The Non-Conformance Report (NCR) addition supports users’ suppliers, customers and internal quality processes by recording and monitoring NCRs with multiple user-defined templates.

NCRs are linked to supplier returns, customer returns, works orders, quarantine stock transactions, defects and scrap. There is also a general option available to create NCRs not related directly to specific parts, but for any other need to record a non-conformance.

Many companies already keep track of non-conformance information outside Javelin, in an Excel spreadsheet, for example. However, being able to directly link the information to purchase orders, works orders and sales orders within Javelin means everything is secure, and the system produces full reports.

A number of updates have also been made to ‘Advanced Scheduling’. For example, a newly developed function can now consider the acknowledged date of a purchase order item, rather than the due date, and will delay the scheduling of operations until the material is received.

Further enhancements include: the addition of options to ignore ‘Alternate Ops’ and ‘Alternate WCs’; the introduction of an ‘Unscheduled Operations Enquiry’, with filters, which can be printed and exported to Excel; and the creation of metrics for the number of alternative ops, the number of ops scheduled on obsolete WCs, and the number of unscheduled ops. Also, newly applicable warnings have been added to a number of items after a scheduling run. And the planning board for Advanced Scheduling now retains the last settings on ‘Number of Days in View’ and the ‘Highlight’ option.

Using ‘Max Cycles for Configured Parts’, MRP can now be set to check for configured part demand, automatically approve, and repeat MRP to calculate and flush through any configured demand. Previously, when configured parts were in use, MRP had to be run for each BOM level, and the approvals done at each level, so this latest functionality accelerates the process considerably.

‘Supply v Demand’ enquiries now consider the sales order line. This function is related to contract control, in that unique contracts are sales order line dependent, so this is now incorporated into the supply and demand enquiry.

An important newly introduced sales function sees clarification of sales order item dates. The promise date is the date the customer expects to receive its goods, while the sales order due date will be calculated from the promise date minus the transport time.

Also of note in Javelin 2020.0, a newly created security feature prevents accidental despatch against a sales order line with a zero value. Zero price sales order items now default to ‘To Be Arranged’ and are not available for sales issue. If the price is meant to be zero, such as a free sample for instance, the TBA flag can be manually unchecked, allowing sales issue.

Stock details are now recorded for non-trace parts, making it easier to report against stock, as the data is stored in a single table, while another important function is that stores now have optional restrictions of planned issue, sales issue, production receipt and goods receipt.

Following customer requests, Javelin developers have created a ‘Country of Origin’ field on the goods receipt note, which defaults to the supplier’s VAT country. This addition provides more transparency by identifying the origin of the purchase. The function can be overridden, if required.

Nest material issue within shop floor data capture now consolidates supply, and amortises demand by the required contract strength. Furthermore, the stock transaction log records and displays the program used to perform the transaction.

Previously only available as a report, an ‘Overdue Items Enquiry’ has been added, enabling data to be exported to Excel. Also, filters have been introduced to ‘Mass Stock Transfer’, based on row, bin and contract.

In Javelin’s ‘Documents’ section, default attachments can now be added to each document type.The key use for this function is attaching terms and conditions to all purchase-order emails. Customer-focused documents can now have their own customer profile set against each copy.

Other items of new and enhanced functionality include: easier to use WIP recording and the ability to enter multiple lines; the introduction of drag and drop icons within a desktop tab, making the desktop more intuitive and easier to modify; most enquiry settings can now be saved according to the user/machine, and open at that point when next accessed; and all email address fields mpw have an icon to create a new email.