Inventory Movements

Receiving / Coating / Receipts
Once all data has been captured for all joints being received, we process those into Inventory.  From this point forward all movements of individual pieces of pipe require the tallyman to scan the location it is being moved from, the location it is being moved to and the Womble assigned bar code and we record the movement detail of that unique serialized piece of pipe in our system.
 
When the pipe is scheduled to coat, we follow the exact same process for moving the pipe to the blaster (when required) to remove the mill lacquer from the OD of the pipe.  Prior to the pipe being blasted, the tallyman captures the stencil information (manually written down on the Heat sheet) and he then scans the bare serial number and verifies the length and heat number associated to that specific piece of pipe in our system against the actual mill stencil information that is on the joint.  Again, the detailed pipe movements are recorded in our system.  Once pipe has been blasted the stencil is reapplied to the joint and it is now ready to move to the plant to coat or to a staging location near the plant.
 
When the Work Order is ready to coat, the process for moving the pipe is exactly the same and the detailed information is captured in our system.  Once the pipe has been physically loaded on the inbound rack and before it is placed onto the production line, a final measurement and verification of the length and heat number occurs.  The inbound operator then scans the Work Order, the “bare” serial number (WIS#) and the system generates a unique sequence number that is assigned systemically to that specific joint.  This sequence number is manually recorded in the ID of the joint using a Yellow Paint pen.  This sequence number can never be duplicated for this specific work order that is being processed.   The joint is then placed on the coating line and continues through the coating process.  In the event the joint is rejected or kicked out for any reason, (midline or at the end of the coating line) we scan the bar code and generate a new “bare” serial label that retains the original “bare” serial number (WIS#) and apply it to the ID of the joint.  When this occurs, the quality control person then marks a single line thru the original sequence number that was associated to this “bare” serial number (WIS#) and applies a reason code (when required).  This signifies to anyone that inspects this joint at a later date/time that the joint had been in the plant and was kicked out during the coating process.  When the coating process is complete and there are no issues, the operator scans the bar code or enters the sequence number and all properties of the “bare” item (manufacturer, length, grade, heat number) are inherited to the new, “coated” serial number; the coated serial label (WPS#) prints and is applied to the ID of the pipe. 
 
The joint is then scanned from the completion rack to an hourly truck for movement to the storage location.  Once the product arrives at the storage location, it is scanned from the truck to that specific location.  At this point we have complete traceability from the time of receipt through the coating process and put away. 
 
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