Central to the success of any automated distribution logistics solution is an intelligent warehouse control software (WCS).
By enabling a single user interface for all order fulfilment activities, the warehouse control software provides the functionality required to drive and efficiently manage the huge amount and diverse range of transactions that take place daily in busy distribution centres.
Efficient Systems Integration
The warehouse control software from Dematic interfaces with the user’s host computer, typically an enterprise resource planning system (ERP) or in some cases, a warehouse management system (WMS), facilitating real-time operations control and management.
Dematic’s WCS monitors the flow of materials and orders, constantly reporting order status back to the host, enabling global inventory data to be updated in real time, and directs other processes including automated invoicing and shipping documentation.
Improving Control and Visibility
WCS provides real-time control and visibility of order fulfilment systems and personnel.
The software seamlessly interfaces order picking technologies such as Voice Picking, Pick-to-Light, Put-to-Light and RF Picking in addition to automated systems including conveyors, ASRS, carousels, A-frames and ergonomic picking stations into a single integrated order fulfilment system.
Users can implement a variety of order picking technologies and apply them across alternative distribution methodologies including zone routing, batch picking, buffering and sequencing as well as order assembly.
WCS enables the most appropriate order picking solution to be applied to different areas of the product movement curve, optimising performance and minimising distribution costs for the user.
Real-Time Decision Support and Reporting
Facilitating a real-time window to ongoing logistics operations, WCS provides immediate access to data to assist order management and decision support.
Additionally, WCS enables the user to dynamically manage the workflow as well as balance the workload across the available order picking resources to maximise efficiency and productivity.
Some of the functionalities include:
- Order detail with zone-by-zone status
- Container contents and location tracking
- Picker and zone productivity reports
- Workload reports to aid allocation of resources
- Zone map selection to aid workload balancing
- Reports of short orders