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What our clients say ...

Capita plc Financial, Insurance and Business Management Services  
P&Q client: Capita
Q>TAR has been in place for over twenty five years and has been used as our time recording system for monitoring staff attendance, sickness and holidays. The data captured has been instrumental in ensuring there has been sufficient oversight of the company's staff utilisation across its operation.
During this time, there have been minimal issues with the software in terms of reliability and ease of data access. The hardware, as it has aged, has shown an expected level of reliability, with any fix on fail requirements dealt with efficiently under the annual maintenance agreement.
All in all, the use of Q>TAR has continuously satisfied the needs of the company, and the service provided by P & Q International has been very satisfactory.”
(Tim Sill of Capita plc)

Cadbury (Ireland) (Manufacturer of Confectionery products)  
P&Q client: Cadbury Ireland
“We employ approximately 1400 employees between two plants in Ireland. We have been using QTAR since 1987 and operate it in both these plants. Our shift patterns are very variable. The staff at P&Q are always very helpful.”
(Catherine Murphy of Cadbury (Ireland))

Monarch Aircraft Engineering (Aircraft servicing & repairs) 
P&Q client: Monarch Aircraft Engineering
“We installed QTAR in 1991. It revolutionised our whole system of doing the payroll. QTAR is reliable and flexible and P&Q are always ready to help, they respond very fast.”
(Pat Thomas of Monarch Aircraft Engineering Ltd)

Goodyear Dunlop (world's largest tyre manufacturer)    
P&Q client: Goodyear Dunlop
“At the Wolverhampton site, the rules for calculating employees' gross pay are incredibly complicated, depending on a multitude of factors such as the type of work, when they are working compared with their normal shift, the reason for the overtime or shift swap and even how dirty the work is! So QTAR has to be used to calculate the gross pay for each period of work. The supervisors approve and record reasons for overtime, shift swaps and absences during the shift, directly into the system, which has streamlined the process enormously.”
(Audrey Woolvin of Goodyear Dunlop)

Caparo Precision Tubes (Manufacturer of Steel tubing)       
P&Q client: Caparo Precision Tubes
“We first installed QTAR in 1991. We have found QTAR extremely flexible - it can do anything you require of it. Day-to-day operations are simple. It rarely goes wrong or gives us trouble. The Support team is well-informed and comprehensive. P & Q have kept their focus squarely on T & A - they simply have to be good at it.”
(Bob Sharratt of Caparo Tubing)

Crown Cork and Seal (International packaging company)    
P&Q client: Crown Cork and Seal
“We've had QTAR installed for quite a few years, and we find it to be a good program. P&Q are very friendly and helpful. If I have a problem or question they are always ready to assist me.”
(Christine Wathan of Crown Cork and Seal)

Unisys Insurance Services (Administering Life Insurance schemes)    
P&Q client: Unisys Insurance Services
“We have been using QTAR since 1991. We have a flexitime system with complex flexible working time requirements. It is largely self-administered (within the rules configured into the system) by the 1,500 employees. A competing system was installed and then rejected, since it was unable to cope with our requirements.”
(Julie Coldridge of Abbey Life)

TMD Friction (Manufacturer of Brake friction components)    
P&Q client: TMD Friction
“Our shift patterns are complex – 5-day, 7-day, morning, afternoon, nights and rotating, and we also have people on fixed salaries. QTAR handles these fine. When we upgraded QTAR just before Christmas, that went very smoothly.”
(P. A. Rothwell of TMD Friction)

Kraft Suchard (Manufacturer of Chocolate and confectionery) 
P&Q client: Kraft Suchard
“We have a workforce of about 850 and have used QTAR since 1992 to keep track of shift work, contractor hours and salaried personnel for payroll. We also rely on QTAR in our costing processes, to authorise overtime, book employee holidays, report excessive unauthorised absences, etc.”
(Martin Buckle of Kraft Suchard)

LEONI Wiring Systems (Manufacturer of Lucas brand electronic vehicle parts)    
P&Q client: LEONI Wiring Systems
“We originally purchased QTAR in 1990 purely for payroll management, with up to 3000 individuals on the system. We found that using the system was simple, with a lot of standard reports included. But when we realised how QTAR could be expanded, we had extra ones written for reporting things like absenteeism in different ways that suited our requirements better. P&Q staff give good support and are easy to talk to, even if you aren't very familiar with computers.”
(Stella Pepper of LEONI)

