Javelin Product History

Listed below are the previous releases of Javelin, to view what features where introduced in each of the releases click the buttons below.

Javelin Version 2017 R1

2017 R1 Release

The much-awaited new release sees major development of some existing functionality plus the introduction of a major new feature; Project Management.

Keep Calm and Manage

 We are all used to directing shop floor staff via Javelin output such as Work To Lists, Routing Sheets, Delivery Schedules, etc. but a number of new developments focus on managing or tasking users outside the direct manufacturing sphere.


Projects

In response to a number of client’s requests for ways of managing non manufacturing functions (such as design or programming) we have taken the opportunity to work with a Javelin client who have requirements to run major project management programs in advance of, and during the life cycle of, extensive contract.

The new Projects module allows the definition of structured tasks within a specific project plan with standalone target dates or with inter dependency on other tasks.  Planned times can be assigned to specific persons and the progress monitored both in time and cost expended against the original estimates.  The plans are interactive in as much new estimated time to completion for each can be input whilst time booking which, once approved by the Project Manager, will be adopted into the plan along with potential changes in target dates.

The whole suite has been developed to make use of the power of SQL, providing real time updates of progress and predicted completion dates and costs at any level of the project hierarchy.

Projects can be associated with Works Orders, Sales Orders or Estimates wherein the costs of working on the various tasks will be added to the overall costs of that data element. (Contract costing required for direct cost booking to Sales Orders).


User Tasking

Action Notes have been available for several versions now, but this function tends to be underutilised by sites due to its limitations in contact points with Javelin data.  This release sees a rework of the underlying data structure to allow it to link in to far more trigger points.  

Notes or Actions can now be assigned against Parts, Suppliers, Customer, Sales Order / Line, Purchase Order / Line, Quote / Line, Defect Note, Project Plan Task and Works Order, tasking users to perform actions to resolve underlying issues and evolving a complete trail of associated activity as a series of simple, editable notes.

In addition, a new Task Dashboard, triggered by a Ctrl-F8 hotkey or optionally when users login to the system, will display outstanding tasks against the specific user not only within Action Notes but also CRM and Projects where applied.  Users can review and interact with these tasks directly without having to move to other areas of the system.


Shop Floor Data Capture Feedback

Get immediate alerts when things are going wrong.  Currently only a periodic run of the WIP Booking Validation report will highlight when operators have made erroneous bookings.  Now, as well as these being logged and the WIP processing being aborted Javelin can email select employees, such as the operator’s supervisor, immediately a mistake has been made.

Realistically Reject and Scrap always occurs somewhere but certain operations may never generate rejects, rework being done in real time, or perhaps you don’t want to allow the booking of scrap or holding a works order at a certain work center by putting the decision in the hands of an inspector or other responsible person at a later stage.  Now SFDC terminals can have unique customization to decide which terminals facilitate these functions, making it easier for the operators to concentrate on their specific duties.

Finally, operators can now make comments as they complete bookings – this may be just for information or indicate why they are not on target or invoke actions at a later date.  The text is stored against each booking and can be examined via works order maintenance.


Advanced Scheduling Inquiries

A new suite of inquiries and reports have been added to make the most of the new features of Advanced Scheduling.  These now expose scheduled times as well as dates and allow far more drill down to source information and clearer analysis of important results within each screen.


Improved Outwork Control

Make repeat shipments of a single works order without having to manually generate additional P&R note records via the new Outwork Shipping screen.

Group outwork orders by process type to make the most of minimum charges or batch quantity price breaks for specific subcontractors.

Process orders in different units to the works order with automatic conversion including pre and post processing tolerances.  (Typically weight v unit quantity).


Streamlined Quotations

The new layout of Quotation Maintenance should be familiar to users of Sales Order.  The screens have been redesigned in a familiar Header / Items format with all the fields required for a single price break quote now contained within the main Items screen.  You only need to visit the Price Break button if you want to quote multiple price breaks.  

Quote and Quote Item discount have also been incorporated and these fields will pre-populate their equivalents on the sales order when confirmed.


Whilst these developments form the core of this release there are always other minor changes and improvements in every release.  For full details of how moving to Javelin 2017r1 can help you contact your account manager.

