I have finally been told that I so such an excellent job with our budget that are want to "think" about upgrading my inventory management system. I currently have a nice program set up but input is manual with people filling out paper to check things out. I keep chemicals and equipment on hand. I am going to shoot for the stars and even include an RFID system with software in this. Or I may have to simply just get a barcode system to work with my current database program.
Please fill out the survey at https://goo.gl/forms/3rNZh9NCwJNd1sHy1 or respond to the questions below by email. I will compile and share all answers received by form in a couple of weeks.
So I would like to know the following from each person willing to respond:
What type of system do you use for receiving items (not packages) for your stockroom?
How are items identified in your stockroom (just the name of the item, a stock # for each type of item you track, each item is tracked, etc)?
What type of identifier is on each item (barcode, RFID tag, just go by name, just go by stock # written where item is kept)?
How are items checked out to different courses or research labs (barcode or QR code reader in stockroom, barcode or QR reader on cell phone, paper, etc)?
How much did it cost to start to order the system?
Are there recurring costs? How much for each thing?
Does it track chemicals and other things?
How do you know how much to charge each research account?
How do you know how much each course checks out and spends to know how much to keep and how your budget is distributed?
How to you know when to order new items?
Where is all of the information for this stored (your computer, stockroom computer, the cloud, the college's electronic storage system, etc)?
Can you assign different accessing and editing abilities per person?
Can you input the hazards easily?
Can you customize reports?
Does it link to SDSs?
Can you store other documents in it?
Monique Wilhelm, M.S., NRCC Certified CHO
ACS D-CHAS Secretary|2017 CERM E. Ann Nalley Award Recipient
Laboratory Manager|Adjunct Lecturer|Chemistry Club Advisor
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry|University of Michigan-Flint
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