Consolidated production picking using WM&D

In standard AX the production module do have a separate process of generating picking routes, but it is possible to set up std. AX so that consolidated picking routes are generated. The advantage is that then the picking routes generated from production is the same as picking routes from sales and transfer orders. Then the warehouse workers will use the same picking screens and processes regardless of there the picking process is initiated from.

Production Picking

While processing the production order, it is important to have required goods picked from the respective location at appropriate time. While working with large scale warehouses having bulk locations for picking goods, it is highly required to have optimized production picking to save the cost and time. This has become a challenge for the warehouse managers to transfer all necessary goods to the shop floor in an optimized way.

Using the WM&D production picking process, all goods required at shop floor will be shipped at once and would guide Fork lift or conveyors to optimistically do the picking and shipments.

This article explains the functionality of and how to use the production picking.

Process description

Understanding Production picking process integrated with Standard AX

Production picking would require consolidated picking setup to be done. Once the consolidated picking process is setup for the production order, the picking process will use shipments to complete the picking.

Please find below the process flow from Production order to picking of goods using forklift. This is explained in below section:

Please find the reference of the statuses for orders based on specific setup and using the above work flow:

SNo

Steps

Production

Shipment

Inventory Transaction

Status

Picking Status

Status

Pick

Issue

1

Production Order

         

1.1

Creating Production Order

Created

None

No Shipment

No Shipment

No Transaction

1.2

Update-> Job Scheduling

Scheduled

On Order

No Shipment

No Shipment

Reserved Physical

1.3

Update-> Release

Released

Picking Now

Reserved

Registered

Reserved Physical

2

Shipment

         

2.1

Functions-> Activate

Released

Picking Now

Activated

Activated

Reserved Physical

3

ForkLift Main Menu

         

3.1

Consolidated Picking

Released

Picking Now

Activated

Activated

Reserved Physical

3.2

Select Shipment

Released

Picking Now

Activated

Activated

Reserved Physical

3.3

Selected

Released

Picking Now

Activated

Activated

Reserved Physical

3.4

Picking Routes

Released

Picking Now

Activated

Activated

Reserved Physical

3.5

Select Picking Routes

Released

Picking Now

Activated

Started

Reserved Physical

3.6

Scan Location

Released

Picking Now

Activated

Started

Reserved Physical

3.7

All Items are Scanned

Released

Picking Now

Activated

Started

Reserved Physical

3.8

Scan Cargo Label

Released

Picked

Picked

Started

Picked

4

Production Order

         

4.1

Update Start

Started

Completed

   

Deducted

 

Setting up base setup for Production Picking

Consolidating picking should be setup for one of the following to get the Output Order

Inventory Model Group

Selecting “Consolidated picking method” for Inventory model group will use shipments and picking of multiple orders as the mechanism.

Warehouse

The setting can be overruled on warehouse as it might and might not be required per warehouse.

Warehouse Items

The setting can be overruled by Warehouse Item as consolidated picking might be or might not be required.

Production Order using WM&D

WM&D supports consolidated picking for production order and helps to override all settings and use as per the needs of the production.

Default setup for WM&D as per the warehouse is done in Parameters form of WM&D

Production order could overwrite all setup for consolidated pickup in Setup tab which is initially setup as per the default setup of WM&D.

Setting up Shipment Template

Automatic Shipment Creation should be checked and appropriate criteria should be setup to make it work with Production orders.

To setup shipment template, following are the pre-requisites as per standards AX, please look in the Standard Ax for further details.

  • Setting up Shipment Reservation Combinations
  • Setting up Shipment Reservation Sequences

Processing Steps for Production Picking using Consolidating Picking Setup

Production picking process using consolidated order

Production Order – Create Production Order

The Production Orders form can be opened from Production
>
Production Order Details.

Create a new production order and fill the required details.

Production Order – Update Job Scheduling

Run the process of Job Scheduling.

Production Order – Update Release

Select Release to release the production orders that are ready for the shop floor. This will in turn create Output order so to start the picking process of the raw material.

 

Find shipment related to production order

The shipment is created for the production order to support the picking and shipping it to the location.

Locate the production reference by looking into the General Tab of the Shipment Lines as shown below:

Shipment – Activate Shipment

Activate the shipment after confirming the details so it can be located by the forklift driver to pick the inventory. This will change the Pick status of the shipment to be “Activated

Forklift Main Menu – Select Consolidated Picking

Forklift person will be working on his forklift menu and will looking in the consolidated picking list.

Select Shipment

Select all the shipments until ready to start picking up of the goods.

Selected Shipment

Select “Selected” to see the selected shipments.

Picking Routes

Select “Picking Routes” to see other details related to the goods that need to be picked.

Select Picking route and Scan Location

Select the picking route will change the Pick status of the shipment from “Activated” to “Started“.

Scan the location from where the goods need to be picked.

Scan Item

Scan the items that is picked for the shipment

Scan Cargo and Print Cargo

After finishing with scanning of the items, scan the outbound cargo which will be used to ship the goods. Scanning the Cargo will change the Production Pick Status to “Picked“.

This will also change the Inventory Transaction to “Picked“.

Once done, print the Cargo details to be pasted on the shipment.

Production – Update Start

Starting the production order by posting the picking list will change the pick status to be “Completed“. This will also change the Inventory Transaction status to “Deducted“.

 

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2 thoughts on “Consolidated production picking using WM&D

  1. Dear Kurt,

    SM Jaleel and Co Ltd (Beverage Manufacturing Company in the Caribbean) is using Dymaics AX with Process Industries. We need to be able to do consolidated picking on multiple production orders. From this, using WM&D achieve what we want. How can I get more information on costs, code-merge timelines etc?

    Regards,
    Kashmini
    1-868-677-7520 ext 2402

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    • Hi Kashmini. You don’t need WM&D to do consolidated production picking, because that is std. AX in version 2009 and it also works with process industry. But you need WM&D if you want to use RF/PDA devices when doing the picking and putaway to the correct production cells. If you want to look futher into WM&D, then I advice you to talk to your Dynamics AX partner and together give To-Increase a call.

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