The Manager module handles a number of
housekeeping functions and features in support of ALERE Manufacturing.
This module controls the creation, management and access to multiple
separate companies that can be supported by ALERE Manufacturing.
Managing links to accounting packages, establishing
global definitions, setting up email automation rules, defining which
inventory locations to use for material planning, setting preferences to
use as defaults in a company, are just a few of its housekeeping
For the system administrator, there are tools for
maintaining the integrity of the manufacturing data like reconciling
data, reindexing files, checking for duplicate records, and clearing
network flags when there is a system crash.
A robust security function allows the administrator to carefully
control user access to the various software functions and manage their
passwords on a company-by-company basis.
A tool permits the administrator to log off users and
lock the system or schedule a logoff/lockout date and time.
For companies which desire to customize ALERE
Manufacturing to their specific needs, an online data dictionary
provides the detailed structure of the tables and reports necessary to
make changes. Many customizations can be made using the screen, report
and label modification tools. For advanced modifications, there is an
optional Developerís Kit available.
Customization extends to modifying menus and screens
to use a different language on a user by user basis. This makes it
possible for a multi-lingual company to modify ALERE Manufacturing to
support several different languages and to have them automatically
implemented based on the user who signs in.
Employees can record their work start and finish
times and post labor to manufacturing jobs. Supervisors can correct
mistakes in the labor postings. A report provides a log of those times.
Email alerts are integrated into ALERE Manufacturing
to help notify the appropriate people when certain activities or events
take place in the manufacturing process. The administrator can develop
rules that control when the emails are sent and even automatically
attach documentation to them. For example, when a bill of material is
changed by engineering an email can be sent a process engineer to alert
him of the change.
The Manager module enables ALERE Manufacturing to
handle multiple date and time formats including support for Standard
Engineered Minutes. This support extends to Average, Standard, LIFO, and
FIFO inventory valuation methods. There is even an option to post
finished goods to inventory at their actual cost, their standard cost,
or the issued material costs over and above the inventory valuation
Manufacturing has a need to track costs that many
other industries do not. So default general ledger accounts can be
established for work in process, variances, labor, fixed and variable
overhead, and maintenance.
The process of manufacturing usually involves
tracking and handling a considerable amount of materials. The Manager
module helps to facilitate this by printing labels on demand. This
includes the ability to add a bar code to the labels for fast and