Productivity Tools

Timber as a product is traded both nationally and internationally – importing and exporting. TimberSmart has solutions which cater for all of these trading activities including retail management. These solutions commence with the creation of sales orders as customers purchase stock. A variant to this is the sale of consignment stock. These orders can be met from inventory or the creation of purchase orders to acquire those products which are required to fulfil the sales order…

The TimberSmart timber trading system can send and receive all documents electronically or in hardcopy format. The system also allows for the processing of timber – particularly by third parties. Standard TimberSmart despatch, load management, and invoicing capabilities are included. The system also includes extensive reporting and on screen queries.

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Business Intelligence (Power BI)
Packet barcode scanning
Log and Timber Tracking System
Drone
Stick Scanner
Browser apps
TimberXchange (EDI)
TimberSmart Document Transfer (TDT)

TimberXChange Dashboard

Do you want to get a quick and easy insights into your TimberXchange transactions? The graphic above shows the views which can be available to you.

Domestic Mills

TimberSmart has several log inventory solutions for domestic primary processors ranging from those that record individual logs to those which record by the load. All systems are based on supply agreements and deliveries are recorded against these agreements.

The TimberSmart log inventory systems enable the tracking of daily processes such as log receipts, rejects and mill usage information. Extensive inquiries and reporting are available as well as data exports to other reporting and analysis tools, Periodic processes such as quality sampling, stocktaking and supplier invoice generation can also be undertaken.

Electronic integration with third-party applications, including Trimble and various weigh bridge suppliers, is feasible. This allows seamless data flow and collaboration between different software systems, enhancing efficiency and streamlining processes.

Export container log management

TCMS is a one-stop system which manages all processes associated with exporting logs, using containers or break bulk shipments. The system covers 5 key areas: supply logistics, yard management, commercial agreements, shipping, and financials & reporting.

Pack(et) creation

Recognition of the creation of the timber pack(et) from the milling process is achieved at this stage. This can be a manual method such as a roundtable where timber in manually pulled into pack(et)s of the same product. Alternatively, it can be an automated method like a bin sorter where the timber is moved by conveyor to a bin of the same product.

The makeup of the pack(et) can be recorded manually via a tally sheet. It is entered into TS by a follow-up office function entering from the tally sheet. Alternatively, it can be created at source using a tablet-based packet create app. Bin sorters have their own software. Bin sorter software is integrated with TS application and data is transferred electronically from one to the other

Works order creation

Works orders provide the authority for processes or movements which occur on or to pack(et)s.

This point of reference is the basis for all operations and is a key component of TS.

Pack(et) movement

Packet movements are a sub-set of works orders. Packet movements are regarded either as through processes – packet composition remain the same – or destroy and create processes – packets into the process are broken down and new packets created out of the process. TS handles both options.

Data entry can be managed in a variety of ways; manual, use of scanners for direct data entry. This area also makes extensive use of customised bar code labels for ease of data entry.

Purchase order creation

Purchase orders are self evident. In the case of TSL users, purchase orders (PO’s) for timber products are received and converted into sales orders (SO’s).This then provides the authority to dispatch, or create products (via works orders) to fulfil the SO. Alternatively, TSL users can send PO’s to purchase timber or other products that are not in stock.

Sales order creation

See purchase orders

Stocktake

Stocktake is an essential component of the TimberSmart inventory management system. Data can be entered into the stocktake module either manually or electronically.

There are several options for electronic entry from barcoded packet labels depending on the underlying database.

  • SQL database – for versions with a SQL database the recommended approach is using a browser-based scanning app which talks directly to the TS database. This approach will work on a range of scanner models. It is important that the device scanning engine has dynamic scanning abilities to enable operation in the timber environment. It is also important that the device supports a SIM card as well as WIFI. This means that if there are WIFI connection issues then the server connection is maintained through the network connection.
  • Access database – two options. One is to run an RDP session on a notebook or on a Windows tablet. The other option is to upload stocktake scanning data to the TS system from a handheld running a Windows mobile session.  
Reporting screen

Load picking

As the timing for dispatch approaches, the despatcher will assign staff to pick the order. Either finding products to match the order specification or finding specific packets; perhaps based on age. TS provides the ability to do this either by manual form (and later manual system entry) or direct entry via an app.

