American Printing House for the Blind extends TransLution™ Software to include production

TransLution™ Software USA has been working with American Printing House for the Blind (APH) to implement a scanning system that integrated with the organization’s existing SYSPRO system. The project has been implemented in phases, rolling out the software in different sections of the production process. After the successful implementation of Phase One for Purchase Order Receiving and Putaway, APH has now gone live with Phase Two for Production.

The process begins with a Job Pick is done. This is similar to a sales order pick but the goods are intended for a job, not for dispatch. Picking is done from bins onto a trolley and items for multiple jobs are picked simultaneously onto a single trolley. If the same stock code is needed for more than one job, then the quantities are summed to reduce the walking time for the operator.

Once all items are picked, they are scanned and unpacked to the correct bins. At this point the items are also issued to the specific jobs they are needed for. Full validation is done to ensure that only items and quantities required for a job are issued.

Users can also complete job receipts from the scanner. An interesting variation on the standard approach is that if not enough stock has been issued for the job receipt to occur, there is a warning and an option for a supervisor to override the warning. The system will then automatically issue whatever stock is short and do the job receipt. Manufactured items are then put away to bins. APH is also using TransLution™ to scan the completion of an operation within a job – this allows them to track the progress of the job by monitoring the status of its operations.

Phase Two also included a stock take process which allows for all bins and items in the warehouse to be counted and the results posted to SYSPRO.


About American Printing House for the Blind
The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) was founded in Louisville to develop and produce educational materials and provide services for people who are blind and visually impaired. Since 1858, APH has been evolving to support people with vision loss as they navigate the world. As a vital part of the Louisville community, APH employs 300 people and offers over 1,000 products online and by catalog, including materials in braille, large print, audio recordings, and accessible technology. APH is now the world’s largest company committed to providing educational and daily living tools for people who are blind and visually impaired.

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About TransLution™ Software

TransLution™ Software was developed to assist manufacturing, warehousing and distribution companies to better manage their business processes and stock handling. The TransLution™ product is particularly focussed on robust integration to customers’ existing ERP, accounting and stock management software for a wide range of transactions. TransLution™ is distributed in Africa by Afrisoft Africa (Pty) Ltd and in Europe by K3 SYSPRO.

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