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Warehouse management may sound easy to an outsider, but any manufacturing insider will tell you it can be at the heart of how productive teams are and more importantly, how satisfied customers are.  In our three part series, we are reviewing the exceptional benefits of the Warehouse Management System (WMS) in Dynamics AX. You can review our first post which covered the features that optimize receiving and put-away.  In this second installment, we are exploring the benefits for picking and pulling, specifically when it comes to materials for jobs or production.

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Microsoft Dynamics AX – Picking and Pulling Materials For Jobs

Keeping production flowing is the name of the game and one of the keys to operational competitiveness. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 7 R3, the WMS is giving manufacturers the key to success by helping to determine the most logical sequence so you are picking in the most efficient and productive way. Read on to find out some of the key features that lend themselves to successful picking –

Placement and storage:

The WMS accelerates pulling for jobs to keep production flowing by providing direction on how to pick in the most efficient and productive way. This is because the module allows you to allocate storage space based on priority of picking locations first while buffering locations. Then, picking routes can be determined based on zones and the height of location. You can manage picking for several orders at once to better manage pallet loads and increase warehouse efficiency.

Inventory dimensions:

Inventory dimensions allow you to know the exact locations of a specific item in the warehouse, which includes information regarding warehouse batch number, location, pallet ID, serial number, and RFID tags. This feature of the WMS also gives you a tool to track serial and batch numbers, giving further insight into inventory at your warehouse.

Attributes:

When inputting an item into your system, there is no need for a separate part number for color and size. Items can have one part number and you can further define color and size based on attributes. This is important for picking because in WMS, if you are out of a part for a job, the attributes feature can suggest a substitution of a different color or material, based on pre-defined substitutions that you determined will work just as well as your original selection. This allows your picking to continue and keeps production flowing.

Quarantine management:

If you have inventory that needs further inspection, you can specify quarantine requirements at an item level. Through WMS, you can also automatically send and lock quarantine items pending inspection to the quarantine warehouse, which will not allow them to be considered for picking.

Shelf life and obsolescence:

WMS also helps to identify items that are slow moving so you can pick based on first in first out (FIFO) to reduce obsolescence of items. You can date items for when they should be identified as slow-moving and obsolete to better identify when and how to pick the right items for your jobs.

Now that we’ve covered the inbound and put-away features of WMS and the beneficial picking process features, hopefully you have more insight as to why Indusa is excited about this module. Clearly, the robustness of this module gives manufacturers insight and optimization that increases efficiency and accuracy in their warehouses. Join us for the last installment of the WMS exploration, where we highlight the benefits for distribution and outbound.

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Click on the following links to read other parts of the three blog series:


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About the Author – Keith Reali

Keith is a financial and management executive with broad experience in all aspects of business including general management, project management, cost management and financial management.

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