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SolidWorks and ALERE Integration

May 12, 2017

Perhaps the world’s most popular CAD software, SolidWorks, can be integrated with ALERE.

Integration is at two points: displaying the 3D modeling of products and importing bills of material from CAD assemblies.

Display is done by inserting a hyperlink to the CAD file in ALERE where the image is to be displayed.

Clicking on the Hyperlink will start the SolidWorks E-drawings Viewer which will let you view the SolidWorks file without being able to edit the CAD data.

The viewer is free and can be downloaded by clicking on the button below.

Hyperlinks are supported by single purpose apps. So any mobile device that will run the viewer will extend this capability remotely.

Importing bills of material from CAD assemblies is accomplished using the ALERE Import BOMs utility in the BOM module. The Excel format that SolidWorks uses to export a BOM can be controlled by custom properties. Therefore, the format required for ALERE to import a BOM can be matched. The only other condition is that the imported components must be present in inventory.

Field Service & ALERE

May 5, 2017

Does ALERE support field service work? Although there is not a Service module per se, the native ALERE package comes with all the tools to handle field service work. This includes making appointments using a graphical schedule board, managing service personnel, creating work orders to track job costs, and even estimating time and distance between appointments!

The advantages include complete native integration; remote data entry using single purpose apps; access to the material planning resources; documentation of all costs including overhead; documentation of on-site equipment conditions and work done, and inventory control.

A white paper has been written that describes what needs to be done to set up ALERE for service work and how to use it. The paper is available to be downloaded by clicking on the button below.

If you would like us to walk you through a demonstration, contact Tim Hatcher at 610-258-5161 x 104 or by email at thatcher@tiwcorp.com.

ALERE v11.0 released

January 13, 2017

This all-encompassing version includes Accounting, CRM, Manufacturing, Data Acquisition, Mobility, Document Management, and Single Purpose Apps.

Single Purpose Apps has been expanded to include the use of user permissions. This optimizes the Apps for creating order entry portals for clients and hundreds of other applications!

ALERE's new ribbon menu interface makes it ideal for use on traditional desktop and laptop PC's, as well as tablets and other mobile devices.

The manufacturing modules have been spread among three tabs based on the functions: Production, Engineering and Logistics.

The Configurator module has been incorporated under the Inventory tab.

The ribbon menu will automatically configure itself for clients with accounting and manufacturing, accounting only, and manufacturing only.

The new Fetch is embedded in the ribbon menu and has search capabilities for the entire scope of ALERE. As each person uses Fetch it will automatically arrange the search links based on their use by the individual. Users may also manually set search priorities.

And there are dozens of other major features and improvements in the v11.0 release!

Progress Billing

August 21, 2017

Progress billings consists of a series of invoices that are prepared at different points in the process of a major project to seek payment for a percentage of work that has been completed so far.

A white paper is now available that discusses the preparation steps, creation of the Sales Order, and the release of the progress billing invoices when using ALERE for this function.