sometimes feels a lot longer than it is. The key is having a strong project manager. Whichever way you go, remember to celebrate the go live with t-shirts, pizza lunches – anything to make it feel special.