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In use in some of the largest automotive platers, coaters, and chemical suppliers in North America.

* The best Tool to help Achieve ISO 9002/ QS 9000 / ISO 14000 *

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Labworks - Finishing / QC is designed for use in an industrial plating environment. The software addresses the problem of not being able to get up-to-the-minute production and quality control information. Also it provides a means to chart, store, correlate, analyze and retrieve data in a fast and reliable manner. Internal and external (customer) reports can be generated with ease and accuracy. 20 years in development, tried and tested in an industrial setting, LabWorks - Finishing / QC has proven to be an effective management and presentation tool.

The application described in this document was created to meet the needs of specific finishing companies. All options, data entered, graphs, printouts, etc. can be modified to suit your company's needs. New options can also be developed and added to any Labworks application.

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NEWS

    Labworks Finishing 2015 Has been Released.

MAIN PROGRAM FEATURES

bulletNo Endless Payments, Purchase and it's yours
bulletNo Annual Maintenance Fees
bulletNo Extra Charges For Number of Users
bulletNo Reasonable Phone Support Fees
bulletThis is not "Canned Software"
bulletSections of the software can be tailored to fit your specific needs
bulletNew Ideas / Sections can be developed
bulletProduction Line(s) Information
bulletSupports up to 5 Separate Plating Lines
bulletTank Records
bulletTank Name, Description
bulletTank Number, Order in the Production Line
bulletTank Volume in Gal & Liters
bulletLab ID
bulletTank Makeup
bulletTank Notes
bulletTank Revisions showing date/time, revision of changes to the tank
bulletReading / Analysis Information (upper/nominal/lower limits) of Readings tracked
bulletUp to 25 separate reading types can be entered and graphed per tank, each having their own upper, nominal, and lower limits. (For example you may want to track the following readings for a bright nickel tank: Nickel Sulphate, LIQ Nickel Chloride, Boric Acid, BNA, BN10/DZ100, pH, Temp. This still leaves room to track more reading types.)
bulletAccess to Various Lab Analysis Reports and Graphs
bulletDisplay all lab analysis and data entered on a given day, formula, or tank
bulletLab Analysis & Addition Calculating
bulletFully Customizable Chemical Formulas
bulletYou can write your own chemistry including making any changes to factors, full control over how it calculates.
bullet4 inputs and 4 outputs for a total of 8 pieces of cartable data per formula (vs 6 of Labworks - Plating)
bulletA different Upper, Optimal/Nominal, and Lower per line of the formula vs 1 per formula
bulletA single formula can call for multiple chemical additions
bulletSetup formulas for all your various things you analyze and the specifics of how calculations are made. For example; Chromic Acid Concentration, Chrome Surface Tension, TriNi Surface Tension, Coumarin/Perflow, Acid Concentrations, Nickel Sulphate, Nickel Chloride, Copper's, Cyanides, Sulphur, Ductility, pH, DC1, BNA, Fluid Flows, Amperages/Voltages, Temperatures, Etc.
bulletCalculates Chemical Additions / Recommendations
bulletAs readings are entered into the system the chemical additions are saved in a "Daily Add Sheet" that can be modified before printing. Selected readings can be moved to a "On Hold addsheet" There is also a notepad included that can store up to 20 pages of information.
bulletInput Guard displays numbers +-20% of average input as possible errors. Helps when employees enter "56" for a pH that should of been "5.6."
bulletFull SPC Graphing of all data
bulletEach tank reading entered produces up to six graphable items. (For example when entering a chrome concentration reading you enter the titration and sulphate levels. This produces six graphable items: titration, sulphate, concentration, chrome ratio, addition of chrome, +/- Sulphate.)
bulletQuality Control Information, and Physical Testing
bulletLayer Thicknesses
bulletSome of the recorded information includes:  Date, Time, Part Number, Lot Number, Code , Section, Serial Number / ID, Layers (for example - Bright, Semi Bright, Chrome, Copper,) Adhesion, Notes, etc. Calculates total plate thickness, total nickel thickness, and semi-bright ratio.
bulletThe Parts Specifications are shown beside each reading entry
bulletS.T.E.P., TRI-S.T.E.P or Durni-S.T.E.P.
bulletSome of the recorded information includes: Date, Time, Part Number, Line Number, Semi Number, Section Number, Serial Number / ID, BN-SBN, BN-HSA, MPN-BN, and Corrective Action / Notes
bulletThe Parts Specifications are shown beside each reading entry
bulletMicro Pours Chrome Count
bulletSome of the recorded information includes: Date, Time, Part Number, Line Number, Section Number, Serial Number / ID, Reading, Test Type, and Corrective Action / Notes
bulletC.A.S.S. Cabinet & Parts
bulletSome of the recorded information includes: Date & Time the test started, and ended, Test cabinet #, Part,  Notes, Serial / ID Number. Cass Cabinet Readings (pH, Salt Concentration, Tower Temp, Tower Pressure, Cabinet Temp Wet & Dry, Solution Collectors 1-4, Adv of collectors & Adv Per Hour, etc.)
bulletThe CASS Cabinet Readings screen has a tab "Parts in Process" that shows all the information and elapsed duration of the parts in the CASS Cabinet