Javelin Version 2016 R2

2016 R2 Release

A short but sharp interim release in advance of our regular April update, 2016r2 sees the introduction of two new features the development of which was partly funded by a client.  If you would like to see specific advances or functions guaranteed in future releases then please discuss the options for funded development with your Consultant or Account Manager Andy Mills.

Be Strong when others are Weak

 Since its inception, Javelin MRP has always been able to link supply to demand of specific sales orders, (and more recently specific sales lines), on a part by part basis.  But what if you want to allocate some supply of a part to one sales order and leave the rest for ‘automatic’ allocation on a first come first served basis?  Up until now that’s not been very practical to achieve, since strong contract parts are always strong contract and must therefore always have contracts associated with any supply.  ‘Weak‘ contract parts have always been treated as ‘None’ contract by MRP, so supply can be mapped to any sales order demand.  You could manually apply specific sales orders to stock, purchase and works orders, but these would be ignored by MRP.

But now the effective contract designation of ‘Weak’ contract parts can be determined by parameters on individual sales orders / lines.  This application applies right down the BOM structure, as far as weak parents linked to weak child levels exist.  Thus it’s now possible to hive off part of the stock for your favourite contract and protect the integrity of supply without tying up surplus to ‘dummy’ contracts.

Mass Stock Transfer

Ever wished there was a way to consolidate all stock of a part into a specific location or move multiple ROOs to a specific contract in a single operation.  Well now you can with this new function.  Simply enter or scan a ROO reference (or Part number for none traceable parts) and all stock for that specific part will be displayed.  You can optionally filter by Store reference and / or Contract.  Now ‘Pick’ multiple records, (your specific reference is selected automatically), manipulating the list until it contains the items you wish to transfer.  Confirm the new location and contract designation and all selected stock details will be re-assigned.  There is even customization to prevent users from changing contracts within this screen if desired.

Whilst these developments form the core of this release there are always other minor changes and improvements in every release.  For full details of how moving to Javelin 2016r2 can help you contact Andy Mills

 

Javelin Version 2016 R1

2016 R1 Release

See the bigger picture with Javelin 2016r1 Advanced Planning Board

This new interactive tool visualizes the results of the Advanced Scheduling Engine provided in the previous Javelin release (JAS), augmenting the ability to plan manufacturing to the second.  But it is much more than just an inquiry screen …

Manual Manipulation

Manual override of operation sequence and positioning is afforded via ‘drag and drop’ of individual ops or reprioritization of complete works orders by removal and automated reloading at specific locations.

Fencing

Re-sequenced operations can be ‘fixed’ within a work center, or all work centers and other operations re-scheduled after this prioritised load.  Fenced ops will always remain a priority in subsequence runs until removed or completed.

Resource Limitations

Where modeled, the resource limitations imposed by both Cells (typically employees) and / or Tools can be displayed on secondary planning boards to detail the loading in the main board.

Close up or Overview

Additional boards can be opened simultaneously and will interactively update to allow the impact of manipulation in a narrow time window to be viewed across a more expansive time frame or provide a quick overview of potential ‘trouble’ areas to explore more closely.

Radan Interface

Program nesting has been extended to allow direct interface of the nested operations into Javelin’s sister product’s powerful punching and profiling CADCAM package.  Utilizing the integrated sheet optimiser the best material utilization is assessed and if confirmed the part programs are coded ready for downloading into the appropriate machine tool.   Program details are passed back to Javelin to allow SFDC booking against individual runs.  Javelin can also display the details of the nests and other valuable information generated by Radan.

MRP Suggestion Approval Rationalization

These screens have been reworked to provide better filtering and information and allow direct confirmation from within the screens.

Suppliers Price Books

Amendment date is automatically updated by any change to qty or price within the record.

 

Javelin Version 2015 R2

2015 R1 Release

Elephants never forget – and neither will you with 2015 R1 CRM

For some time Javelin has contained basic functionality to allow contacts with customers and prospects to be recorded.  It has always been the intention to develop this into a full blown Customer Relationship Management system (CRM) and 2015r1 see the first release of this optional module.

