Release 2011r1 see’s some radical changes to both the name and inner workings of the Javelin software. First the name - from this point onwards the product will be known as Javelin, a name which we feel is more in tune with the depth and breadth of the ever expanding package. But this release goes a lot further than re-branding. After 20 plus years of running on the Btrieve (former name for Pervasive) database we have finally thrown in our lot with Microsoft and moved to their SQL database. This move and the reasons behind it have been well publicised amongst our user base, culminating in our recent user seminars where our Development manager highlighted the benefits and we demonstrated early advantages of the connectivity afforded by SQL. However it’s not all behind the scenes stuff, we have still managed to add some useful functionality. Full details can be obtained from your account manager Tom McClure but here are some of the highlights:
ISO Approved Part Control
This switchable option locks down critical Part, BOM and Routing information and prevents unauthorised changes. When changes are made a complete history of who, what and when is generated automatically.
Initially developed to assist our in-house testing prior to Javelin’s release this handy function has now become part of the standard system. Users can register queries and questions against specific programs in a central file accessed by the context sensitive Ctrl-J key combination. The site administrator or implementation team can monitor and add responses. These queries and responses can remain on the system for as long as required, building into a FAQ library for future users of the functions.
In a similar vein Ctrl-W will trigger the Javelin version of a Wiki – a central deposit for user knowledge. Filed against the specific program the WYSIWYG rich text memo can be utilised to provide site specific procedural information ‘online’.
Serial Number Generation
Adding sequential serial numbers no longer requires the user to type each number. All points of entry now have a ‘generate’ button which will automatically add serial numbers to the list. These numbers can be prefixed with the ROO ref or any other combination of characters desired and existing numbers are ‘skipped’ automatically, allowing the same range to be generated over a number of receipts.
Partial GRN Inspection
Waiting for Goods Inwards Inspection of a complete delivery is now a thing of the past. The re-designed screen allows the GRN qty to be split into rejects, good items and items still to be inspected thus facilitating immediate storing and use of the good items as soon as they have cleared inspection without having to wait for the balance. And for good measure we have added a quick link to supplier returns for the rejects in line with the streamlining of this process developed in 2010r2.