PDF iconJavelin, The Prescription For Elite’s Medical Traceability

Full, detailed traceability of medical components has become a realistic target for a leading provider of contract electronic manufacturing services, thanks to the Javelin production control system. Having recently migrated to a virtualized server, Elite is now looking to upgrade both its hardware infrastructure and Javelin.
 
Elite currently has 40 Javelin licenses, and is looking to extend that, definitely to 60 and possibly 100.
 

“While materials cost is relatively easy to manage, it’s more complex managing production costs...and this is where Javelin pays dividends by helping us to get it absolutely right.”

Jackie Beresford, Operations Manager

Operations Manager Jackie Beresford explains: “Javelin is at the very heart of our production and management processes. It would be extremely difficult to achieve what we do, without it. As it’s used right from point of sales through to the point of invoice, it’s absolutely integral to the company’s future development and success.”
 
Based in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, Elite supply printed circuit boards and cable assemblies, along with complete systems by integrating multiple components into a plastic or metal enclosure, to a variety of industry sectors including power, automotive, audio, security and photographic. 
 
They aim to have a Javelin terminal available to every shop floor worker, and to use Shop Floor Data Capture to ensure that work instructions automatically open on certain routings where the assembly process is particularly complex.
  
The complete component traceability that Javelin’s Works Orders functionality offers, is helping to put them ahead of their competitors in the medical sector. “We’ve recently achieved the medical standard ISO 13485, and we’re setting up a bar code system where Javelin can identify which individual printed circuit board or cable assembly a particular component was fitted to. By bar coding at the start of the process we will be able to follow a component through every stage, and see who has worked on it. 
 
“This will be especially important if there’s an issue with a component from one of our suppliers. At the moment we know which batch those components go into, but we can’t say specifically which individual board or cable a part is fitted to. Adopting early bar-coding through Javelin means we will be able to tell customers exactly which printed circuit board or cable assembly a particular part was fitted to.” 
 
Having used Javelin’s predecessor, Jobshop, for ten years, Jackie Beresford says it gives them complete managerial control over their automated, semi-automated and manual assembly processes. 
 
“We start with Sales Order Processing where our staff either log an order on to the system when we receive it, or through Electronic Data Interchange. With EDI Javelin automatically creates the field orders and updates the system with the customer’s order number, product details, quantity and delivery date.”
 
While MRP is currently run once a week, the plan is to make it twice weekly. “Many customers have halved their lead times from around 12 weeks to six weeks, so we need to check more often that an order is progressing on schedule. Javelin’s MRP balances demand with suitable supply, and makes suggestions, leaving the operator in full control to approve en-masse or individually.”
 
Elite raize Purchase Orders in two ways – automatically via MRP, with spot orders being done manually. They are easily managed through functionality such as the ability to set and monitor progress dates to ensure materials are received on time, and analysis of vendor quality, delivery and price performance.  
  
All reporting is now done through Crystal Reports, including information from Shop Floor Data Capture, which is used to calculate shop floor performance rates.  With five SFDC touch screen terminals on the factory floor, it is used to ensure that four key complex routings trigger work instructions being opened, and as a management tool. “Production staff are paid a bonus for achieving targets, and Javelin shows us that instantly.
 
Materials Control is a key element for Elite, and Javelin created a bespoke function for them which has now become a standard part of the software. “It revolutionised how our stores work, by creating a second store” says Jackie Beresford. “Previously, it was bulk issuing up to 5,000 parts from our main stores, but some of the kits might only require 100 pieces, so the remainder had to be stripped off the machine afterwards and put back. Now, when parts arrive at the factory we reapply a number of them in to the second store, and Materials Control provides the assembly works with parts from there. It then runs a shortage sheet so we know to bulk issue any additional parts from the original store and we know what stocks the second one has when we’re ordering.”
 
When it comes to Costing, Javelin accommodates estimated, planned and actual costs to allow comprehensive analysis throughout. “While materials cost is relatively easy to manage, it’s more complex managing production costs...and this is where Javelin pays dividends by helping us to get it absolutely right.”
 
Jackie Beresford is confident Javelin will keep pace with all their requirements and plans. “We’re intending to migrate it further across the production floor, including despatch, so the delivery notes can be printed there, where the operators can see the stock.
 
“As we grow and increase our turnover, Javelin will grow with us and will continue to give us full control over the business.”
 

About the Company

Company: Elite Electronic Systems Ltd

Web: www.elitees.com

 

Benefits Achieved

  • Complete managerial control over their automated, semi-automated and manual assembly processes
  • Revolutionised how the stores work
  • Helps gets production costs correct
 

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“While materials cost is relatively easy to manage, it’s more complex managing production costs...and this is where Javelin pays dividends by helping us to get it absolutely right.”

Jackie Beresford, Operations Manager

 

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