Albert allows for seamless delegation and management of work through Tasks. Tasks allow you to manage and track your daily work and collaborate with colleagues. When a Task is created, it is always assigned to an Albert location and can be found in the Tasks module.
A Batch Task is how you manufacture a batch within Albert after creating a new formulation.
Creating a Batch Task
When creating a Batch Task, you will be prompted to create a Task Name and associate an Albert ID, Location, Quantity (g or kg), and Priority with the Task. You will also be given the option to select an Assignee for the Task, fill out any Tags, add any notes, and add Parameter Groups to your Task.
Tasks can also be created directly from the Formula Grid by clicking on the desired formula and selecting "Create Batch Task".
For more information on creating and editing Tasks, navigate tothis help article.
Using Alternative Materials in Batch Tasks
In Albert, all Inventory items used in Tasks are interlinked. If you are working on a formula and one or more lots of raw material are no longer available, Albert allows you to use alternative raw materials as potential offsets. The alternative inventory item does not have to be part of your project’s raw materials list. This functionality is very useful when working with raw materials from different manufacturers.
After you've designed your formula, created a batch task, and claimed the task, and have started the task, you can select the raw material that you want to replace with an alternate raw material.
You may scan the Barcode of the alternative raw material or type the Lot number on the “Search for Lot #” field (e.g. 113938-14914).
Note: Albert does not evaluate if the alternative raw material is a potential offset for the original raw material in the formulation (e.g. same CAS numbers and concentrations). This is a flexible functionality to allow you to use alternative raw materials without having to create a new formulation or adding multiple times the same raw materials from different manufacturers in your project.
In most of the cases, this functionality should be used when you have the same raw material from two or more manufacturers. We recommend checking the inventory before creating a new formulation to guarantee that the required inventory items are available.
Batch Task Shopping List
The Batch Task Shopping List enlists quantity and storage location information of all raw materials required to prepare a batch for a selected formula.
After you created the Batch Task and started the Task, Albert will provide you with a shopping list so that you can quickly find the ingredients needed to complete the Task.
To download the Shopping List, navigate to the desired Batch Task and click on the three dots to the right of the Task ID. From there, select "Download Shopping List". The Shopping List will download automatically as a PDF.
The shopping list will show the lots and amounts available in your location for each item of your Formula.