Original Date: 07/08/2003
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Best Practice : Automated Quotation and Inventory Scheduling System
The In Tolerance-developed Automated Quotation and Inventory Scheduling System offers an impressive list of manufacturing management tools not normally found in a small business, and could serve as a model for other organizations looking for similar capabilities in the requirements definition phase.
Approximately two years after the company was purchased in 1986, In Tolerance developed a manufacturing control system the Automated Quotation and Inventory Scheduling System (AQUISS). It was built in an MS-DOS environment, with the intention of providing common shop floor control features. Over the years, AQUISS has grown into a system that provides a myriad of tools and reports used by every function within the organization. Multiple networked PCs provide access to the databases throughout the facility. The many features provided include: Time and attendance
First article inspection documentation
Order tracking and status reporting
Fast turnaround cost estimating
Limited capacity planning
Inventory/work in process analysis
Labor reporting by job
Output to payroll
Output for Web-based order tracking
AQUISS offers an impressive number of features and management tools and has been tailored to meet In Tolerance’s needs. The various AQUISS screens and reports provide the necessary information and quick access to data, contributing factors in providing superior customer service.
In Tolerance recognizes that AQUISS has inherent limitations because it is DOS-based. The need to interface with a Windows-based world has prompted an evaluation of potential AQUISS modifications and alternative software. But regardless of the end solution, AQUISS has already defined many of the future system requirements and collected a wealth of product and performance data that can be carried forward.
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