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Catch Weight Functionality Available in AWAX

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Steve Shebuski, VP of Digital Strategy

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WeightBlue Horseshoe’s latest release of their Advanced Warehousing solution is an expansion of base AX catch weight functionality. Catch weight processing is used for items whose actual weight varies. These items are typically packaged and sold in a consistent physical units of measure, such as a case or carton, and priced by weight.

Functionality 

Extending the base AX catch weight functionality to the Warehouse Management module makes it possible to process catch weight items through existing warehouse processes. This includes different methods for capturing the weight of inventory on the mobile device or pack screen at the time of receipt, production, and sale.

Since the catch weight functionality included in AWAX extends the base functionality, the flag that designates an item as catch weight in base will be the same flag that designates an item as catch weight during warehouse processes. The Inventory unit, purchase unit, and set up all sales units with a unit that has a “Mass” unit class.

A “CW unit” will need to be setup that will be the smallest physical unit by which the item is tracked. Ex. ea or cs. Next the CW unit needs to have a nominal weight assigned which will serve as the ideal weight for that unit. A maximum weight and minimum weight must be setup and will define the acceptable weight range for a single CW unit.

The configurations that are not a part of base and are 'setup' added by AWAX, are about defining how and when the weight of the catch weight item will be captured. These configurations are found on the released product under the Warehouse Management fast tab.

Operational Flows

CW Tag Tracked

This approach is used for items that do not change weight over time. CW tagged items will only have the product weight captured at the time of receipt. CW tags are applied to physical units of measure and are applied automatically with the “Auto generate CW tag Id” flag selected on the receiving menu item. This CW tag is not stored in inventory. During the inbound process, items you have the option to set it up to capture weight for the CW tag in two different ways.

  • Aggregate weight capture prompts for the full receipt quantity and the weight is spread evenly over all CW tags
  • Non-Aggregate weight capture, captures the weight of each individual CW tag.

CW tags are used for items that do not change weight over time. During the outbound process, instead of weighing the item and entering a weight, the picker will just be prompted to scan a CW tag and the weight that was assigned to the CW tag at the time of receiving is used during invoicing.

CW Capture

CW capture is used for items that change weight during storage and needs to have the weight captured during the outbound process as well the inbound process. During receiving, items are setup to have the weight captured in two different ways.

  • Aggregate weight capture will prompt for the full receipt quantity and the weight is spread evenly over the full receipt quantity.
  • Non-Aggregate weight capture will capture the weight per unitized quantity.

During this operational flow the outbound process will be captured as well. On the item, a weight capture method will need to be setup to determine if the user will capture weight by the individual CW unit or if they will capture the weight for the entire picking quantity. The time at which the weight is captured will also need to be setup. Configured items to capture weight during either picking or packing.

New Configurations

Item (Product Information Management>Common>Released Product Details>Warehouse Management Fast Tab)

  • Inbound Weight Capture Method
    • Aggregate – Captures the weight for the full receipt quantity.
    • Non-Aggregate- Captures the weight for the unitized quantity (license plate).
  • Outbound Weight Capture Method
    • Catch Weight Unit- Weight captured for each Catch Weight Unit being picked.
    • Picking Qty- Weight captured for entire quantity being picked.
  • Raw Material Weight Capture Method
    • Not Captured- Not prompted to enter weight during raw material picking.
    • Catch Weight Unit- Weight captured for each Catch Weight Unit being picked.
    • Picking Qty- Weight captured for entire quantity being picked.
  • Catch Weight Tag Tracked: Yes/No
    • Catch weight tags are used when you only want to capture item weight at the time of receipt.
    • Use catch weight tags for items that have a static weight.
  • When to Capture Weight Sales Order
    • Picking- Weight is captured on mobile device during picking.
    • Packing- Weight is captured on the pack screen during packing.
  • When to Capture Weight Transfer Order
    • Picking- Weight is captured on mobile device during picking.
    • Packing- Weight is captured on the pack screen during packing.

Menu Item (Warehouse Management>Setup>Mobile Device>Mobile Device Menu Item)

  • Auto generate CW Tag Id

Instead of entering the CW Tag Id during receipt, the Id is automatically populated with the next available number in the specified sequence.

(Released Product Details form. Catch Weight Item Settings)

Released Prod Det form

 

Released Prod Det form 2

(Mobile Device Picking Menu Item)

Mobile Device picking menuMobile Device picking 2

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