A sophisticated database has been created within the TranSend II database to provide a cross reference between various means used to identify characteristics. Complicated manufacturing operations often struggle with multiple naming conventions used to identify and locate characteristics targeted for measurement and testing. These can include simple descriptive labels or can be based on reference numbers tagged to engineering specifications, assembly documents or suppliers’ part numbers. This can get confusing as Engineering control numbers, Manufacturing operation numbers, Quality Control feature names, or Purchasing contract numbers may all reference the same thing, but are all controlled and understood differently.
It often becomes necessary to develop external manual references or spreadsheets and spend hours trying to keep up with the complexity. With TranSend II, when any of the names or labels used to identify a characteristic are called up, the advanced manufacturing data structure provides a reference to all the other names or labels associated with that characteristic. Once again, administrative time and effort are reduced and a significant source of error is eliminated. For example, this allows a non-conformance report to Manufacturing to reference the operation number, or to Purchasing to reference the contract number, or to Engineering to reference the control number.