BPCS Automation

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We currently input all of our data via manual entry.  We are looking into modernizing our system by utilizing barcode data entry with hand held scanning devices.
I am having trouble finding a software solution for us that will not require a ground up build, or for us to own the software post implementation.  Does anyone know where I can find a supplier?
Thanks, your help is greatly appreciated.

Software/Hardware used:
BPCS v5.7

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There are a number of ways to do this.

If you use the 5250 screens (green Screen) then you could use scanners that have 5250 interfaces. This is a real time application so if the AS/400 is down the scanners are down.

Another method would be to use a client server type approach where orders for example are downloaded to a different system and the scanning is done to that system. This system would then send the received data to the AS/400 as it gets it. If the AS/400 is down, the system stores the data until the as/400 is available when it will then send the data to the AS/400.

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  • BigKat
    There are even Barcode Scanners that plug in between the keyboard and the terminal/PC that simply "type" into the current field (This may be what A4ginatl meant by scanners that have 5250 interfaces, but the ones I am thinking of would "type" the barcoded data into Word or Notepad or any other PC application as well. Wherever the cursor is, that is where the data will go.)
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  • Bpcsuser
    Thank you both for your help. I have started looking into barcode scanners, but we are hoping to make things more mobile as well. Do you have any experience using BPCS (or a similar system) on mobile device such as the Motorolla MC3100? The interface would be too large to fit onto the screen in its standard form.
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  • Etransactions
    What you need is a solution that uses the standard BPCS transaction sets for transaction reporting. There are two very good solutions out there today. Based on your requirements one or both should work for you. First there is the new Infor solution with Bridge to Bar for ERP LX and ther is also an MES solution offered by Crossroads. I have worked with both products and yopu can't go wrong with either one.
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