Raw Materials Management

Contract Entry , Block Scheduling / Planning , Order Entry , Delivery Management , Truck Scale , OCC Receiving / Quality Management , RMM Reports

The Proconex Raw Materials Management System helps Pulp and Paper Mills control bulk materials such as wood chips and recycled fiber. The system coordinates current inventory levels, contracted deliveries, and purchase orders with the requirements for bulk material as determined from the paper machine production schedule. The RMM System has tools to support quality control on incoming bulk material, contract administration and just-in-time delivery.

The benefits of using the Proconex RMM System are:

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Each contract negotiated between the Pulp and Paper Company and the Raw Material Supplier is entered into the system. The information on each contract is updated as deliveries are made. Contract information includes total weight ordered, delivery schedule, payment details, quantity received, and quality.


The screen illustration above shows the details of a contract.

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The paper machine production schedule matches order quantities for finished product with raw materials on hand, contracted to be delivered, or on order. New orders are entered to offset forecast shortages in raw materials


The screen illustration above shows the concept of assigning orders for raw materials related to a production run on the paper machine.

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Orders are entered to meet the production schedule requirements. Orders include a schedule of delivery dates and weights, ship from location, pricing, transportion costs, and special instructions for shipping, receiving, and lab testing.


The screen illustration above shows a purchase order, which is normally for several loads of material (under an existing contract).
The screen illustration above shows an order item in detail.

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The system maintains a schedule of the expected raw material deliveries to the mill. An initial entry is made to the schedule at the time the order is placed and is updated when the vendor contacts the mill with the actual ship date of the load and then again when the carrier contacts the mill 24 hours prior to arrival.


The screen illustration above shows the details retained about a particular vendor.

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Trucks and loads entering the mill yard are identified and weighed. Empty trucks leaving the yard are weighed again and net weights calculated. The system controls traffic lights and automatically reads the scale weight. For incoming loads, the system prints a Load Identification Label, and a Receiving Form. For empty trucks leaving the yard it prints a Recept Ticket with gross, tare, and net weights.


The screen illustration above shows screen used in the scale/gatehouse. The truck is weighed automatically in and out.

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At the receiving dock, the OCC load is visually inspected for quantity of prohibitives, out throws, bale integrity, and moisture. The results of the visual inspection are recorded on the form printed at the Truck Scale and later entered into the system.


The screen illustration above shows the quality attributes that are marked by the unloader/receiver. If moisture tests are later available, then they are shown on the same form.

If a load does not pass visual inspection, or if the order or contract specifies it, a technical inspection is made. This involves a more thorough examination of a random sample of bales from the load. The results of the technical inspection are entered into the system.

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The following reports are available from the system:



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Links to other product categories: Simulation Interfaces , SCADA Interfaces , Roll Tracking , Pulp Tracking , Quality Control Systems