Specialist Inventory Subsystem Module caters for a number of complex processing or transformation of raw material products, including cleaning, packaging and manufacture. Examples of specialist inventory subsystems included here are:
Factory Inventory Management (PROMAN)
The Factory Inventory Management functionality is GL / inventory oriented with more emphasis on handling small intakes/inventory parcels, creating and completing production orders and delivering from inventory. Segregation of inventory is possible through Terminal location. Each stock parcel is assigned its own id for traceability.
The basic functionality is:
Transfers of goods between terminals
Managing the stock in the terminal
Transformation of materials e.g. cleaning, packaging, manufacture
Delivery of goods to customer
Detailed reporting is available including inventory movements, moving average price, production orders
Specialist sub-system to process Ferrous type cargo / inventory from arrival at the warehouse through Sales and Delivery.
Brazil Domestic Operations
Hivedome has recently integrated ITAS to allow e-Accounting and/or e-Invoicing for clients in Latin America. When a company is flagged as Brazil Domestic operation, additional functionality is used to manage the Nota Fiscal Electronica (NF-e) On Shore Process. Key features include:
Reviewing NF-e and Freight NF-e received,
Link NF-e to Contracts,
Create NF-e from Contract, NF-e to Inventory/Shipment or Domestic Sale,
Symbolic Return NF-e,
All standard Factory management functionality (e.g. Import Deliveries, Deliveries In, Deliveries Out, Internal Transfers Out, Internal Transfers In, Stock Summary) integrate with the Nota Fiscials e.g. the warehouse report includes NF-e references and when imported using the Import Deliveries option, those references are recognised and flow back to the NF-e itself.
Standard invoicing routine recognises Brazil Domestic operation and presents a specific option to invoice freight (Conhecimento do Transporte Electronico (CT-e) which flows back to the linked contracts.
PROSCHED is a Production Scheduler that is driven by orders created in standard contract, maintenance/Expeditor functions. It is similar to the Factory Inventory management Subsystem but its more generic processes allow a variety of products to be managed. Intakes, processing, movement through to delivery can be managed in this application, suitable for both pile e.g. a silo and non pile inventory. Key features include:
Processing orders/execution (POs) can either be factory style i.e. washing, milling, sorting, breaking, roasting, bagging, mixing and packing or bulk processing i.e. raw material mixed in tanks or silos and then delivered in / out in bulk through specific holding areas.
Manufacture orders/execution (MOs) e.g. raw materials and packaging to semi/finished product using a B.O.M
Automated weighbridge software communications with the production scheduling software for transferring delivered weights.
Extensive document management features allow for use of predetermined text, recipe, processing instructions, packaging materials, scanning and referencing during the production scheduling process.
Cotton specific inventory management differs from standard warehousing as the records (representing the bale information) are generally created and updated by bespoke external processes due to the volume and sourcing of the data. Separate processes exist for handling International Cotton Trading and Inventory Management i.e. lots instead of individual bales (USA requirement). Key features of the Cotton Inventory include:
Cotton Bales records are linked to their purchase TRADE and sale allocation independently. This results in a different database design whereby there are no physical TRADE allocations but only logical joins.
Create bale by bale packing list to show the correct lot weights (new, gross, tare) by summing weights.
Close complete sales, purchases and related inventory records ready for archiving.
Specific tables are used for entering Prices, Premiums and Discounts which are used in the calculation of the Market Value for Inventory (Lot/Bales)
To find out more about how ITAS handles an extensive range of cotton processes, click here