The June EPICS newsletter is now available. This newsletter contains the 2017-2018 Wishlist results, a request for feedback on the forthcoming Die Maintenance Module, future EUC information, and EPICS training opportunities.
Major update 9.6 is now available. It includes the new Notifications feature and many important fixes. Read all about it in the May EPICS Newsletter.
Jim Foy is celebrating 50 years of service to the Aluminum Extrusion Industry. Read Light Metal Age's feature article on Jim.
The current release of EPICS is 18.104.22.168
While paint and anodizing production can be posted as described above (quantities, times, and scrap), the EPICS Enterprise Edition offers the optional Enhanced Finishing Module that creates additional functionality for these two areas.
For anodizing, the racking crew can easily view what material is available to be anodized, and can then specify what material they load onto each rack. As the rack is created, EPICS will keep them informed of the total area on the rack, and warn if excess material is loaded. At any time, a list of all racks (partial and full) can be displayed. So on the unrack end of the line, the crew can just select the appropriate rack and click the Complete box when it is unloaded. Information on all items on that rack will then be posted into EPICS.
In addition to providing expanded production reporting capabilities, the Finishing Module maintains paint and solvent inventory records. These inventory records are created as received, with a record for each barrel showing ID, manufacturer, date received, quantity, etc. As solvents are added or colors mixed, you can post transfers so that the inventory of each container shows all components added.
The paint portion of the Enhanced Finishing Module include a screen for creating a 'run', or a list of Sales Order Items that are to be painted a certain color. This screen can be created at the time extrusions are loaded onto the paint line, or it can be created earlier by the person scheduling the line.
As the run progresses, material consumption and downtime information can be added as required. As extrusions are unloaded from the line, each item can be checked off, and the order status will be immediately updated. Rack tags can be printed at the same time.
When all items on a run have been unloaded, the paint consumed will be posted against the inventory, and the production times and downtimes will be posted to a production table.
At the end of each run, the EPICS database contains the information necessary to calculate coverage, paint usage for each item, VOC reports, etc.
Data concerning scrap and rework is also handled by this module.