Production weigh up is the process of staging and weighing up of materials that are going to be used in the production process. DEACOM provides functionality that enables manufacturers to increase the efficiency and accuracy of this process – especially important for those companies heavily regulated by the FDA.
All lots that are required for production are moved to the staging area, often referred to as the weigh room. These are typically containers of materials such as bags or totes of material that often need to be measured out before being issued to a production job. Utilizing the DEACOM WMS, warehouse workers must select the first to expire (FEFO) or oldest lot (FIFO) of material available.
DEACOM provides a keyboard-free weigh up process to increase the efficiency and accuracy of this often time consuming process. By scanning the batch number, the part number and the lot number on the product selected, DEACOM will automatically prompt the user with the weight required of the material. Once this material is weighed out on the scale and within the accuracy threshold defined within the system, the user can confirm the transaction and generate a new label to follow the material throughout the production process.
Through the weigh up process a pallet master lot that contains all the products that go into a batch can be created. This pallet can then be moved to the production area through a single scan that keeps all the materials together.
As the production worker scoops, pumps, or pours the materials from the pallet into the production equipment, the system may require them to scan all the individual materials again. This double check process helps ensure the accuracy of batches.