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Oracle Warehouse Management Dave Herring – Lion Apparel, Inc. Daveh@lionapparel.com Brian Pellot – Pelley Consulting, LLC Bpellot@earthlink.net
Overview Project Status and Background WMS Basics LPN Concepts and Processing Task Processing Rules Engine Key Learnings Wrap-up
Background and Project Status 100 years plus Worlds largest maker of protective clothing Turn-out gear, helmets, boots...
Background and Project Status Implementing OM, Configurator, Inventory, Quality, BOM, WIP, Cost, AR and WMS Starting second round of system testing Planning to go-live March, 2004
WMS Basics WMS augments other modules functionality (Inv, Shipping, WIP, Quality) Additional responsibility and set of forms plus forms from the other modules Rules engine – Core of WMS functionality Mobile Web Applications(MWA), Mobile Supply Chain Apps (MSCA) – Handheld/RF ready interface
WMS Basics - MWA Mobile Web Applications Intended for handheld, RF devices Device Evaluation and Selection Many are portable PCs with other capabilities Easily integrated with flexible setups in the application
WMS Basics - MWA Transactions entered through a Telnet session Receiving/Putaway Shipping LPN transactions Physical/Cycle Counting Standard inventory transactions WIP Moves and Material Transactions Inquiry Screens
WMS Basics - MWA Subinventory Transfer Data can be entered, scanned or selected. Think about the amount of information to be entered(keyed) through the handheld.
LPN Concepts and Processing License Plate Number – unique identifier for a group of items/instances Like a box, crate, truck, basket, pallet, vat, tank, etc. LPNs can contain other LPNs, boxes in boxes, boxes in trucks Pack, consolidate, unpack Herrings law of packing (with regards to Newton)
LPN Concepts and Processing Items PackConsolidateTransfer the Truck LPN (one transaction)
LPN Concepts and Processing Un-Pack Receive the Truck LPN (one transaction) Un-Pack
Task Processing Tasks are actions performed in the warehouse. Putaway, pick Tasks assigned to WH resources (people and machines) Rules engine assigns correct task to correct resources
Task Processing Task List Pick 2 smiles Pick 3 circles Putaway LPN X Pick 4 bolts Rules Engine Resources Joe in a Forklift Alice on Foot Betty in Crane Task assignment, progress and efficiency can be directed and monitored through a control board.
Task Processing Control Board used to monitor and manager tasks on the floor.
Rules Engine Core of WMS is the Rules Engine Drives the functionality
Rules Engine Daves first thoughts… Rules, we dont need no stinking rules
Rules Engine Uses Rules, Strategies and Assignments to: Assign Tasks Allocate Material to Move Order (pick waves) Assign Cost Groups (inventory accounting) Direct Putaways Drive label printing
Rules Engine Example Rules If item to be putaway has a category of Frozen Goods and is larger than 200lbs, place in subinventory Bulk Frozen Goods Pick material for customer X from a Grade A lot Put internal order receipts in FG subinventories
Rules Engine This is very flexible but can be difficult to achieve the desired result Some programming experience is necessary
Rules Engine Example Rule: These quickly get complex and technical.
Key Learnings WMS is fairly immature Bugs Seemingly logical functionality is not available Much of the functionality only available in MWA LPNs Pick confirmation by tasks
Key Learnings Once you go WMS, you have to use the WMS methods. Cost groups – they have to be used as assigned through the engine. Locator Control must be turned on Pick confirm must be manual and use tasks. Receiving must be done in MWA A Lot of Setup Cartonization Directed putaway by weight or volume
Key Learnings Rules Engine requires functional and technical help Open interfaces do support much of the functionality for extensions. However, only briefly documented. Some features are difficult to implement since all information must be entered through MWA