While it hasn’t been my only project, it has been a major side project of mine for most of 2012 thus far. The mobile project for my day job should be going live today in that more than a couple employees will start using these devices for order pulling and inventory management.
I’ve included a couple of screenshots in the past, but the project has evolved and thus some applications changed slightly (added features for example) so I’ve included a gallery of most applications below. Not all screens are shown, but it gives you an idea of why my application suite does. Not in the gallery is the order pulling application which has largely remained unchanged from the screenshot in my first post, though I have resolved several bugs that came up in rare occurrences and added a few minor enhancements.
I’m not really doing anything too fancy here. The only time I write back to our main database is for bin location changes, but that is immensely helpful for those who use it. To change the first bin location in our ERP system, for example, would require that the change be made in three different windows. This would also require the inventory manager (or whomever) to write down the part number and new bin location(s). With my device the change can be made on the spot (made even quicker if the user scans the barcode for the part) and have the bin changed in all needed parts of the database instantly. Doing this just a few times saves a drastic amount of time.
I’ve also coded a custom to-do list which is used for stock management. If the inventory manager sees that an item in our primary bin location is getting low, he/she can scan the item’s barcode and have it added to the list. It will let them know where to go to get additional stock (additional bin locations to pull from) and when the item is rescanned will mark it as ‘done’.
The device itself has been ruggedized with a heavily padded industrial case. We’re working on concrete here so I want to take every precaution that I can to ensure these devices stay in good condition. We also have holsters and laniards for those who work in a risky area or use the devices on forklifts for example.