Despatch

After stock is picked it is ready for load planning and dispatch. TS provides manual or app based methods to support this function.

Invoicing

Once dispatched TS creates draft invoices which are available for approval, confirmation, and sending by email, or EDI.

Reporting

TS provides extensive reporting across all areas.

Export documentation

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TimberSmart Trade Hub

Pioneering the Future of B2B Building Supplies Ordering. With unparalleled ease and efficiency, Trade Hub transforms the way suppliers and merchants connect, making it the cornerstone of digital procurement in the building industry.

Our platform not only streamlines transactions but also fosters stronger business relationships, establishing Trade Hub as the go-to solution for supply chain innovation.

TimberSmart RetailCommerce

TimberSmart offers a unique B2C platform, creating customized e-commerce sites for each merchant.

This approach allows merchants to directly connect with their customers, offering a personalized shopping experience.

With our technology, merchants can easily manage their online presence, ensuring a seamless, secure, and satisfying shopping journey for every customer.

Online stores

Get big results with a custom TimberSmart online store

With over 20 years experience providing innovative software solutions for sawmills, timber merchants and timber retailers we know the unique landscape of the industry.As an industry leader we are proud to present new opportunities for growth to our customers. Online Stores are the latest frontier for timber and hardware, and our technology allows for B2B, B2C, D2C, and hybrid business models to flourish online.Whether you’re a manufacturer, distributor, wholesaler, or retailer we can help you open up new sales channels and reach more customers.Get in touch today and make your online offering a valuable point of difference with TimberSmart.

With powerful design customization, user friendly back end, and helpful customer service, BigCommerce is the solution of choice for TimberSmart B2C retailers and B2B operations. BigCommerce allows quick and cost effective entry to the world of eCommerce and cross channel marketing.

Make the move from bricks and mortar to bricks and clicks with TimberSmart and BigCommerce. Utilize our decades of industry knowldge and expert BigCommerce development team to create compelling B2B and B2C customer experiences

Online ordering system

On-line purchasing system between timber producers and their customers which enables the customers to place their order electronically. A key part of this system is integration between the online platform and the TimberSmart system such that orders flow from the platform into the TimberSmart application. These orders can be placed via desktop systems or using tablets or smart phones.

Business Intelligence (Power BI)

Are you looking for greater insights into your business? How about immersive dashboards and reports that provide actionable insights to drive positive business results, while on the go.

TimberSmart Ltd has a great experience with your data and business processes. That’s why our Business Intelligence tool can make the difference for your timber business.

The scope of the analysis is only limited by the amount of data available in your database. Common areas of interest are: sales data, orders and production data as shown below in the interactive demo dashboard. – Feel free to try it out!

Contact us to discuss how to get more value from your data and see a demo of some sample dashboards.

Log Inventory

The TimberSmart Log Inventory System is a comprehensive application which enables sawmill or similar log purchasing business to manage log supply and inventory.

TimberSmart Inventory Management

The TimberSmart is an information management system developed for the timber industry by a team with a unique combination of timber industry knowledge, database development skills, project management and managing consulting skills.

TimberSmart has been specifically developed for the timber industry. It is a not standard manufacturing package that has been modified or compromised to fit the peculiarities of the timber industry.

The TimberSmart system is future proofed. It has been designed as a base system to which optional modules may be added.

Packet barcode scanning

Data Automation

The TimberSmart Packet Recorder is a valuable addition to the TimberSmart Inventory Management system. It allows the creation, deletion or GCS change of a packet anywhere in the yard- data automation. If a label printer is connected then customised bar-coded labels are then printed immediately. Automatic or batch update to the TimberSmart inventory Management system then ensures physical packet labels will match information held in the stock system. Packet recorder will work with connected terminals, touch screens and PLC’s in the yard. Additional Handheld products are also available. Packet recorder reduces data entry lag time, improves accuracy and gives data ownership to work centres.