bulletSupports over 44hr tests, and tests to fail that return a pass after the required hrs.
bulletThe CASS Parts Screen has a tab to show all readings taken on the CASS Cabinet while the part was in process
bulletPrints Cass Test Certifications
bulletSupports multiple testing cabinets
bulletSalt Spray Cabinet & Parts
bulletSome of the recorded information includes: Date & Time the test started and ended, number of hours,  Test cabinet #, Part,  Notes, Serial / ID Number, Produced Date & Time, Log Number, Sets of Checks with % White, % Red, and Result. Cabinet Readings (pH, Salt Concentration, Tower Temp, Tower Pressure, Cabinet Temp Wet & Dry, Solution Collectors 1-4, Adv of collectors & Adv Per Hour, etc.)
bulletThe Salt Spray Cabinet Readings screen has a tab "Parts in Process" that shows all the information and elapsed duration of the parts in the Salt Spray Cabinet
bulletThe Salt Spray Parts Screen has a tab to show all readings taken on the Salt Spray Cabinet while the part was in process
bulletPrints Salt Spray Certifications
bulletSupports multiple testing cabinets
bulletHumidity Cabinet & Parts
bulletSome of the recorded information includes: Date & Time the test started and ended, number of hours,  Test cabinet #, Part,  Notes, Serial / ID Number, Produced Date & Time, Log Number, Sets of Checks with % White, % Red, and Result.  Cabinet Readings (Tower Temp, Tower Pressure, Cabinet Temp Wet & Dry, Solution Collectors 1-4, Adv of collectors & Adv Per Hour, etc.)
bulletThe Humidity Cabinet Readings screen has a tab "Parts in Process" that shows all the information and elapsed duration of the parts in the Humidity Cabinet
bulletThe Humidity Parts Screen has a tab to show all readings taken on the Humidity Cabinet while the part was in process
bulletPrints Salt Spray Certifications
bulletSupports multiple testing cabinets
bulletPrinting of Q/A Certifications
bulletGenerate a complete "Quality Assurance Certification" for a customer's part. The printed form is suitable to fax or mailed to your customer
bulletSupports Direct e-mail to customers quality contact
bulletPrint a single sheet certification, or a table of 50 per sheet
bulletExport data to Excel
bulletExport data directly to a HTML
bulletLab Instruments Inventory
bulletSome of the recorded information includes: Name of the Instrument, Lab ID, Model Number, Serial Number, Location, Calibration Setup Information (up to 4 definable entries with spec limits and units, Internal & External calibration frequency), Service / Repair Information, Notes
bulletCalibration / Standardization / Service Logs
bulletAllows you to keep track of and schedule calibrations of items in the Lab Instruments section
bulletGage R&R Studies
bulletFast and simple, enter all your data and get a complete Gage R&R
bulletLab chemical / or other expiration date tracking
bulletExpiry Date tracking
bulletSPC Graph, Chart, View, Modify, Add, Delete, Analyze, Correlate and Print information
bulletX Bar & R Charts, Histograms, and C Charts
bulletVarious full color graphs can be produced including: X Bar, R Charts, and Histograms.
bulletGraph up to 300 readings.
bulletSelect the start & end dates to graph, and other parameters, or just tell it you want to graph the last say 30 days.
bulletSample sizes from one (Graphing individuals) to ten can be set, and changed while the graph is on the screen.
bulletThe raw data can viewed in a spreadsheet like display, or printed.
bulletAll graph controls are easily accessible through a pull down menu system.
bulletThe displayed graph is fully interactive. When a point on the graph is clicked, a status window will pop up containing all data on the selected point. Information displayed includes calculations on the reading Vs the graph's control limits, the individual readings in the sample, a 3D Graph of the individual reading in the sample, etc.
bulletWhen viewing the histogram, You can overlay the X-chart, and change the number of "segments" used on the fly.
bulletYou can enter further notes on any point on the graph. Notes can optionally be displayed on the graph. a Auto Notes option will display a note on any reading out of the control limits.
bulletCombinations of the graph and data (readings or SPC Info) can be printed.
bulletSave graphs to disk for importing in to other applications like presentations, fax software, etc.
bulletAuto scales to graph data & control limits, and can optionally scale to specification limits.
bulletCapability Study information; Upper Limit, Upper Spec. Limit, Lower Limit, Lower Spec. Limit, zLCL, zUCL, Cp, Cpk, Cr, Pp, Ppk, Pr, Runs over seven, +3o, -3o, 6o, o, SD, SD(n-1), R/D2, etc. are calculated. This information can be displayed on screen, or can be optionally printed with the graph.
bulletThe Cp. Cpk, CR, +3o,-3o,6o,o can be calculated using one of three calculations; standard deviation, standard drviation(n-1), or the estimate formula of R/D2(SampleSize)
bulletFor Cp, Cpk, and CR a message is displayed explaining the results of the figures displayed.
bulletGraph math, You can type math equations into the graph like "UCL-SAMPE/2" Some of the Pre-set variables that you can use are: LSL, USL, ZLSL, ZUSL, LCL, UCL, SIGMA, AVG, HIGH, LOW, CPK, CR, CP, MR, SAMPLE, RANGE, as well as all math functions like COS(), TAN(), etc.
bulletcan also calculate Ppk, etc.
bulletShow Max/Min Lines will plot the Max and Min points of each sample on the Chart, this helps highlight samples that may not have all their individual readings within spec.