Prospect Database

Prospects allow existing and potential customers to be recorded along with any other contact that may be involved in long running projects (Engineers, Architects, etc.)

Opportunities

Any opportunity to ultimately make a sale can be recorded.  This record can be as extensive as required, with an infinite number of user defined fields added automatically or selectively to suit specific projects.

Activities

Details of contacts (i.e. phone calls, conversations and emails) can be registered against prospects, customers, opportunities, quotes and sales orders, all optionally linked to any of the other entities for total cross source analysis.

Tasks

Actions can be placed against individual users to follow up previous activity or perform future tasks. Email alerts can be sent to users and incomplete tasks are placed on the individual’s ‘To Do’ list, which can be displayed on demand or when they first log in.

Automated Actions

Key business functions (e.g. confirming opportunities, printing quotes, revizing sales orders, etc.) can automatically trigger Activities and Follow Up tasks (e.g. progress the quote).

Definable Business Flow

Intermediate status changes of key entities can also be set to trigger activities. Customisable links between different activities / tasks can be established with definable timescales between each.

Campaigns

Sales campaigns, such as E-shots, exhibitions, etc. can be recorded and activities linked. Activities and Tasks, coupled with status codes, allow the organization of such Campaigns to be monitored and progressed. Initial contacts can be imported en-mass from functions such as external mail shots and subsequent successes (opportunities, quotes or sales orders) registered to allow analysis of effectiveness.

Reports and Inquiries

Javelin CRM has been designed with flexible configuration of analysis codes and data to enable individual sites to get to the data that’s important to them.  This data is organised in a logical manner within the SQL database allowing full access via Crystal or any other report generator. However there are a number of master enquires and reports (To Do lists, Project Timeline, Predicted Work Value, etc.) included as part of the functionality to allow most simple interrogation (and some complex) to be performed directly.

But that’s not all ….

As you can appreciate the major effort in producing the full CRM suite has taken much of our development resource. In addition our back office boys are hard at work bringing some innovative advances to the scheduling and capacity planning areas which are not yet ready for exposure. Even so 2015r1 does have a couple of new offerings in addition to CRM:

Scheduling

More news about these developments later but in preparation the planning board has already had the .NET treatment.  Apart from improvements in the speed of loading and drag drop reactivity there would seem little difference other than a useful detail drill down area, but the changes behind the scenes pave the way for real time buckets rather than individual days and better validation of manual manipulation.

Sized Part Nest Issue

Sized parts (area and length based dimensional stock elements) are becoming a favourite option for many sites, as is operation nesting (grouping several ops form different works orders for easy handling in SFDC).  But the two technologies created some problematic topics when attempting to amortize material issues over nest.  This has been resolved in 2015r1 by building in some logical assumptions and automating a whole series of issues and returns of offcuts.  The result is a simple ‘pick and poke’ material issue function that logically amortizes the identified material over the nest and returns the desired offcuts to stock in a single action.  It even offers the ability to ‘second guess’ the offcut when using coiled material.

Multi Sales Confirmation

With more sites making use of the Quotation and Estimating functions in Javelin and the advent of Configured Parts potentially generating quotations with many line items this development was a logical progression of the existing ability to confirm individual quotation lines into sales items.  The simple checkbox selection system allows anything between a single item to the entire quote (9999 lines) to be placed on to a sales order in a single operation with the minimum amount of user input, in addition to creating new Parts, BOMS, Routings and Works Orders for all levels of the structures of parent items.

 

Javelin Version 2015 R1

2015 R2 Release

Advanced Scheduling

  • Next Generation Scheduling system
  • Schedules to actual times, not daily capacity
  • Uses Industry Standard ATC Dispatching algorithm with Enhanced Constraints
  • Much more complex than the existing system, but is faster
  • Can currently be run side by side with the traditional Scheduling system.
  • More development to follow, including regenerative Drag/Drop on the Planning and Genetic Algorithms.

