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Elliott Time Clock Processing:  Generic / Work Order Plus


Did you know that there is a Time Clock Processing function in Elliott?  The Time Clock Processing function was introduced in Elliott V7.5.  It was added because we needed to be able to track real time labor costs in Work Order Plus. While we were at it, we implemented two versions: one that was specific for Work Order Plus to keep track of operators, work orders and operations; and another version that simply tracks the user entering and leaving the office, just as a physical time clock would do for all employees. Not a lot of users are aware that a generic time clock system exists in Elliott as a standard feature since its inception in Elliott 7.5.

The Elliott generic time clock is simple to set up and use.  Instead of tracking time using the Elliott user ID, the time clock system tracks by Operator ID.  Each employee in the company is set up as an Operator.  In the Operator file setup feature, we allow you to optionally specify the Employee ID so the time clock data can interface with the Elliott Payroll Module. Because we know that many Elliott users utilize a third-party payroll processor, we also support exporting time clock data to a CSV file so it can be easily integrated with a third-party payroll processor, such as ADP.
 
The Time Clock Processing function really shines when you start to use it with the Work Order Plus module.  The Time Clock system in Work Order Plus can be further broken down into three versions:

* Tracking Time by Work Order: This is mostly for a shop foreman reporting to the time clock system when a work order operation starts and ends.
* Tracking Time by Work Center: This is mostly for the assembly line worker signing in and out of a work center.  To simplify the user interface, an assembly line work order does not need to report against the work order. The time is calculated and shared automatically by the work order that’s processed through the work center.  
* Tracking Time by Department: This is mostly for a foreman who is in charge of multiple CNC machines. Usually, each CNC machine is set up as a work center.  A group of CNC machines is set up as a department.  The time of the foreman in charge of the department is shared among multiple work orders processed by the department.

Unlike the legacy Shop Floor Control and Labor Performance Module, in which you have to manually report the labor information operation by operation, Work Order Plus makes collecting of labor information much easier than before through the new Time Clock System. If you are still using the Shop Floor Control and Labor Performance module, we suggest that you look into our new Work Order Plus.

If you are not a manufacturer, we recommend that you look at our generic Time Clock System, which is a standard feature in Elliott versions 7.5 and later.  To learn more about this Elliott feature, call us at 909-598-9019 or e-mail us at sales@netcellent.com. We look forward to speaking with you!

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Elliott Business Software Version 8 – Improved Security

The developers of Elliott Version 8 improved system security by moving all programs and executable files to the BIN folder and sub folders.  For example, Elliott V8 does not read and execute any programs from the <root> or PROGRAMS sub folder.  Because of this, we only need to grant minimum rights to users for the Elliott <root> directory. This greatly simplifies the NTFS configuration in order to secure Elliott V8. Elliott <root> folder refers to the location on your computer where Elliott V8 is installed, such as “M:\Ellliott8.”

The following table illustrates the suggested user NTFS rights to Elliott V8 folders and files.  It may look complicated, but it is actually much simpler than Elliott V7.  Keep in mind that Elliott V8 must be backward compatible with Elliott V7.  If you are running Elliott V7 and V8 side by side, then you can’t apply the security suggestions below because that will render Elliott V7 inoperable.

Before you tie down the NTFS security to your Elliott folder, make sure your PSQL engine’s security is set to “mixed” mode, which means the user does not need to have NTFS rights to a file before he/she can access that PSQL database file.  By configuring the PSQL engine to use “mixed” mode security, you can eliminate the user’s read/modify rights from the DATA folder and greatly enhance your database security.

Following this table are sample screens showing how to grant “Traverse/List Folder,” “Modify” and “Read/Execute” rights.
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NETcellent System, Inc., in Walnut, California, is a leading provider of Accounting, Business Management, e-Commerce/e-Business, and EDI software solutions for businesses.
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