User eNotes - May 2018
Presidents Comments
Rod Hatcher
Would you like your company's sales force to be able to enter orders from a trade show floor? What about taking a customer order while visiting their offices? How important is that to you, and what would you pay in order to do it? If you are at all familiar with this technology then you probably already know that companies are paying tens of thousands of dollars, or even hundreds of thousands of dollars to acquire remote order entry.

Since the release of Version 11.0 in January, 2017 that capability has been available in ALERE by using what is called "Single Purpose Apps". In fact, using an out-of-the-box generic order entry app TIW developed as a sample; you could start entering those orders today! All you would need is a tablet and an internet connection.

But that is only one use for single purpose apps. You can have real-time physical inventory, business financial status reporting, supply chain management, shop floor order updating, and the list goes on and on. Would you like to know more about an application you might have in mind for your company? Talk to your dealer or give us a call. ALERE can do it.
The Advantages of Work Order Flexibility
ALERE has the rare ability to make changes to work orders while they are in process and to capture those costs. This is a trait that is not shared by most competing manufacturing systems whose work orders must be slavishly adhered to.

ALERE's work orders accomplish their unique flexibility by being an independent document with their own list of materials and route operation steps. The route is compiled by copying the operation steps from a master route in a library. The material list is created by multiplying a bill of material by the number of items required by the work order and adjusting that list by the yield predicted on each of the operation steps. The material quantities are then appended to the work order. The result is a self-contained work order that permits changes to the route and material list that affect only that order.

The work order is then processed by posting transactions to it. The transactions record what material was issued, the labor that was used, operations which were started and completed, the work-in-process quantities, and anything affecting the order. Transactions document the life of the order and can reveal its status at any given time and its costs.

Work orders that can be changed to meet unexpected challenges using precisely documented transactions is what makes ALERE a valuable manufacturing tool and a stand-out in the market.
Set Ok/Cancel Default
Would you like to modify ALERE to automatically answer an OK/Cancel screen and skip displaying it? ALERE OK/Cancel screens are dynamic forms that are created to present informational data or to request discrete answers. It is easy to force a default button response without displaying the message.

Please note: In order to accomplish this modification you must own the developers source kit.

Navigate to File > Developer Tools > Developer Portal.

Type use? and select the Enter key.

Navigate to the SysFile directory, open ws_lingo and type browse.

Find the specific screen you want to automatically answer by scrolling down the Type column to the OkCancel listing section.
On the AddLocn line in the Keyid column open the memo field in the Standard column and copy the contents.
Close the Standard column window then open the memo field in the Alternate column
Paste the contents from the Standard column into the Alternate column screen. 
Add "NOSHOW=.T. " (for Yes) or "NOSHOW=.F. " (for No) to the memo as follows:

This will force a default button response without displaying the OK/Cancel message.
Close and save the change by selecting Ctrl + W.

Finish the modification by going to the command line and typing use (Enter) and then exit (Enter).

Further details about these definitions can be found on page 43-44 of the Developer's Source Kit Technical Manual.
APICS and the Value of a Common Language
The American Production and Inventory Control Society, or APICS, was founded in 1957 and has grown to morethan 45,000 members in over one hundred countries. The mission of APICS is "Fostering the advancement of end-to-end supply chain management through a body of knowledge, innovative research, systems, and methods to create value for customers, members, and organizations."

The APICS dictionary and processes were referenced extensively when TIW was developing its original manufacturing package in the late 1980's. Then, when ALERE's financial modules were first designed in the early 2000's, APICS again assisted with defining inventory control and supply chain management terminology and methodologies.

Adhering to APICS standardized terminology and processes ensures that ALERE users are working with industry-wide standard language and definitions. The result is a reduced burden when training, greater the understanding of processes, and the ability to concisely communicate information.

To learn more about APICS refer to:
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