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July 8, 2016

BH Electronics Implements V5 Formula System

BH Electronics is a manufacturer of high frequency devices in the typical range of 20KHz to 1GHz. Their advanced products and capabilities have made them a major player in the High Frequency Magnetics market since 1967. BH Electronics has developed a series of standard and custom products for some of the world’s leading high-tech companies. Their engineering expertise, precision manufacturing and quality performance make them an industry leader in High Frequency Magnetics.

BH Electronics is located in Marshall, MN and their commitment to quality is proven with their ISO 9001 Quality System and decades of experience as a cost effective, high quality magnetics engineering and manufacturing company.

BH Electronics has developed an enviable customer base which has grown accustomed to consistent color, repeated from order to order. For this

Plastic Weighing & Batching

Plastic Weighing & Batching

reason, BH Electronics decided to invest in the V5 Formula System, for Batch Control & Lot Traceability, designed and manufactured by Matrix Controls.

BH Electronics needed to take their manual batching process with paper-based lot verification to the next level and automate the shop floor weighing operations without losing flexibility in the weighing room and dispensary.

Typically, operator errors in the weighing process and inaccuracies in lot control are usually not reflected in the paper trail – this can cause problems with accounting, inventory and purchasing in addition to the quality of the product from batch to batch. Batch weighing inaccuracy causes color concentrates to be different shades. BH Electronics required color concentrates to be 100% accurate – every time. They reached out to Matrix Controlsfor a proven solution

The Solution – V5 Formula System, for Batch Control & Lot Traceability

Once a manufacturing order has been created in the V5 Formula System, for Batch Control & Lot Traceability the Production Plan (number of batches, required batch size and production locations) and the BOM containing the recipe steps, weighing sequence and target weights is available at the operator workstation. The workstation consists of a V5 Touch Screen User Interface, Label Printer and Sartorius High Resolution Digital Balance with Breeze Break.

The V5 Touch Screen User Interface allows the Production Plan to be displayed using easy to follow screens. This eliminates paper schedules and prevents operators making incorrect or out of sequence formulations. After selecting the required formula, the operator follows simple screens which prompt for lot number of each color pigment. A speedometer display ensures the weighed items are portioned correctly and within tight, management set tolerances. The operator cannot weigh up too much or too little as the system will not accept out of tolerance weighing. This has a big impact on improving batch consistency and overall product quality – something that BH Electronics’ business model is dependent on.

‘Mistake Free’ Plastic Weighing & Batching

Electronic reports detailing which operator has weighed up the respective steps are available at the main PC, detailing the lot number and scaled amount. The Recipe Batch Report (COA) allows this visibility, detailing the exact amounts of each of the color pigments weighed into the batch. The V5 Formula System, for Batch Control & Lot Traceability has automated this process to ensure fast and accurate batch sign off of color concentrates.

To provide paperless lot traceability, the V5 Formula System, for Batch Control & Lot Traceability creates inventory usage data in real time (after each batch is complete) which are in turn used to deduct inventory. This improves inventory visibility, reduces man hours spend on data entry and saves time double handling data. In addition, the V5 System provides actual usage based on the scaling weights, instead of theoretical usage based on target weights. This allows accurate yields to be calculated which provides visibility for supplier inventory accuracy.

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