Technical Requirements for the MATTimekeeping System
|Employees:|| All employees must be provided with a unique|
one-to-four digit employee number (1-9999).
|Tasks/shop floor operations:|| Each shop floor operation must be assigned a |
unique one-to-four digit number (1-9998) Task # 9999 is reserved for recording shipments. Each shop floor operation can have its own hourly labor rate for costing purposes.
|Outside vendors:||Each outside vendor must be assigned a unique vendor number (2-9999). Vendor # 1 is reserved for shipments to the customer placing the order. NOTE: Outside vendors are painters, platers, and related processors. They are not the same as customers. Most job shop manufacturers rely on under a dozen outside vendors.|
|Jobs:||Every job that goes through your shop as a separate line item on a purchase order, or which is to be tracked separately for costing or expediting, must be assigned a unique one-to-five digit job tracking number (1-99999). This number is used by shop-floor employees to enter shop floor information. (Only the last four digits are actually used on the shop floor.) No slashes, dashes or letters are allowed in this number, which must appear on the work order. (Jobs can also be tracked by purchase order number or an alphanumeric work order number.) If you use the accounting package link, the accounting software must be capable of generating the job tracking number, although this is not essential.|
|Customers||Each customer must be assigned a unique one-to four character abbreviation. Any combination of letters and numbers can be used. It is extremely helpful if your accounting system uses the same customer abbreviation scheme (assuming you are importing data from your accounting program).|
|Bar Coding:||The MATTimekeeping System for Windows can produce bar codes for employees, tasks, outside vendors, and jobs on a laser printer. We use Code 39 (also known as 3 of 9). These codes can be read by any keyboard-connected bar code reader. Cost is typically under $300 per reader.|
|Shop-floor data collection:||The MATTimekeeping System typically uses network work stations for entering shop floor data. These work stations must be installed and maintained by the customer. MATTimekeeping supplies Windows-based software for shop floor data entry. We do not supply hardware except for bar-code readers and Computerwise shop floor data collection terminals, with optional bar code input, which can also be used as part of the network when the customer prefers not to place network work stations on the shop floor. Contact us by phone for additional details.|