Manufactured Sized Parts

  • Handling of sized manufactured parts
  • Definition of WO output in terms of pieces
  • Handling of Outwork for sized parts
  • Mass Contract approval of PNR

Supplier Approval

  • Multiple Approval Qualifiers
  • Suppliers may have 1 or more Approvals, all with Expiry Dates
  • POs may not be raised, or received if the Supplier Approvals have expired
  • New coded field Supplier Status that appears on many Supplier Inquiry screens to help choose appropriate Suppliers

Obsolete Work Centers

  • WC can now be marked as Obsolete
  • Will not appear on Zooms or Planning Board, and warns when you attempt to use one

MRP Suggested Approval

  • Programs rationalized so that PO and WO use the same terminology
  • Action date meaning rationalized

Favorites

  • Many Entities can now be marked as Favorites (Star Icon)
  • Favorites appear at the top of Selection and Inquiry programs
  • Favorites are stored by USER, so each person can quickly find the items particular to them

Telephone Auto Dial

  • All phone numbers in the system now have a Dial icon next to them (Dial Icon)
  • Clicking on the icon will invoke your TAPI client to dial that number
  • NB A Connected TAPI Client is required
  • Activated by a non-chargeable Module

Pack Handling at Goods Inwards

  • Generate multiple GRNs for single receipt to allow batch identification for component reels, etc.
  • Number to be based on pack size / quantity
  • Rationalize use of Cert Ref across multiple batches
  • Auto Generate cert ref controls

Quote for set of Parts

  • New field on Quote “Summary Quotation”
  • Internal Quote Print will only show the Expected Quantity Break and a Quote Total

Enhanced SFDC Information

  • Call Crystal reports from within the SFDC Work To List, passing source parameters to provision a configurable display of further information regarding Works Orders, Ops or Nests.

Others

  • 128 Barcode Font now automatically installed
  • Manning % now split into Labour and Setup (Sequencer Only)
  • Manning %s new Default Value allowing 0 as an override (Adv Scheduler)
  • Credit Information – Summary Information now always has the ability to display details
  • Narrative Next Numbers now generated in Parallel to prevent record locking and improve speed
  • Employee Absence Import – Allows import of Holidays etc from HR
  • Perpetual Stock Check – Last Checked and Max Parts per count
  • WO Bookings – Zoom to see individual bookings
  • SFDC Materials – Serial Nos now available
  • Intrastat Report – Now a regular report. No longer attempts to replicate the defunct paper return
  • Cure Date and Life Cat – Now definable literals
  • Stock Turnover – New Inquiry and Report
  • “Material Cost Code” renamed to “Additional Invoice Charge”
  • Prospect Import
  • CRM – Date Attribute added

 

Javelin Version 2014 R1

2014 R1 Release

Automate the mundane & concentrate on the detail with 2014 R1

The latest release of the Javelin MRP software contains many features designed to eliminate the more mundane manual tasks currently imposed in some areas of the system, allowing users to concentrate on the more important functions involved in running production.  

Nominal Code Source

Define a hierarchy of defaults and validation rules for Nominal, Cost Center and Department Codes

Call Off POs 

Create a “Call Off” purchase order against an agreed contract period / price.  MRP suggestions will be netted from these PO lines, creating new lines whilst keeping the total supply in balance

RFQ

Many enhancements to make the status of RFQs clearer along with the ability to raize RFQs against MRP suggestions 

Suppliers

PO Review time frame now customisable on a Supplier by Supplier basis

Part Defaults

Changing Item Type now only changes defaults that have a value

Scrap Management 

“Do Not Assume Over Production is Scrap” customization can now be set at Part level

T&A

Single screen Clock in/out function designed to simplify process with single scan of Employee badge into same screen to ‘toggle’ in/out status

JobView Windows Document 

Use Windows Default Application to open attached files without setting up individual viewers. But it’s not all about the mundane – there are a number of enhancements to improve flexibility and functionality:

Batch Sensitive Lead Times 

Lead times of WOs are now calculated using actual cycle times for the Batch Quantity coupled with an additional fixed element via Lead Time Groups which can then be varied manually to cover production bottlenecks

Issue Definition 

Issue definition and the current issue of a part have now been separated as two distinct functions allowing reversion to previous issues and estimating / quoting future issues

Displaced WO Inquiry 

This important scheduling inquiry has been further enhanced with added ranges for Run No, Late Only and Sales Issues (only show WO related to Sales Demand) along with access to MAP (MRP Action Plan) Demand to visualize what consequences the displacement may have
 

Javelin Version 2013 R2

2013 R2 Release

The latest release of Javelin contains some powerful tools for manufacturers of configurable products designed from a number of basic building blocks or operations.  

