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PSL has revealed how WML Engineering has benefitted from adding the Time and Attendance module to its existing installation of Datatrack production and business administration software.

Jason Meir, co-director at WML Engineering, recognised the need to release time and resources to better manage the business and identify new customers.

As a result, the company invested in PSL’s Datatrack products and started to run the company with the software.

The company felt Datatrack had much to offer without requiring a huge investment in training and familiarisation.

As a result, new modules were added such as Shop Floor Data collection, estimating and the purchase invoice facility that seamlessly integrates with WML’s accounting package.

The Status Board feature was then acquired to give the company the ability to communicate data around the organisation effectively.

The latest addition is an integrated Time and Attendance module, which is an extension to the Shop Floor Data Collection module.

It provides WML with alternatives for data collection.

These are time and attendance only, with employee records available for analysis or export; time and attendance together with shop floor data collection analyse setting and production times independently by clocking on and off jobs and machines; standard post-event logging of shop floor data collection with independent analysis on recorded times for setting and production.

It offers extra analysis and records, contributing to overall improvements in efficiency and effectiveness in WML’s business.

Meir said: ‘It has disciplined the entire workforce to enter not only attendance but also shop floor data, which enables us to accurately collect production information, job costs and keep our scheduler up-to-date.

‘Our payroll company now needs only a simple e-mailed report straight from the system,’ he added.

Employee time and attendance is a vital element of cost control and productivity levels so the addition of the Time and Attendance function provides reliable statistics.

Data input can be provided using keyboard and mouse, barcode reader or touch-screen as well as a mixture of all, depending on equipment available or desirable.

A supervisor module is also available for editing and correction of input and it contains a full reporting system.

The Time and Attendance module can also be integrated with the Status Board display system to provide real-time displays of attendance, progress and action.

Overall, the Time and Attendance module provides WML with security and control over employee attendance and shop floor progress while also minimising the administration costs and time traditionally associated with manual recording and control over employees’ activities on the shop floor.

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