Oracle Warehouse Management

Dave Herring – Lion Apparel, Inc. Daveh@lionapparel.com Brian Pellot – Pelley Consulting, LLC Bpellot@earthlink.net

Overview
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Project Status and Background WMS Basics LPN Concepts and Processing Task Processing Rules Engine Key Learnings Wrap-up

. boots ..Background and Project Status    100 years plus World’s largest maker of protective clothing Turn-out gear. helmets..

Inventory. AR and WMS Starting second round of system testing Planning to go-live March. BOM. WIP.Background and Project Status    Implementing OM. Quality. Configurator. 2004 . Cost.

WIP. Mobile Supply Chain Apps (MSCA) – Handheld/RF ready interface . Quality) Additional responsibility and set of forms plus forms from the other modules Rules engine – Core of WMS functionality Mobile Web Applications(MWA).WMS Basics     WMS augments other modules’ functionality (Inv. Shipping.

RF devices •Device Evaluation and Selection •Many are portable PCs with other capabilities •Easily integrated with flexible setups in the application .MWA Mobile Web Applications •Intended for handheld.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 Data can be entered. scanned or selected.WMS Basics . Think about the amount of information to be entered(keyed) through the handheld. Subinventory Transfer .

boxes in boxes. consolidate. pallet. truck. unpack Herring’s law of packing (with regards to Newton) . boxes in trucks Pack. basket. tank.LPN Concepts and Processing      License Plate Number – unique identifier for a group of items/instances Like a box. etc. vat. crate. LPNs can contain other LPNs.

LPN Concepts and Processing Items Pack Consolidate Transfer the Truck LPN (one transaction) .

LPN Concepts and Processing Receive the Truck LPN (one transaction) Un-Pack Un-Pack .

pick Tasks assigned to WH resources (people and machines) Rules engine assigns correct task to correct resources .Task Processing    Tasks are actions performed in the warehouse. Putaway.

Task Processing Task List Pick 2 smiles Pick 3 circles Putaway LPN X Pick 4 bolts Resources Joe in a Forklift Rules Engine 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 Dave’s first thoughts… “Rules. we don’t need no stinking 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  Uses Rules.

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. Receiving must be done in MWA  A Lot of Setup   Cartonization Directed putaway by weight or volume .     Cost groups – they have to be used as assigned through the engine. you have to use the WMS methods. Locator Control must be turned on Pick confirm must be manual and use tasks.

Some features are difficult to implement since all information must be entered through MWA .Key Learnings    Rules Engine requires functional and technical help Open interfaces do support much of the functionality for extensions. However. only briefly documented.

Questions ? .

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