bulletGraphing conforms to "Basic Statistical Process Control, Automotive Technology" by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Technology.
bulletDirect Data Graphing
bulletThis allows you to enter up to 300 readings, or 30 Samples into a table for graphing
bulletThe name of the chart, limits, and data entered can be saved & later recalled, added to, or re-graphed.
bulletCustomer Information
bulletCustomer Records
bulletCustomer Name & Number
bulletBill to / Ship to Addresses
bulletPurchasing, Production, Quality, General Manager Contact Information with Name, Phone Number, Cell Phone Number, Fax Number, and E-mail Address
bulletMulti-page Notes
bulletCustomer Part Information
bulletPart Information Records
bulletIncoming Part Name, Out Going Part Name, and Part Description
bulletAll information can be viewed by any of the three items above
bulletFinish Type
bulletLength, Width, Depth, Surface Area, Finished Surface Area
bulletPcs / Pack, Pack Weight, Part Weight
bulletProcedure Instructions (Inspection, Packing, Racking, Assembly, and Polishing)
bulletPcs / Rack, Racks / Bar, and Rack Available
bulletRack Storage Information (Rack ID, Rack Group, and Rack Location)
bulletPart Size, Weight, Finished Area
bulletBlueprint Reference and Location
bulletSpecification Codes, Revision Date, and Frequency of Testing
bulletSpecifications on Layer thicknesses, Cass, Step, MPCC, etc.
bulletReference Picture, with built in JPG Compression Wizard and picture adjustment tools
bulletObserved Racking, Polishing, and Inspection Timings.
bullet"Bottleneck" Time and Description
bulletBuffing/Polishing Resources (Manual/Automatic)
bulletRecipe Number
bulletPricing
bulletPart Name Change Revision History stores the old part number, discontinued date, and initials (up to 15 revisions)
bulletVarious Printouts
bulletWork Instructions
bulletFull Page Part Picture
bulletPart List & Information
bulletSupplier Information
bulletSupplier Records
bulletName and Number
bulletAddress
bulletAccount Number, Net Days, Require Requisition number >$
bulletSales, Service / Support, and Other Contact Information with Name, Phone Number, Cell Phone Number, Fax Number, and E-mail Address
bulletWeb Address
bulletISO 9002 / QS 9000 Approval Information (Supplier Level, Last Assessment Date for Quality, Price, Delivery, Approval and Initials, Delivery Rating, and Quality Rating, Products and services they are approved to supply, etc)
bulletProcedure / Work Instruction Storage
bulletChemical Formulas
bulletSome of the recorded information includes: Date & Time, Revision Level, Name, Number, Effective Date, and Multi-page Instruction
bulletTest Instruction/Procedures
bulletSome of the recorded information includes: Date & Time, Revision Level, Name, Number, Effective Date, and Multi-page Instruction
bulletCustomer Issue Tracking
bulletProblem Solving Discipline (8D) Forms
bulletSome of the recorded information includes: Date & Time, Customer, Contact, Reference Number, Job Number, Team Leader, Team Members, Problem, Interim Solution, Root Cause, Verification of Root Cause, Corrective Action, Long Term Corrective Action, Verification of Long Term Corrective Action, Issue Open/Closed, Date, Initials
bulletRMA Tracking
bulletSome of the recorded information includes:
bulletProcess Control Information
bulletProcess Flow
bulletStandard Form with Up to 500 Steps/Lines
bulletColor code lines
bulletProcess / Design / Pre-Launch Control Plan
bulletStandard Form with Up to 500 Steps/Lines
bulletColor code lines
bulletProcess / Design / Pre-Launch FMEA
bulletStandard Form with Up to 500 Steps/Lines
bulletColor code lines
bulletMeetings Action Plans
bulletSome of the recorded information includes: Facilitator, Date, Description, Attendance, 500 Issue Action Plan (Item number, Action Plan Item, Status, Comments, Responsibility, Date, Issue Open/Closed)
bulletQuality System  Information
bulletDaily Corrective Action Log
bulletSome of the recorded information includes: Date & Time, Reference Number,  Root Cause, Action Taken, Responsibility, Issue Open/Closed, Repeating Issue, Verification Date and Initials
bulletContinuous Improvement Log
bulletSome of the recorded information includes: Date & Time, Reference Number, Issue, Department, Area Effected, Responsibility, Tracking Method, Particulars, Tracking Analysis, Stage / Completed, Comments / Notes, Issue Open/Closed, Preventative Actions, Mistake Proofing
bulletDocument Review Dates, and Revision Tracking
bulletQuality Alerts
bulletRMA Tracking
bullet8D Problem Solving Discipline
bulletEnvironmental Information
bulletMSDS Information and Expiry Tracking
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bulletEnvironmental Aspects & Impacts
bulletUp to 500 Steps/Lines
bulletColor code lines
bulletExport to HTML
bulletEnvironmental Management Program
bulletUp to 500 Steps/Lines
bulletColor code lines
bulletExport to HTML
bulletHazard Identification and  Reporting
bulletEnvironmental Incident Report
bulletSome of the recorded information includes: Date & Time, Reference Number, Line/Area, Tank/Location, Main Product, Identified By, Form Completed By, Production Loss in Bars/Racks, Form Completed By, Labor Hrs, Costs associated (Chemical, Treatment, Clean-Up, Misc), Description, Actions Taken, Recommendations, Issue Open/Closed, Initials
bulletPrints various graphs and reports based either on cost or # of issues, or both (for example, Day of Week, Month of Year, Location of Incident, Line / Area, Main Product)
bulletEnvironmental Expiry Dates
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bulletEffluent (Waste Treatment) Reports