Features:

  • Simplified data entry screens for users.
  • Restrict each user to selected works orders from TimberSmart to ensure only valid movements and products are created.
  • Customised Bar-coded labels (if connected to a label printer).
  • Designed to work with touch screens.
  • Interface to PLC’s (provided the PLC can provide the correct format).
  • Integration to other TimberSmart Handheld Data Capture products

Log and Timber Tracking System

The TimberSmart log and timber tracking system has been developed on the suite of standard TimberSmart solutions to provide assurance about the integrity of your supply chain. The TimberSmart system provides the following benefits;

     
     
       
  • Legal Harvest Assurance: Our system ensures that timber entering the supply chain originates from legal sources.
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  • Market Access Enhancement: Safeguard and enhance market access.
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  • Supply Chain Integrity: Track specified timber products throughout the entire supply chain.
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  • Due Diligence System: Ability to demonstrate that your timber has been legally harvested.
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  • Enforcement: the TimberSmart system allows enforcement to be undertaken on an evidence-based approach
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Drone

Drone stocktake is currently under development as part of TimberSmart’s ongoing technical innovation programme. It combines recent advances in drone technology with Timbersmart software which isolates barcodes in the video frames, transcodes them, and reads the barcode numbers into a database. This is similar to current handheld scanning, the difference in this case is that the scanner(drone) can be removed from the person doing the scanning. Future enhancements in this space include deployment on smaller and quieter drones, and development of drone-based RFID tag/label scanning.

Benefits of this approach are evident in situations where there are safety concerns e.g. pack stability, or where there are issues with height. An associated advantage of this approach is that in addition to recording barcodes numbers, an image of the actual label can be recorded. This could be beneficial for auditing purposes.

Drone Scanner

Drone stocktake is currently under development as part of TimberSmart’s ongoing technical innovation programme.

It combines recent advances in drone technology with Timbersmart software which isolates barcodes in the video frames, transcodes them, and reads the barcode numbers into a database. This is similar to current handheld scanning, the difference in this case is that the scanner(drone) can be removed from the person doing the scanning.

Benefits of this approach are evident in situations where there are safety concersn e.g. pack stability, or where there are issues with height. An associated advantage of this approach is that in addition to recording barcodes numbers, an image of the the actual label can be recorded. This could be beneficial for auditing purposes.

Future enhancements in this space include deployment on smaller and quieter drones, and development of drone based RFID tag/label scanning.

Stick Scanner

The stick scanner is an intermediate scanning solution which sits between conventional scanners and drone scanners. It essentially consists of a scanner and integrated camera located at the top of a pole with connection to the user app on a phone at the bottom of the pole. The camera enables scanner navigation when the pack(et) labels cannot be seen from the ground. The scanner output can be integrated with the TimberSmart inventory system.

Browser apps

TimberSmart offers a development capabilityto create browser-based applications to meet customer requirements.

To indicate the possibilities, TimberSmarthas developed a suite of applications that seamlessly integrate with your TimberSmart SQL database. These apps enhance efficiency, accuracy, and collaboration across critical timber management processes. Let’s explore some of them:

TimberXchange (EDI)

Have you ever thought how much information that is keyed into your management system may have been previously input into another system? Chances are very high that it has.

The TimberXchange (TX) has been developed to do away with multiple keying of the same data. Essentially the TimberXchange electronically transforms and translates the data from the sending system to that required for the receiving system. In conjunction with commonly available electronic communication technologies, the TimberXchange enables data to be sent from one system and imported quickly into the receiving system.

TimberSmart Document Transfer (TDT)

TimberSmart Document Transfer (TDT) is a means at linking your TimberSmart System electronically with suppliers, customers and other business partners. The main feature of TDT is the link to the TimberXchange.

Send Purchase Orders, Invoices and Despatches and receive incoming stock to/from any other member at the TimberXchange.

In addition TDT allows you to send any of these documents directly to your business partner in report format via e mail.

InfoXplorer

The InfoXplorer is a fully customisable module that can be linked to any TimberSmart system to provide easy access to information with user defined layouts and filters to get the information you need quickly and easily.

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