Warehouse Setup

This module covers all aspects of the initial and ongoing setup of your warehouses and factories.

  • Warehouse layout

DATASCOPE automatically adopts the SYSPRO warehouse structure. Each SYSPRO warehouse is configured with Picking areas, storage Zones and Bin Locations. The software defines the full architecture of these relationships and controls this back into SYSPRO. As each transaction is processed we can direct the operators based on the rules set in each of these Areas, Zones and Bin Locations

  • Bin Locations

DATASCOPE WMS holds a range of bin location types including Bulk Locations, Pick Face locations, Special Equipment Locations, Staging and Receiving locations. As soon as stock is placed into a bin, the bin is created in SYSPRO. Bins can be configured to allow random storage or fixed SKU by bin storage, as well as to limit the number of license plates/trackIDs allowed to be put into the bins. Pick face locations are setup with a dedicated range of products or a single SKU with various reorder management settings that drive back into the replenishment systems. Bins can be created spontaneously by the software to isolate stock that is being picked. The status of bins can be toggled to indicate when bins are temporarily blocked or not required for a temporary period.

  • Areas

Bins can be linked to an area, which are typically used to split a warehouse down during the picking process. The software allows for the assignment of one or more specific material handling types to an Area as well as allowing different areas to be prioritized for stock reservation based on pallet quantities and picking strategies.

We can also split the sales order into picking slips per area or split the picking slip itself across areas to maximize the picking speed of orders. A pick slip release balancing tool controls the flow of picking slips to pickers so that one area cannot move too far ahead of other areas.

Areas are also used to stream line picking by reducing user input in certain areas where the pick qty can be automatically populated or the user picking style can be pre-empted. Areas allow the user to demarcate sections of the warehouse where operators would pick differently.

  • Zones

Zones are typically used to direct the storage of product. Zones can exist within an area or span over multiple areas. For instance, is we require allergen products to be stored in a specific area of a warehouse we would allocate this as a zone and link the required stock codes to this zone. During put away the scanner will direct stock to the predefined zones for optimal storage. In some cases, the zones are configured for ranges of product in a picking face. Here a zone can be configured to hold the required stock close to the pick faces.

For a carton voice picking environment zones are used to identify different picking areas for voice pickers to sign onto.

  • Pick Faces

In many warehouses bulk storage is held separate to the picking area. The bulk locations could for instance be the racking level above the pick face or the bulk locations could be situated in a completely different part of the warehouse to the pick face or even in separate warehouse locations. Pick faces are configured in most fine picking warehouses to allow for effective and fast order picking from locations that are easy to work with. These pick faces are linked to SKU’s with a range of settings to drive back into the replenishment system.

  • Bin Labelling

All bin location labels can be setup and printed within the software. The format of the label is completely editable with up to 5 formats to allow DATASCOPE WMS users to print various formats for various warehouse environments.

An import function allows users to import new bins. This is often used on new implementations. Thereafter the standard front end is used to add new bin locations or to maintain of delete existing bins.

An Advanced Bin Maintenance program allows for mass updates of key bin data fields.

  • TrackId Labeling

During the implementation of a new DATASCOPE WMS site, all existing inventory should be labelled with a unique TrackID label (see sample label). This module includes a simple labelling function as well as an advanced version of TrackID labelling.