OLEC — On-Line Effectiveness Control — is a software program designed to provide managers with powerful tools to schedule manpower and control labor costs for all warehouse and transportation operations.
OLEC represents only one of the software programs comprised in Applied Logistics Total Logistics Solution (TLS) — a complete software package that includes Warehouse Management Systems, Labor Management Systems, and Transportation Management Systems.
The engineering projects, the software applications, the productivity improvement programs, and the methods improvement solutions are all parts of a total system. These parts interface with each other and complement each other, within the TLS architecture, with a common goal: increased efficiency and productivity.
Investing in the TLS architecture means sharing a philosophy of management that ties together operations efficiency with output quality and customer service. This is a must for those companies that operate in highly competitive markets and for which profit represents the ultimate goal.
From receiving to shipping to delivery, OLEC allows management to control all logistic resources and to make the best possible decision in planning and balancing workloads at minimum cost.
OLEC is designed to utilize several Graphic User Interfaces and is mainly a Web Application. No other similar program in the market today is known to be a complete Web Application.
The advantage of being a complete Web Application is that this program can be updated and upgraded in a much more cost effective and much less time consuming way by use of a web browser.
OLECrepresents a complete solution to planning and controlling the productivity of your warehouse operations by allowing management to accomplish two fundamental objectives: 1) monitor the efficiency of every single warehouse operation and, 2) control operating costs.
OLEC provides a complete data interchange capability with most other legacy systems through setting of XML modules. Additionally, the exchange of information is performed by utilizing Web Service, SSIS platforms, and WCF modules.
OLEC is capable of generating a number of standard reports on labor effectiveness and operations efficiency, by means of tracking and recording in real time the performance of each operator in every basic activity he/she performs. OLEC also offers other highly flexible and dynamic report writing capabilities so that, at the time of installation, the client can easily select or change the format of these reports according to his specific requirements. The Reporting System utilizes components based on MS SQL Server Reporting System. All reports can be readily available in different locations (i.e., multinational and multi-company) by use of a web based interface and through several hardware devices such as: PC’s, Laptops, Smart Phones, PDA’s, etc.
The program utilizes several types of GUI (Graphic User Interface) such as: Windows Forms, WPF Application, Web Forms, Silverlight, etc. in order to optimize, facilitate, and make the use of hardware devices more intuitive and as user friendly as possible.
OLEC capability of visualizing on-line all support data enables management to constantly supervise all warehouse operations and to effectively and productively manage available resources.
Our system monitors and measures every aspect of warehouse operations, whether related to employee’s productivity or to utilization of available space and equipment.
Although originally designed and developed specifically to handle the needs of the food distribution industry, OLEC can easily satisfy the requirements of many segments of warehousing, distribution, and transportation.
Because of its design architecture and its inherent advanced technological solutions, our system can easily adapt to changing business needs and new technologies (i.e., voice-directed picking), without the need for reprogramming. For example, OLEC is designed to fully utilize and handle RF devices. Its Open Systems Architecture allows collecting and processing data received from multiple RF devices operating in real-time.
ALPT™ (Applied Logistics Personal Translator) is a unique multilingual translation program included in the design of all our proprietary software applications. The end-user can select his preferred language before running an application as well as while running an application. The client can decide what set of languages he intends to use at the moment of installation.
ALTP™ allows your company to adopt its own specific terminology without the need for reprogramming the application, so that nothing will change in your usual way of operating. This is made possible through the use of your company’s customized dictionary that can be added to your choice of languages.
Whether you are a multinational, multi-company, multi-facility or a multi-warehouse organization, OLEC can provide you with a fully integrated solution capable of satisfying not only your actual needs, but also your future needs worldwide.
Our support teams (overseas and local) are available on a 24-7-365 basis to ensure that we are there when you need us.
All our systems feature a remote support technology that allows our professionals to gather the data and information necessary to solve the majority of the problems encountered without being physically present at your facility.
Our local support professionals are Microsoft and Cisco certified and can provide solutions to your problems as well as train your employees in maximizing the utilization of the applications already installed.
OLEC protects access to data by means of system password and personal password. The access to each task is also controlled by a password and can only be enabled by a system administrator who knows this application inside-out.
In more technically specific terms, the following constitute a list of environments and configurations that provide the reader with sufficient information to fully understand the specifications that characterize the platform of this software application:
Software Development Environment:
➢ Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition➢ SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Edition➢ IIS 6.5➢ Microsoft Expression Blend 4➢ Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate➢ .net Framework 4.0➢ ASP.Net 4.0➢ Silverlight 4.0➢ Internet Explorer 8.0➢ Mozilla Firefox 3.6
➢ Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition or higher➢ SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Edition or higher➢ IIS 6.5 or higher (freeware)➢ .net Framework 4.0 or higher (freeware)➢ ASP.Net 4.0 or higher (freeware)➢ Silverlight 4.0 or higher (freeware)➢ Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher (freeware)➢ Mozilla Firefox 3.6 or higher (freeware)
➢ Windows XP sp3 or higher➢ Silverlight 4.0 or higher➢ .net Framework 4.0 or higher (freeware)➢ Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher (freeware)➢ Mozilla Firefox 3.6 or higher (freeware)
• Accurately determines actual workload requirements for a specific time interval, delivery route, or any other critical function before production begins. This allows management to effectively plan and balance workloads by scheduling the manpower needed to perform the necessary work without “best guess” estimates or use of historical data;• Instantly tracks shift progress in relation to time expended. This feedback is of vital importance in making on-the-spot decisions in regard to unpredictable schedule changes and efficiency fluctuations. Early identification of slippage enables managers to react promptly by redirecting work assignments or redistributing the workforce according to the newly determined requirements;• Monitors and measures in real time the performance of each operator against the standards throughout the shift. This feature allows the operators to be constantly informed of their cumulative performance at the end of each work assignment and to adjust their effort to maintain the desired productivity output;• Tracks productive time as well as time spent in non-standard and off-standard activities by reason. This allows supervisors to spot unnecessary delays and inefficient work activities while they occur and at the end of each shift, giving them an opportunity for early identification of trends and problem areas. Immediate feedback is particularly important when an incentive program is in place, because it strongly motivates employees to perform their best;• Calculates and administers incentive programs targeted at increasing productivity;• Generates daily reports on several warehousing and distribution key-functions.
The major benefits that can be expected from the utilization of OLEC are:
• Reduced labor costs;• Optimized manpower scheduling and allocation;• More balanced workload distribution;• Real-time visibility into labor productivity;• Early identification of trends and problem areas;• More effective supervision;• Improved customer service.
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