British American Tobacco (Tobacco manufacturer)    
P&Q client: British American Tobacco
“The QTAR system has been in our factory since 1986 and has been very stable with few issues. P&Q support has been reliable and efficient. The application has outlived a number of HR system transitions, and migration of interfaces has not been problematic. A number of custom modules have been designed to meet our special needs, including absence and overtime reporting.”
(Hans Commandeur at BAT)

MBM Produce (Foodstuffs)    
P&Q client: MBM Produce
“We have been using the QTAR system about 16 years. It works well. It's hard to make set rules about this kind of factory. Work patterns change often. People work very variable hours. Sometimes they make time up when they need to come in late. I find it easy to go into the system and override it. We upgraded a few years ago, and we found P&Q very helpful. They are happy to talk me through any problems I may come across.”
(Jenny Hawkins of MBM Produce:)

Dunlop Oil & Marine (Manufacturer of Industrial hosing) 
P&Q client: Dunlop Oil & Marine “Dunlop Oil & Marine has been using QTAR since 1984. We have had no trouble with the system in all that time. Because P&Q concentrate on T&A, the system works perfectly.”
(Sue Thomas of Dunlop Oil & Marine)

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QTAR Inventory Control and Product Location

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Inventory Control and Product Location

Are your staff wasting time looking for items that keep being moved?

We specialise in providing Stock Control solutions for items that are not stored in fixed locations, but keep being moved about e.g. for operational, access or space reasons.

Reduce your costs by using the QTAR Product Location system to find stock quickly and easily.

Intelligent systems that save time and money for your business

Timber Yard – aerial view

If your business is regularly receiving large deliveries or storing products of odd shapes and sizes that can't be stored in fixed locations, keeping track of everything can be a challenge. Our QTAR solution specialises in providing stock control for products that are constantly being moved or re-stored to make room for new arrivals or to access items that are behind or underneath others. It helps to dramatically cut the time spent searching for stock by tagging it as it arrives and later being able to find its location immediately – whenever you need it. The system also automatically verifies that all (and only) the correct items have been loaded on the truck.

The elimination of the time wasted hunting for particular items means you need fewer drivers, and indeed fewer forklifts, to handle the same throughput – this is likely to be a huge saving every year. Alternatively, even better, you can increase your turnover and profits with a vastly increased throughput with the same workforce.

See how Howarth Timber Importers handle much more timber and save tens of thousands of pounds every year by implementing the QTAR inventory control solution.

Barcode and RFID Inventory Systems

We offer solutions that help your warehouse staff and drivers to find the right product at the right time, by tagging each item using either large barcodes or low-cost long-range passive RFID tags. These are used to record the initial location of the item and then its new location every time it is moved. Recording the movement of an item to a new location is easy, and can even be automated. Finding it again is then quick and simple. The system works in real-time, so your employees always have the most up-to-date information, using a small rugged hand-held PDA or vehicle-mounted computer and scanner. If you can print the barcode for the relevant stock items on the picking list or load sheet, the current location of each item is shown just by scanning its barcode.

Long-Range Passive RFID Tag

RFID Antenna

Choosing to use low-cost long-range passive RFID tags allows the whole process to be economically automated. But more than that, with RFID tagging, you can do a stock-take just by a single person driving or walking around the site! Again, this can be a huge saving. Monthly, weekly, daily or even continuous automatic stock-takes are feasible, giving much tighter control of the business.

Also, with RFID, the QTAR system can verify that the load on a truck is correct before opening the barrier to let the truck leave, thus avoiding despatch errors that are not only costly but annoy and inconvenience the customer and undermine your reputation.

Note that companies that initially choose barcodes for their QTAR system, however, can be easily upgraded to use RFID tags at any time in the future.

Our standard solutions can be customised to meet your exact requirements for even greater efficiency and savings. QTAR systems can also be integrated with your existing Inventory Control system.

Efficient Inventory Control and Product Location

Implementing a sophisticated inventory control solution like QTAR allows you to become more efficient overnight. Delays finding goods are eliminated, stock-taking is much faster, despatch errors are avoided and systems are integrated so that delivery notes can be printed as soon as the item is loaded. Your business is more productive and your staff and customers happier.

If traceability of individual items is also a problem or expensive, click here to find out about our Just-in-Time Product Traceability solutions.

Find out how our inventory systems can transform your business. Call us on 0845 1300 707 (or +44 1920 822 800), or fill in the box on the left (then click "Send"), or email a P&Q Advisor now.

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