System to help manage the receipt, put away, audit, pick and ship of products. These may be SKU or UIC
based - which means that items can be tracked by their part number or serial number as
appropriate. These systems typically link to a web element which permits users to review
stock held, and place pick orders
This link will take you to a page with more information about specific warehouse management systems. For more information, or to ask a detailed question, contact SageData directly..
WMS (Warehouse Management Systems) typically use handheld computers linked by RF to a
central server. Many remote warehouses can be linked as part of one system. The link to the
web element enables orders to be placed and processed quickly and accurately. The system
computes the shortest pick route, and guides the picker through that route. Because the
system prompts for verification, miss-picks can be reduced or eliminated.
For most systems, the basic functions are: receiving; put-away; audit; picking; and shipping. More information follows...
The system can receive UIC or SKU items either against a prior list, or as new items. Receiving is generally done to a receiving area, so that receipts can be processed quickly, and information immediately posted to the web element of the system.
Done from the receiving area. Put away can be flexible or rigid, at the users' option.
If required, can be completed easily, quickly, accurately. Audit times are typically
reduced by a factor of five or ten, as compared the traditional, paper based, audit
process. Apart from the saving in time (and therefore labour, and therefore money) and
disruption, the automated system provides more accurate counts, and in a more timely
fashion. Counts are placed directly to the database, which means that when the counting is
done, the numbers are available - no data entry step. And because the system maintains a
full audit trail, management can review the stock adjustment numbers, and recheck or review
Generally initiated from the web, supervisor controls can be incorporated.
Inevitably, in any system, errors creep in, usually through human error. The system is intelligent enough to respond to unexpected pick situations (stock out, when the system shows stock available), and is able, if appropriate, to make stock adjustments on the fly.
The system can produce packing lists and mailing labels. Printing of these items can be initiated from the hand held unit at the conclusion of the pick.
The system maintains an audit trail of all activities, who did what and when.
Traditionally, items are identified using labels with an identifier (part number or
serial number, SKU or UIC) in barcoded format. There is increased interest in using
RFID, small chips which communicate by
Radio Frequency with a fixed or mobile reader. This an emerging technology, and despite the
many stories in the press, it is not an appropriate solution for most applications. Very
large supply chains, such as Walmart, are beginning to use the technology, but it still
faces teething troubles.
Despite this, for some very specific applications it provides an excellent solution. Contact SageData for more information if you believe that your application could benefit from RFID.
This link will take you to a page with more information about specific WMS - warehouse management systems.
SageData is based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
We design systems around RFID, Barcodes and Handheld computers.
For further information, contact Doreen Wallace or Tom Vernon.
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To reach us by phone from Ottawa, dial 613 225 4404
To reach us by phone from outside Ottawa, dial 1-888-838-1067
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