bulletSome of the recorded information includes: Date & Time, Reference Number,  Type (grab/comp), Location, Eight Readings, Description, Cleaner Pit, Actions Taken, Recommendations, Warning Limits, Alert Limits, Initials
bulletflag non-conformances, warning levels, and total by non-conformance and day.
bulletPrint Effluent non-conformance & warning forms
bulletVarious graphs
bulletNoise Level Monitoring
bulletSome of the recorded information includes: Date & Time, Reference Number,  Location, Low Db Reading, High Db Reading, Corrective Action / Notes, Initials.
bulletPEFMEA (Potential Environmental Failure Mode & Effects Analysis)
bulletUp to 500 Steps/Lines
bulletColor code lines
bulletExport to HTML
bulletMaintenance Scheduling Sections
bulletMaintenance Procedures
bulletSome of the recorded information includes: Date & Time, Revision Level, Name, Number, Effective Date, and Multi-page Instruction
bulletWork Request System
bulletIssue Work Requests, and Track Maintenance Jobs
bulletWeekend Maintenance Jobs
bulletList of Maintenance jobs that you can then build a weekend maintenance list from
bulletSolution Treatment Scheduling
bulletMechanical Maintenance Scheduling
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bulletElectrical Maintenance Scheduling
bulletGeneral Maintenance Scheduling
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bulletBar Maintenance Scheduling
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bulletBottom Sweeps
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bulletRack Maintenance Records
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bulletOther Equipment Maintenance Scheduling
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bulletTank Cleaning Scheduling
bulletItems entered here also appear on the tanks maintenance tab
bulletUpcoming Events
bulletDisplays all scheduled items in all sections in reverse chronological order
bulletDocument Revision Control System
bulletMost printouts in the software you can specify your document control information
bulletPrintouts show your company name at the top, and Revision Level, Date, Originator name, Approval name, and Form number.
bulletIf the information is left black the form number states that it is an "Uncontrolled Document"
bulletExtra Options
bulletBackup / Restore Data
bulletPerforms a "Quick" compressed backup to the Hard disk (used daily) or optionally backup to any storage device (floppy disks, Zip Disks, Network Drive.) Complete with a backup manager, and information
bulletProgram Changes Information
bulletDisplays program update information or additional information on enhancements on new versions installed
bulletApplication Usage Log
bulletLogs Program events (Items added, modified, deleted, and in some cases printed)
bulletRecords the date, time, elapsed time, username, reference number, action preformed, and Item / Description
bulletUpon Login / Logoff Records the Workstation ID, Location and Description of the computer being used to access the application
bulletDisplays various graphs (Number of log items per user, type of log entries, day of week totals, hr of day totals)
bulletDisplay a single users entries, or only log entries with a specific phrase
bulletThis allows the production manager, or other staff to monitor options used in the application and the time it is taking users to enter reports / data
bulletYou can purge the system log completely, or keep only the last week, last two weeks, last month, etc.
bulletProgram Version Information
bulletDisplays the current software version, Registered Company, and serial number
bulletShow System Information
bulletDisplays complete information on the system, database engine, and network. Performs version checking of the various custom controls that the application uses
bulletUser Access Setup
bulletAllows the software administrator to setup user accounts with various access rights
bulletFour Levels of security for each section View, Add, Modify, and Full (Delete.)
bulletSupports over 100 defined users
bulletGeneral Features
bulletUnique part handling system
bullet View reports based on the Incoming name, Outgoing Name, or Description.
bulletEasily Email Tech Support Questions, Backups, and Logs from the main menu
bulletOn menu, and screen calendar
bulletA date can be painted one of several colors, and a note can be entered
bulletOne key programmable unit conversion on quantity fields (e.g. Pounds <>Kilograms, Gallons <>Letters Inches of Solution to Pounds, etc.)
bulletTested and running for over nine years in more then one industrial finishing company.
bulletNetwork Compatible, supporting Windows XP and up
bulletCan be used on a stand-alone unit or data entry / display workstations can be placed in key locations on the plant floor / finishing line.
bulletCut, Copy, Paste to / from any application
bulletThe program pre-fills all date fields with the current date. All entered, or modified dates are verified to be existing calendar dates. The user can also select a date from an on screen calendar, or press various keys; "Y" Yesterday, "N" Now/Today, "T" Tomorrow, etc.
bulletTo make the task of entering data easier and training time less, a similar format is used in all sections of the program. All reports consist of a form that is filled with previous data, or is blank into which you view or enter new data, and a set of buttons. The buttons always have the same features and are 'VCR Like.' for example "|<" "<", ">", ">|" ,"ADD", "EDIT", "FIND", etc.