New functionality includes:

  • Javelin Configured Parts allow the Routings and BOMs associated with a particular part or complete assembly structure to be defined using a series of formulae 
  • These formulae can reference Parameters entered against the sales order line (e.g. Length, Height, Color) and Variables associated with Work Centers or Materials (e.g. Cutting Rate, Thickness, Hardness)
  • This same flexibility of unlimited variables has been incorporated into the existing Synthetics formula based calculations which have now been extended beyond the estimating area to allow use of segment definition in routings 
  • All formulae are evaluated during works order creation to provide the actual material and operational requirements for a particular instance of a configured part
  • Whilst the full configuration functionality is an optional module unlimited Variables and Parameters are available as standard, providing an invaluable tool for Crystal Report analysis and customised documentation

Tool Purchasing

  • Miscellaneous Purchase Orders can now be associated with the purchase of tooling or repair / re-calibration of existing tools 
  • Conventional Goods receiving procedures have been integrated to place tools into a ‘Good In’ location ready for relocation / use within the tooling module 
  • Full traceability and visibility of tool orders is available through the tool screens, many of which have been redesigned to show more relevant data and information  
  • A new report allows the cost of tools to be monitored and allows amortization of tooling costs across parts produced using the tool  

Crystal Templates and Reports

  • Sales Pick List has been added as a document option within Document Copy Customization  
  • Copy Customization now allows definition of saved output options for Crystal Templates (Excel, PDF, CSV, etc)   
  • A new utility has been added to allow the easy mass remapping of Crystal reports to the current data base – a boon for anyone writing reports against the demo database before moving to the live data.  Use it when you upgrade to 2013r2
  • New ‘Data Views’ added to assist report writing.  These appear as tables within the Crystal ddf but are actually amalgamated from several tables automatically by the SQL Service making it far easier to produce summary reports.  How many sub reports would it take to see stock, sales orders, purchase orders and works orders for a group of parts.  All this is now available as a single view

Security and Program Access

  • It’s now possible to limit access to the main maintenance programs (Parts, Customers, Supplier, SO, PO, WO, Quotes, Estimates) even when they would be available in query mode via a zoom from another screen.  Simply remove the user’s rights to the associated Hot Key Inquiry and they will no longer be able to access the program from anywhere in the system
  • A similar mechanism prevents viewing of Costing information within the part maintenance screen itself if the user does not have access to the Part Cost History Inquiry

 

Javelin Version 2013 R1

2013 R1 Release

It’s about Time – No not the release date but the content.  Javelin, 2013r1 launched in October 2012, focuses heavily on saving time both in day to day activity and on interfacing with the system: 

New functionality includes:

  • Major developments in the use of bar code scanning functions pave the way for wireless device communications, allowing data entry ‘on the move’
  • Locate, Issue, Count and Verify Despatch of stock via mobile scanners (suitable hardware / infrastructure required)
  • Perform stock checks live on wireless tablet devices
  • New areas of functionality provide a base level entry into Customer Relationship Management (CRM) allowing contacts with Customers and Prospects to be recorded and monitored and tasks set for other users to follow up
  • Nesting extended to export data to CNC programming suites for material optimization
  • Re-import the resultant programs and cycles information to allow SFDC control on a program by program basis
  • Sales Invoice electronic export for ‘EDI’
  • Import Sales Forecasts and amalgamate as a single demand for parts ensuring advanced material supply and manufacture for ‘pipeline’ or predicted sales orders
  • Actual orders are ‘netted off’ against the forecast demand with full user control over the timescale of unfilled predictions
  • Multi sales issue function allowing ‘single click’ pick of stock across various ranges
  • Simple update of WO material allocations from modified BOMs
  • Print Release notes with Delivery Notes 

 

Javelin Version 2012 R2

2012 R2 Release

Release 2012r2,  our fourth release of the SQL based version Javelin, was launched in April 2012.  As normal this version contains new functionality, some of which has been specifically requested by our Customers.
 
