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KnarrTek MTS Materials Tracking System

barcode inventory tracking

The KnarrTek Materials Tracking System (MTS) is an industrial warehouse and stock-room management solution that uses License-Plate-Number (LPN) container tracking methods, the same as are used by Amazon, FedEx, and UPS.

MTS tracks containers of materials by lot number, and expiration date, as well as individually serialized items. MTS can also track inventory and assets, by customer and project, at multiple different locations.

MTS is used to track raw, intermediate, and finished goods inventory, as well as floor stock, in manufacturing companies and is used in industrial distribution applications, especially where secondary operations, such as kitting, are performed.

MTS is also used for food, medical and pharmaceutical materials tracking, can track the quality control status of materials, and is a CFR 21 Part 11 compliant barcode-tracking system.

LPN Tracking

In License-Plate-Number (LPN) container tracking, a unique tracking barcode is placed on each container or materials or serialized items that we wish to track. This barcode is then scanned when the container is received, moved, or shipped and also when materials are added or withdrawn from the container.

This is different from conventional inventory tracking or warehouse management systems which track the static quantities of materials at each location in a warehouse. Instead, MTS is able to track materials as they move dynamically within warehouses, as well between warehouses and to and from a production floor. This gives MTS the ability to give its users a real-time view of their inventory at multiple different locations, including materials in-transit and at field locations.

This use of LPN methods gives MTS the ability to track a mixture of materials on each pallet, as materials are added to the pallet in boxes and as individually tracked, serialized items. Movement and shipment of pallets can then simply be recorded by scanning the barcode on the outermost pallet.

Nested container data, captured by MTS, enables compliance with materials tracking standards, such of that of the Department of Defense and the FDA. It also enables MTS to provide and use Advanced Shipment Notice (ASN) data for supply-chain data exchange purposes.

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