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LABWROKS - FINISHING USED BY:

Flex-N-Gate, Iona, Michigan

A.G. Simpson Co., Oshawa, Ontario

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Athena Protective Coatings Inc., Etobicoke, Ontario

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Autotek Electro-Plating Inc., Etobicoke, Ontario

A.G. Simpson Co., Sterling Heights, Michigan

LABWORKS - PLATING USED BY:

Waterloo Furniture Components, Kitchener, Ontario

Rustshield Plating Plant 1 & 2, Windsor, Ontario.

Dura-Chrome, Wallaceburg, Ontario.

Harley-Davidson, York, PA

Delta Faucet Canada, London, Ontario.

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Chromeshield Co., Windsor, Ontario

Supreme Bumper, Toledo, Ohio.

A.G. Simpson Co., Oshawa, Ontario.

A.G. Simpson Co., Sterling Heights, Michigan

Meridian Automotive Systems (formerly American Bumper), Iona, Michigan

 

Atotech Canada ltd, Burlington, Ontario.

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Athena Protective Coatings Inc., Mississauga, Ontario

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Autotek Electro-Plating Inc., Rexdale, Ontario

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Dovercourt Electro-Plating Co. Ltd., Toronto, Ontario

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Olympic, Toronto, Ontario

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A.G.S. Sterling Heights, Michigan

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MacDermid Inc, Waterbury, Connecticut

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MacDermid Inc, Michigan

 

Walt Industries

Taylor, Michigan

Chrome Craft Corp.

Highland Park, Michigan

A.W.K. Industrial Coatings, Chatham, Ontario

L.D.McCauley Inc.

L.D.McCauley Inc, Orchard Park, New York

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EXAMPLE PICTURES OF THE APPLICATION:

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Software Menus: (Some options are different / some customers have more items, The following data is factious)

 

 

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E-Mail:   at: andrew@softwareartist.com

By Mail: The Software Artist Limited, 195 Ellis Street, Chatham, Ontario, Canada, N7L 2L9

By Phone: 519-784-7176

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