Original Date: 10/14/1988
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Tooling On-Line Processing System
The Tooling On-Line Processing System (TOPS) is an on-line tool accountability system that has been in use at all the Fort Worth facilities and the Amarillo and Canadian plants since 1985. The system took over two years to design and implement. It can be accessed from any terminal in the plant.
TOPS tracks tools from the planning stages through the production or purchase of the tool, maintaining a traveler history with cost data for each tool. The system tracks tools during the fabrication, repair, and rework of tools. It maintains a history of tool usage. Tools in storage or in use by vendors are tracked. TOPS also provides on line tool orders for production with real-time response on tool allocation and issue. Tooling documents including travelers, pick tickets and shipment authorizations, are printed on-line.
TOPS maintains accurate tool costs by interfacing with existing systems to accumulate hours and dollars charged for tooling. It provides accurate and timely data on the tools required to build a part. The system fully meets government inventory and reporting requirements and has been approved by the U.S. Army. Since the system has been operating, average response time from demand at the crib to delivery of the required tool at the shop has been reduced from three days to one hour.
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