The WISE inbound module consists of a detailed set-up for all inventory types that could be received into a warehouse. Purchase orders, warehouse transfers, work orders, advanced shipment notices (ASN's), returned materials and unexpected receipts. Based on the type of product coming into the receiving door, WISE will direct the following steps after the actual reception:
- Total visibility of all inbound orders
- Complete support of ASN's
- Simple single scan of a bar code, pallet ID, or pallet license plate
- Single receiver can work on multiple incoming orders simultaneously
- Multiple receiving personnel can work on a single order
- Personnel can receive unexpected shipments
- WISE captures all information possible at the moment of the goods reception.
The process of gathering parts and/or products to make a finished good is made up of multiple components. Through a process called backflushing, the material is issued automatically when production is posted against an operation. The backflushing program will use the quantity completed to calculate through the bill of material, quantities of the components used, and reduce on hand balances accordingly.
At receipt, WISE can determine the parameters in which to sample a shipment to assure significant quality control. These parameters consist of percentages of items by product ID, group code, vendor and/or any combination thereof. The system will then generate the tasks to move those materials that require quality assurance procedures. The rejected lots will be flagged in the system to avoid carrying out putaway and allocation tasks.
When items or shipments are returned to the warehouse, WISE enables unique data regarding these shipments to be recognized and captured. The RF's direct the receiver to input the items' current condition and reason it was returned, and the fault of the return. Based on the values inputted for these three variables, WISE will direct the warehouse personnel to take a specific user defined action. ie: put items back in general stock, put items in staging for future delivery, take to re-work to repair, send back to manufacturer, or simply scrap.
Extensive putaway functionality enables the warehouse to utilize many different styles and methods of putaway techniques. Using the RF's as the backbone of the putaway tasks, WISE directs the users to the proper location and correct equipment with the most efficient route and manner. All RF putaway transactions are confirmed with a location bar-code scan to ensure real- time inventory accuracy. Based on a user defined configuration, WISE will generate the putaway tasks to most efficiently direct warehouse personnel to put items away based on the item itself, the product group, the locations, and/or any combination of the three.
The ability to cross-dock is a valuable tool to increase warehouse efficiencies and speed order processing. When an item is received into available inventory and the same item is required for an outbound order waiting processing, WISE triggers the immediate tasks necessary to take the goods from the receiving dock to the packing station or shipping door to complete the shipment. This eliminates all putaway and picking tasks that would be necessary to store the item and then pull again.
Inventory is tracked from the moment it is received at the dock door including every step of the warehousing process until it is directed out the shipping door. This inventory is controlled at the item level by SKU number, quantity, and location. All tasks are system generated dynamically directing warehouse personnel via the radio frequency backbone. This enables warehouse management to run the distribution center using real-time inventory status and quantities.
WISE supports pick and pack operations that require replenishment activities. It maintains inventory levels in forward pick locations and controls the movement of items from reserve or bulk storage locations to the higher volume forward pick locations. Warehouse employees are directed to complete replenishments based on location or item minimums and maximums.
MULTIPLE UNITS OF MEASURE
The unit of measure describes how the quantity of an item is tracked in the inventory system. The most common unit of measure is "eaches", which simply means that each individual item is considered one unit. An item that uses "cases" as the unit of measure would be tracked by the number of cases rather than by the actual piece quantity. Other examples of units of measure would include pallets, pounds, ounces, linear feet, square feet, cubic feet, gallons, thousands, hundreds, pairs, and dozens. WISE gives the user the ability to view all inventory instances in their multiple units of measure simultaneously.
Dynamic space management is another key feature of WISE. Once the layout of the distribution center has been set up and the attributes of products and locations are defined, the system will manage the space according to the availability, volume, weight, and attributes required for the product. The system can report the location or locations of a particular product as well as its current status whether on-hand, allocated, available, or potential. WISE utilizes the item's and location's "cubes" which is a term used to calculate volume and denote the capacity of a vessel or location.
Upon implementation and before commissioning of the system, a warehouse-wide physical inventory is taken to enter every item of the system per its precise location. A scan of the location, followed by scans of the items ensures the item-location match. After implementation, WISE's Dynamic Intelligent Cycle Counting Functionality will handle all future counts. The WISE cycle counts do not require an inventory freeze. The counts are automatically triggered in the background per user-defined requirements. Cycle counts can be conducted per location, zone, product group, or item ID.