"It's Javelin listening to what our customers tell us they want in the software to help them become even more efficient".

New functionality includes:

  • Estimating screen redesigned to accommodate automated recalculation of values and price breaks for Material Prices, Sub Con Prices and Addition Costs
  • New program to enter, view and chase Proof of Delivery information against Delivery Notes. Option against Customers to prevent invoicing of goods until a POD has been received
  • Export Sales Invoice details via user defined Crystal Templates, facilitating Customer EDI.  Templates definable at Customer account level allowing different formats for individual customers. 
  • New Contract Control option of “Unique tying supply to specific SO and SO Line. Aimed at sites manufacturing bespoke items that are different each time they are made, allowing effective control under a generic part number
  • New import program to allow mass update of none critical part fields (product group, normal store, buyer, etc).  Import for selected parts and selected fields
  • Serial Nos can now be rapidly entered using normal barcode scanners 
  • WC can now be defined as Standard Time and planned time is always booked by SBDC regardless of actual time clocked on to job
  • Each Scheduling run now has an associated description.
  • Cure date recordable against incoming ROO at Goods In

 

Javelin Version 2012 R1

2012 R1 Release

Release 2012r1, our third release of the SQL based version Javelin, was launched in October 2011 at our Annual Customer Events.  As normal this version contains much new functionality, some of which has been specifically requested by our Customers.

"It's Javelin listening to what our customers tell us they want in the software to help them become even more efficient".

Quality Phase I 

  • Enhanced Reject / Scrap booking via Defect registration 
  • Print and Progress status of Defect 
  • Multiple codes per defect 
  • Processing of Defect to ‘wind’ back reject quantity through existing operations or batch on new works order 
  • Trace additional labour / material costs to defects 
  • Enhanced analysis reports and inquiries 

SBDC 

  • Can now book Qty Complete when completing Setup 
  • Jobs can now be Suspended and automatically Restarted when using a new Suspend type of  non-productive code 

Forward Contract Purchasing 

  • Designed to allow advance purchase of strong contract items without a sales order 
  • Also allow recognition of surplus supply 
  • Purchase or stock strong contract items against ‘dummy’ sales orders 
  • Link ‘real’ sales to dummies so MRP recognizes existing supply 
  • MRP confirmation of stock transfer to real sales order 
  • Supply can now be marked as “Fixed” (MRP Type “F”). This is similar to type N except it is only considered to be available on it’s due date 

Configuration 

  • “Session Time Out” Magic.ini setting causes the application to exit after being idle for the specified number of minutes. By default Session Time Out is not implemented
  • “ServerFarm=Y” Teminal.ini setting that causes Terminals to be identified by User ID only, ignoring Machine Name. Intended for TS/Citrix Farms where the machine may vary, but the configuration will not
  • ICONTYPE Logical name will specify the icon displayed in the upper left of the Application. Useful for identifying Demo or Test systems. Valid values include “Demo, Toolkit, Special, Planit” 

Consignment 

  • Stores can now be designated as Consignment Stores and assigned to a Customer
  • Stock in Consignment Stores can be adjusted/transferred
  • Sales issue allows Consignment Stores to be selected

Others 

  • Parts can be marked “Obsolete” which excludes them from most lists, processes and inquiries 
  • Circuit Refs now under Issue Control (Data Upgrades to the Current Issue of a Part)
  • Quotation Items now has “Update Descriptions” button which will refresh the Part No and Descriptions from Estimates or Parts for all lines
  • ROO Drg Issue now visible within Stock Details Inquiry (2011r2) 
  • Parts can be marked "Exclude from Authorization".  This will exclude the Part from the Authorize Structure Treeview 
  • “Create Returns Note” menu renamed “Sales Returns Notes” 
  • Failed Count Report now has Value and Nett Value totals 

Javelin Version 2011 R2

2011 R2 Release

Find your way with Javelin MAP

All users should appreciate the MRP engine is a powerful tool , churning through supply and demand of everything in the database and making a series of suggestions about what to do to maintain a status quo.  More recently the results have become somewhat easier to interpret with the introduction of the MRP treeview.  The first part of the MAP development takes this concept further.

