Inventory Management

P.D.System provides a powerful and highly-detailed Inventory Tracking System ideal for tracking containers, pieces and/or assemblies as they move through the manufacturing process on the shop floor. Other ERP software companies claim to have an inventory module, but they tend to be useful to the accounting department and no one else. The P.D.System Inventory Tracking system is designed to meet the detailed and rigorous needs of the Production and Quality Departments as well as the Accounting Department. P.D.System grew up in the manufacturing industry and has always been, first and foremost, a manufacturing execution system. Inventory Tracking is one of our primary focus areas and often noted as a major differentiator between us and our competitors.

- icon Real Time
- icon Online
- icon Tracks individual containers, pieces and/or assemblies
- icon Full traceability and part genealogy
- icon Simple, easy-to-use design for use by shop floor personnel
- icon Built-in Bar Code Labeling & Reading
- icon Built-in support for mobile/wireless handheld units
- icon Built-in integration with weigh scales, packaging machines, and other equipment

Inventory Modules

icon Inventory Tracking

This Inventory module provides the ability to track individual containers or individual parts on the shop floor. It is designed for manufacturing facilities, especially part manufacturers, tool shops and other situations where detailed, real-time tracking is required. Each container or part is bar coded with a unique serial number used for tracking and traceability. Each inventory record includes Serial No, Part Number, Location, Status and other pertinent data. Inventory records can be searched and summarized for as required to provide real-time inventory reports. The inventory module is the foundation for many other modules, including Production Tracking, Heat/Lot Traceability, Tool Life Tracking, and Scheduling.

icon Serialized Individuals Inventory

This module tracks individual serialized items, rather than containers. Especially powerful when a high degree of quality, inventory, and cost tracking is required on individual items.

icon Advanced Parts Traceability & Product Genealogy

The normal inventory system provides a high level of container level detail, information and change history. However, where full process traceability is critical, we recommend the Advanced Inventory Traceability Module. This module automatically tracks the complete genealogy of all inventory containers, providing both an upstream and downstream trace, even in complex assembly and manufacturing environments. This is ideal for tracking down and isolating all parts created from a defective lot OR tracking down exactly who/what/when/where a defective part was produced. This module is used extensively in the Automotive and Aerospace industries where traceability is critical.

icon Physical / Cycle Inventory

The Physical Inventory System is used to manage and conduct on-going, location-based cycle inventories using RF handheld terminals to scan bar coded inventory tags. Cycle Inventory Management is a well-known and accurate method for maintaining accurate inventory counts over time. This module is also used to conduct plant-wide physical inventories.

icon Subcontract Shipping/Receiving

This module is used to ship inventory out to processors, track its processing, then receive it back in to the building. Highly integrated with Inventory and Supplier Modules.

icon Customer/Consignment Inventory

This module gives you a powerful and flexible system for setting up Consignment Inventory and Automatic Replenishment. Its use can be extended online to your customer, and/or it can be used internally. Each Part/Ship To combination can be user-configured with various settings to achieve the desired behavior. The invoicing, inventory retirement, and replenishment (auto-creation of new releases) can be setup to automatically occur at time of shipment, customer usage, or never. The Replenishment Method can be set to "Straight Replenishment" OR "Min Level Replenishment".

icon Heat Traceability

Building on the inventory tracking system, Heat Traceability provides the ability to track, identify and instantly trace the Heat No of all inventories.

icon Lot Tracking

Building on the Inventory Tracking System, the Lot Tracking module provides the ability to identify and track an internal production Lot No for all inventories. See also Heat Traceability system.

icon Scrap Tracking

A comprehensive system for tracking and analyzing scrap within the company.

icon Rejection Tracking

The Rejection Tracking module provides a sophisticated and full-feature system for tracking and analyzing rejections, sorts, reworks, scrap, and all the complexities associated with these on the shop floor.

icon Container Types

This module provides a master list of inventory container types, including Container Type Code, Customer, Customer Part No, Tare Weight, Cost, Customer Owned, and EDI codes.

