Bar code Mfg. and Distribution Project: This system uses remote, hand held, RF computers to allow operations personnel to perform all distribution and shop floor transactions on the plant floor, as the physical transactions occur. It communicates real-time with an AS/400 and BPCS, sending asynchronous transactions as they occur using the TCP/IP Sockets protocol. No emulation is employed, in order to keep response times very fast, yet there is no middle-tier (e.g. NT) required, thus simplifying system support. The system runs in a 24×7 operation, supporting the following functions: P.O. Receiving; Put-Away, Transfer, Dispatch and Replenishment; QA Sample Adjustments; Customer Order Picking; Manufacturing Issues and Receipts; Shop Order Material Pegging; System-directed, shortest-path Cycle Counting; and full bar code label production throughout the process.