Helping Customers Solve Problems - Element ID

Helping Customers Solve Problems

We are experts in applying technology to help customers solve problems. We also happen to know a lot about finance and operations and what the best practices are. Rather than start with products or even solutions, we believe it is best to begin at the beginning!

What problem are you trying to solve?
or
What aspect of your business are you trying to improve?

As we engage with you, we try to understand your business and what your goals are. Once we understand the problem, we can begin to talk about solutions. Finally, we get to a point where we can talk about the right hardware, software, and services to create the solution that gets the results you want at a price point that makes sense.

A couple things you should know:

  1. The “best” solution is different for every business. There is a spectrum of solutions available.
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    • At one extreme, we automate everything and you do not need to change any process, create any new business rules, or retrain any personnel. This costs a lot and no one implements this solution once they measure the return on investment (ROI).
    • At the other extreme, we minimize the project costs and you must adapt, create several new business rules, and retrain your workforce. No one does this either because the internal costs drag down the ROI.
    • The solution is always in between. We work with you to find out which part of the spectrum maximizes the project ROI for your company. Our combination of expertise in automation, technology, finance, and operations makes us unique in our ability to help you get from “problem” to “products“.
  2. The “hammer” guy is going to tell you that you need nails and not screws whether that is true or not. You’ve heard it before and it is true that a vendor is going to tell you that the products they carry are the best. Element ID has experience in barcodes, RFID, data entry appliances, scales, dimensioners, data capture devices, you name it. While we admit to being biased about the brands of products we sell, another competitive advantage we have is the wide array of tools we can use to meet your needs. We are broad based in the technology we apply and will not steer you to the wrong technology because we don’t sell the right one. We work with you to find the best technology to solve your problem and increase the ROI of your project.
    Helping Customers Solve Problems

In order to get these two things right, it is essential to understand your business goals first. Use the guide of common problems below to start the process or email us to begin the conversation that will get you the results you need!

Find your problem in the lists below.

Improving Manufacturing Efficiency

  • How can I increase gross margin?
  • How can I boost manufacturing efficiency?
  • How can I improve this process?
  • How can I automatically link product weight with type?
  • How can I automatically link product dimensions with type?
  • How can I verify a product is barcoded or RFID tagged properly?
  • How do I automatically link barcode and RFID data?
  • How do I get production data into my ERP system?

Cutting Inventory Carrying Costs

  • How do I reduce double ordering?
  • How can I stop misplacing so much inventory?
  • How can I cut shrinkage?
  • How can I reduce spoilage?
  • How can I keep track of the products we have in house?

Improving the Shipping Process

  • How can I reduce shipping fines?
  • How can I improve shipment accuracy?
  • How can I reduce the time it takes to pick and ship?
  • How can I streamline the picking process?
  • How can I move to paperless shipping?
  • How can I cut labor costs in my shipping department?

Cutting Warehouse Management Costs

  • How can I track everything I have in the warehouse in real time?
  • How can I cut inventory management costs?
  • How can I find my inventory faster?
  • How do I reduce cycle counting time and cost?
  • How can I track inventory at another warehouse?
  • How do I reconcile production output vs warehouse stock reporting?
  • How can I streamline the picking process?
  • How do I fix errors between staging-to-ship and actual shipping?
  • How do I reduce paperwork in the warehouse?
  • How can I get data on what is in stock into my ERP system so I can better plan production?

Efficient Labor Management

  • How can I accurately assign labor cost to a job or project?
  • How do I reduce the time employees spend clocking in and out?
  • How do I get my time clock data into my ERP system for less money?
  • How can I track which employees are the most efficient?
  • How can I get data to improve scheduling?
  • How can I get data to forecast how long a job will take?

Reducing Asset Tracking Costs

  • How can I comply with Sarbanes-Oxley for less money?
  • How can I know where my valuable equipment is?
  • How do I reduce asset inventory time and cost?
  • How do I know where my leased inventory is?
  • How do I know what leased inventory should be here?
  • How do I find in-stock inventory more efficiently?
  • How do I get my asset data into my ERP system?

Recipe Enforcement

  • How can I improve quality by assuring the right recipe has been followed?
  • How can I reduce waste/scrap?
  • How can I meet my continuous improvement goals?
  • How can I protect my profit margin?

Improving Tool Management

  • How can I manage my tool or fixture inventory?
  • How do I know where tools are?
  • How do I monitor tool usage?
  • How can I improve my preventive maintenance plan?
  • How can I link specific tooling to a particular job to prevent errors?

Traceability

  • How can I serialize my production output?
  • How can I get full traceability on my products?
  • How do I reduce FDA fines and/or improve compliance at a lower cost?
  • How do I reduce EPA fines and/or improve compliance at a lower cost?
  • How do I lessen the impact of a recall?
  • How do I reduce the cost of preparing for a recall?
  • How do I reduce the cost of full traceability?
  • How can I use traceability as a competitive advantage?

Enhanced Customer Service and Warranty Management

  • How can I capture the production data I need for better customer service?
  • How can I reduce the cost of generating warranty records?
  • How can I automatically track service history for a product?
  • How can I track the warehouses, distributors, and retailers a product went through to get to market?
  • How can I capture data to better manage my sales channels?
  • How can I reduce the cost of figuring out whether a product is under warranty?

Authenticating your Product

  • How do I reduce counterfeiting?
  • How can I reliably authenticate my products?
  • How can I capture data to better manage my sales channels?

Finance and Management

  • How do I boost Gross Margin?
  • How can I improve inventory turns?
  • How can I cut the cost of regulatory compliance?
  • How can I reduce stock outs to boost sales?
  • How do I cut production time to increase capacity with the infrastructure I have?
  • How can I measure the true cost of a product?
  • How can I efficiently implement activity based costing?
  • How can I measure the actual labor cost of project?
  • How do I get data to hold manufacturing accountable?
  • How do I get labor data into my existing ERP system?
  • How do I get inventory data into my existing ERP system?
  • How do I get manufacturing data into my existing ERP system?

Planning

  • How can I get better data about what is in stock so I order more efficiently?
  • How do I get data to improve MRP?
  • How do I get accurate cost data to help with pricing decisions?
  • How do I get accurate data to better estimate lead times?
  • How can I get accurate inventory data to compare with sales forecasts to improve production scheduling?
  • How can I match actual production output vs plan on a real-time basis?