Biting the Control Number Bullet
If you use lot and/or serial numbers on a regular
basis and you haven’t activated PowerShift’s control number feature for
the affected items, you might want to consider it. PowerShift has a
number of functions that facilitate management of lot- and
flexibility in how control numbers are assigned. They
can be sequential, include a constant (i.e., based on
date, product class or other criteria) as a prefix or
suffix, and can be up to 16-characters long.
Control numbers can be pre-assigned when an order is
created so product labels or name plates can be
generated. Label printing can be launched automatically
as orders are released or as a separate process
controlled from the production floor.
When control numbers are pre-assigned, only assigned
control numbers can be received.
In shipping you record the control numbers that have
been consumed. You can use a wireless input device to
complete entry and save time by scanning the items as
you pick them for the sales order. The customer packing
list and invoice can optionally list the serial numbers
If you warrantee lot-controlled or serialized products,
the warranty date and duration is tracked.
- If you offer extended service
contracts, PowerShift can help with the process.
Inquiries enable you to see the transactions
associated with an entered serial number:
When you think about using control numbers,
the operative word is control.
PowerShift tracks controlled items from receipt
through shipment. What happens if you shipped a controlled item that a
customer wants to return – but PowerShift never “saw” the control
Control Number Entry (ICE) program enables you to add required
lot/serial numbers to the system and so that they are available for the
generation of an RMA (Return Material Authorization).
If you’re not using PowerShift to track your controlled inventory and
want to start, contact
the Qantel Helpdesk
or call us at