Taking the pain out
of product tracing"> Hrasky said hes so enthusiastic about the product that hes sometimes accused of acting like a salesperson for CMS. Victory Manufacturings controller cited CMSs Serial Tracker and White Board Scheduler as particularly useful. Previously, the parts maker found meeting customers requirements for product traceability to be painful, since all data needed to be input manually.The parts maker used CMSs Serial Tracker to promptly provide "full serial traceability [with] all materials specified," according to Hrasky. CMSs White Board Scheduler, on the other hand, is an Excel spreadsheet-based tool for tracking and scheduling orders, production and shipping. DHL adds supply chain services. Click here to read more. Enterprises can also use CMSs software to quickly find out "who made what, and where its at," according to Angle. Industry Directions Fraser cited the capability for real-time data acquisition as a key differentiator for CMS. "How real time is the update? [Thats] a big benefit. You dont typically find [real-time data acquisition] in [ERP/supply chain products], or if you do, [its only] through integration with a third party," the analyst said. The user interfaces between the iSeries and Windows editions of CMSs software are already quite similar. "[But] within the next 12 months, [the two interfaces] will be almost exactly the same," said CMSs Angle. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news and analysis of enterprise supply chains.
But the manufacturer recently discovered the value of traceability when a customer, Ford Motor Co., was putting together information about the crash reliability of the Ford Explorers front train rail.