icon Returnable Container Tracking

This module is used to track returnable and other types of containers and packaging. This module will automatically maintain a running count of containers (by type) and send email at a designated Minimum point to warn you that you're running low. This module can also be configured to record all transactions (ins/outs) for a specific Container Type, which is ideal for tracking the receipt and shipment of Returnable Containers, containers that are purchased from or charged to the customer, and other types of containers and packaging.

icon Inventory Location List

This module provides a mechanism for establishing a master list of all physical locations on the shop floor, such as machines, specific storage locations, shelves, quality hold areas, and so on. The Location List also includes external locations where inventory may be stored; such has Subcontract Suppliers and Warehouses. The Inventory Location List is critical to the Inventory Tracking Module and the Cycle/Physical Inventory System.

Production Tracking

icon Production Tracking

The Production Tracking modules provides tracking of machine production, including detailed and summarized reports. Highly integrated with Inventory, Tool Tracking, and Scheduling.

icon Control Panel

A simple-to-use, yet powerful user interface for shop floor personnel to track and control machine status, labor hours, production, inventory, tooling, and much more.

icon Job Tracking System

This module is used to track Jobs and Work Orders within the manufacturing facility. It depends on the situation, but usually a Job represents an instruction to the shop floor to produce a certain Quantity of a certain Part Number by a certain Due Date. The Job Tracking system is the foundation for production scheduling, and can be used for simple scheduling on its own. Highly integrated with Inventory, Customer Orders, and several other modules. Nomenclature and specific requirements vary across facilities, and can be fully accommodated: Jobs, Work Orders, Shop Orders, Shop Travelers, Releases, etc.

Reporting / Other

icon Key Measurable

A flexible system for setting up, tracking and communicating company performance against a set of management-defined Key Measurable. Ideal for strategic management.

icon Report System

A powerful and flexible master reporting system, which provides Main Company Reports, user-definable Report Favorites, and a centralized menu of all reports.

icon Ad Hoc Query

Tool to allow users to create custom queries on database views.

icon Issue Management

A simple-to-use system for recording and maintaining focus on issues within the company.

icon Business Charts & Graphs

P.D.System ERP provides a variety of charts and graphs throughout the various modules of the system.


icon Weigh Scale - Integration

Many companies use weigh scales to measure the quantity of parts in each container. This Online module retrieves electronic data from the scale in order to eliminate the need for data entry.

icon Integration with existing systems

can be integrated with other systems that are either new or legacy. We have successfully implemented a variety of methods, including uploading/downloading ASCII files, automatic batch processing of FTP files, real time XML transactions, and more.

icon PLC/Machine Integration, Settings

The Machine Settings module is used when production machines are electronically connected to through the machine PLC. This module stores, organizes and controls all the settings that are downloaded to the machine at setup time.

Advanced Technologies

icon Bar Coding

includes fully-integrated bar code printing and reading capability in many areas, including Inventory, Gage Control, Time and Attendance, Locations, and User Login Cards.

icon Wireless Networking

Systems can setup new wireless networks and/or configure Online to function on your existing wireless networks. Wireless Networks allow users' mobile access to Online through handheld devices, pen tablets, wireless PCs, and other equipment. Also see the Pocket PC Module Group.

icon Touch-screen Functionality

All Online screens are functional with a touch-screen. Certain screens, such as the Control Panel, are designed specifically for this purpose.

icon RF ID

This module enables Online to utilize RF ID technology. RF ID technology is a form of Auto-Identification whereby a miniature tag is attached to each item. The items are tracked automatically using readers that are placed at key points throughout the plant. One of the key advantages of using RF ID Tags over bar codes is that the tags are read and detected automatically, updating the database instantly, without humans having to remember to scan the bar code. Die Tracking is a good example of using RF ID Tags. The system would confirm that the right Die is in the press before allowing production to be made. Other applications include Inventory Tracking, Customer Shipping, Receiving, Time and Attendance / Labor Tracking, Supply Crib Management, and so on.