Imagine sitting on a sales order line within sales order maintenance and being able to drill down into how that sales line is planned to be fulfilled.   The new MAP button does just that, not only displaying the works order(s) that will provide the product but allowing you to drill further to see where the materials or components for those works orders are expected to come from.  Of course the data includes suggestions for new orders or modifications to existing, a boon for time pressed Contract managers, and it works for none contract, weak contract and strong contract parts alike as everything is processed by MRP.

Or maybe something has gone wrong on a works order, a broken tool or components scrapped perhaps, and you need to know quickly what effect this will have.  Shift-F6 will bring up the works order hotkey and the new MAP ^ button will allow you to drill up and see what the works orders original qty was supposed to supply.  Alternatively if you are about to start a works order and want to know where the materials are coming from use the other MAP button to drill down.

MAP buttons appear in all key processes and inquiries – Goods Inwards for instance to tell you where to send newly received parts; Stock Inquiry to identify whether stock is really free stock; etc.  But another new development brings Scheduling and MRP closer together.

It has always been possible to build works orders into Assembly Structures, indicating which works order feeds another, but this has always been a one off ‘hit’ when raising a series of orders via MRP or a laborious manual task.  Worse still if MRP moves a works order the links are broken and have to be re-established manually.  However this functionality has now been replaced by focussing scheduling on the MAP data.  Thus the information for assembly hierarchy is automatically updated every time MRP runs without the need for manual intervention.  So if priorities change the next scheduling run will pick up the latest set of MAP data and build its structures accordingly.

Future developments within the MAP project include providing more detail as to why a works order is delayed (capacity restraints at this level or lower down the assembly links) and easier ways to action the effects of material supply interruptions but 2011r2 has already set the standard for clearer direction.

How much is that doggy in the window?

Well maybe not a doggy but certainly steel, nuts and bolts or any other bought out item required – this is certainly a question that many purchasing managers will be asking of their suppliers.  Javelin 2011r2 sees the introduction of the long awaited RFQ (Request for Quotation) functionality to aid this quest.

Using this facility inquiries can be raised for one or more part (even none existent parts if triggered from within an estimate) against one or more supplier.  These can be emailed and progressed similar to a conventional PO, and the resulting quotes recorded and collated to allow a particular response to be turned into a ‘real’ purchase order.  If you can get your supplier to co-operate you can even send them a spreadsheet to fill in with his responses and then import directly back into Javelin to update the RFQ.

Another kind of map

Well, not so much a map but an eagle eye view of your shop floor, configurable to show your machines in the locations they sit.  The Factory view gives a quick overview of the status of the selected machines – color coded for easy recognition.   Data is streamed live from the SFDC terminals so is as up to date as the last booking.

They’re not awkward, they’re a Customer

Ever come across a customer that wants his own style of paperwork, right down to the part description.  No?  I don’t believe you.  But the customer is always right and with Customer Part numbers and more recent innovations in the area of Crystal based documents it’s become more and more feasible to give them what they deserve.

Now 2011r2 adds another option to pave the way to customer utopia by allowing extended part description to be held against the customer part number, so effectively against the customer.  So now if Pierre wants his invoice in French and Luigi prefers Italian then “its-a no problem” either way.

I don’t care how far it is – you promised it yesterday

Whilst correct use of Safety Lead time will ensure product is delivered on time when transit times are always the same, sometimes the same product has to be shipped to widely differing locations.  Traditionally the Sales Promised Date caters for this scenario, allowing customers to be advised a later date than the due date, but someone has to remember to set it on the order!   But not anymore.  Now each customer address can have a specific transit time registered against it.  This is added to the due date when a new line is raised on the sales order and automatically stored as the promised date.  One less excuse for a late delivery.

 

Javelin Version 2011 R1

2011 R1 Release

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.

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.

Project Log

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

Wiki

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.
 

Javelin Version 2010 R2

2010 R2 Release

Sales Item Attributes

Sales Items can now be linked by a set of Primary and Secondary Attributes. These might be unique serial numbers or descriptors of Customer owned equipment or sites. Analysis of sales via these attributes allows tracking of all work performed over a period of time against any one particular attribute.

JobView

It is now possible to attach external files to individual Works Orders, Purchase Orders, Sales Orders, Quotes, Estimates, Customers, Suppliers, Work Centers, Employees and GRNs rather than just Part Records.  Particularly useful for Quality information on individual jobs or Contract information on specific sales.

Purchase Reject Process

The purchase reject process has now been speeded by chaining all the phases together so you do not need to choose each process from the menu or enter the same details multiple times. Return All to Supplier is a new program to return all outstanding purchase rejects to a supplier in a single process.

Factory Modelling

A number of enhancements have been made to the capacity planning data management to provide more efficient setup and ongoing maintenance.

  • The main screen now displays all modelling information without the need to drill down via buttons
  • Shift Patterns can be named and copied
  • Employee Attendance Patterns can be defined and applied to groups of employees simultaneously – especially useful for sites applying rolling shift patterns
  • Holiday and Sickness Periods can now be entered against Employees rather than defining each day
  • Known closed days are now removed from the Calendar automatically as they are defined without the need to rebuild

Out Standing Delivery MRP Status

This is a new MRP based report that shows outstanding SO Lines, the associated MRP Explorer information and Status indicators.  Provides a useful tool for Contract Managers progressing work and identifying holdups. This is a working report based on customer input to date but could still be subject to further development. Suggestions for improvements from potential users are welcomed.

Material Availability Inquiry

Additional option within Sales Info Hotkey which gives the earliest possible delivery date for a given quantity of a manufactured part based on material availability, taking current MRP suggestions into consideration. Will only use genuinely free stock, or apply Normal Lead Times where new demand is identified.

Javelin Version 2010 R1

2010 R1 Release

MRP Explorer

This new tool provides insight into information and suggestions provided by MRP.  The graphical tree view allows users to browse the supply chain in any direction, confirming the ‘pegging’ of supply against demand at all levels.  Explosion of low level amalgamated contribution of components or raw materials, provides explanation of the top level demand determining the suggested supply.  Drill down from top level contract demand  will highlight any potential shortages in supply of all lower level requirements, even when these parts are non contract orientated.

Jobview Link Imports

A further extension to the growing number of standard data import routines, enabling the creation of Jobview document links via a CSV file import.

Sales EDI

Now enhanced with a number of additional options, including automated Call off against a Tentative Schedule.

Multiple Return of Planned Issue

Perform a mass Return of Planned Issue of all or selected range of materials previously issued to a specific Works Order.

Op Time Feedback

A new routine to calculate the average actual time booked for specific ranges of Routings, with the option to update the planned time with a derivative of this average.

Publish Cost of Sales

The Cost of Sales report can now identify and report on cost changes to invoices already detailed in previous Cost of Sales figures.

Additional enhancements

In addition to the 'headliners' Javelin 2010 R1 also provides a significant number of  other product developments enhancing existing functionality and usability.

  • Part Narrative is no longer copied to the WO Text under control of a new General Customization flag
  • Typing into fields while in Query Mode now does not loose key presses on fast PC’s / slow networks
  • New Default for “GRN Inspect” on new Parts
  • Store Purchase Parts speed improvements
  • Estimate Routings now have an additional Comment field that prints off as a Narrative (When using Narrative Type C)
  • “Who is In Javelin” now has button to display the Computers that are consuming a UniPaas license
  • Shelf Life removed for Non-Traceable Parts
  • Part Maintenance inquiries (e.g. Stock, SO, PO) now default to all records and have easier to use flags to restrict view to Current Issue / Live data
  • Sales Orders now have “Contact” field which is chosen from one of the Customers Contacts. This prints on the Order Acknowledgement
  • Purchase Supplier Rep extended to 30 characters. Printed on PO as “FAO”
  • Purchase PO Acknowledgement date field extended to Consumable Pos
  • Within Screen Based Data Capture (SBDC) starting an Op from the Work To List when scheduled as an alternative Op of WC causes the WC to become the actual WC