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Release Notes for Version 2.3a
Advanced Inventory Management Version: 2.3a
MFG/PRO compatibility for 2.3a: eB, initial release through Service Pack 5
eB2, initial release through Service Pack 5
Supported languages: US English, German, Castilian Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Dutch, French
Date: October 15, 2004
Installation Guide: Advanced Inventory Management item 78-0628B
User Guide: Advanced Inventory Management item 78-0591B
New Features
The following sections describe the most significant changes and fixes introduced with this version of AIM.
1
Batch-picking functionality was added to enhance picking tasks for radio data terminal (RDT) users. RDTs are also known as radio frequency (RF) devices. See Batch Picking.
2
A new Batch Picking Control File (80.15.24) was added to the Detail Picking Menu (80.15). See Batch Picking Control Program.
3
A new Program X-Reference (80.24.21.3) was added to cross reference standard MFG/PRO programs with programs you modify to work with AIM, for example, for localization purposes. The system places any records you enter into a new table named rund. See Cross-Referencing Program Names.
4
All hard-coded program names were removed from AIM. For a list of hard-coded programs, see Hard-Coded Program Names.
5
A default work location group (WLG) was added to the RF warehouse maintenance system. Previously, if you left the work location group (zone) that you are picking in blank, the system combined all work location groups associated with you as one work location group. A new user Work Loc Group (WLG) field was added to User-Work Location Group Maintenance (80.19.5). This field defines the WLG to which RF users belong and that they enter in the WLocGP field in the RF login screen. When RF users specify the default work location group in User-Work Location Group Maintenance, AIM only selects tasks corresponding to the WLG and for the task types assigned to the RF user.
6
Check digit functionality exists for warehouse staff when batch picking items from storage locations, if Check Digit is set to Yes in Storage Location Group Maintenance (80.3.1) and a check digit value is specified in Location Maintenance (80.3.13.1). Check digit functionality does not existing when moving items to containers during picking.
Batch Picking
Batch picking lets warehouse staff pick items in a more efficient method. The time it takes to travel through the warehouse completing tasks at various locations, or the travel sequence, constitutes the largest amount of time involved when picking items from a warehouse. Batch-picking functionality reorders the order-picking sequence and tasks so that warehouse staff can pick multiple items from multiple orders at various locations throughout the warehouse with a shortened travel sequence.
Batch-picking functionality is applicable when picking the following:
Small items with small values from multiple order lines
Multi-bin items for a single order
Batch-picking functionality calculates the smallest difference in location from the warehouse staff’s current location, letting them pick several small items from the same storage location for several different orders, then move to the next storage location nearest their current location to pick items from that location. For multi-bin orders, warehouse staff can build a pallet with large boxes of large items for one order with a shortened time sequence through the warehouse. You can also specify the maximum number of orders to pick.
Warehouse with WLGs depicts a warehouse with three work location groups (WLGs) and the dock where items are shipped. There are six locations (Loc 1 through Loc 6) in various areas of each WLG. Each location stores a finished good (FG 1 through FG 6).
Warehouse with WLGs
Without batch picking, warehouse staff pick the items for orders for their assigned tasks, making several trips to and from each location to the dock or shipping area. Picking Tasks depicts nine tasks to pick items from six different locations.
Picking Tasks
Batch-picking functionality reorders the order-picking sequence and tasks so that warehouse staff can pick the items for different orders with a shortened travel sequence, as shown in Reordered Travel Sequence.
Reordered Travel Sequence
Unlike bulk picking, batch picking uses a sort-by-pick methodology. Warehouse staff can pick items from the same location for multiple orders while keeping the orders separated in different containers (boxes or totes) on their cart. Optionally, they can merge items for orders into a container, as long as orders use the same pre-shipper and you set control options to merge orders.
Separated Orders During Pick depicts a typical warehouse cart that staff use to pick orders. The cart contains six boxes for six separate orders. The RF device displays the pick tasks for the orders. Staff can scan either the location, item, lot/serial number, reference, or quantity picked from the location or scan the container—such as a box, tote, or pallet—that they pick to, depending on control settings.
Separated Orders During Pick
Batch picking lets RF users select and pick items from a mixed group of the following order types:
Sales orders
Work orders
Distribution orders
When staff log onto the RF and specify their WLG, the RF lets them select orders from the following:
Only sales orders
All orders (work or distribution orders, or combinations of sales, work, and distribution orders)
Batch-picking functionality searches and reorganizes the tasks for the orders by:
1
Travel sequence, if defined
2
Location name in alphabetical order if no travel sequence is specified
Note: Specify location names and define the travel sequence in Location Maintenance (80.3.13.1).
You can set control options so that the RF device displays picking tasks by order, customer, or pre-shipper.
At any time during the picking process, warehouse staff can press F3 in the RF to display the order picking status. AIM displays pick information per order, including the item number, the quantity already picked, and the quantity remaining to pick.
Order comments are visible for sales and distribution orders on the RF screen. If order header comments exist, warehouse staff can display the header comments by pressing F2. Once staff select a sales or distribution order, an asterisk displays beside the order number on the picking screen if order comments exist. Staff can press F2 on any field in the picking screen to view the order line comments.
Note: For work orders, comments only exist at the header level, not at the line level.
Once warehouse staff complete all picks from the selection, the system directs them to the location where they transfer the reference.
Batch picking supports configured items.
Batch Picking Example
You have three sales orders with various quantities of six finished goods, located at six different locations. When you print the pre-shipper for the sales orders from within MFG/PRO, the system initiates AIM batch-picking functionality. The picklist and tasks state that you have nine tasks to pick six different items FG1 through FG6 for the three orders as depicted in Picking Tasks. Tasks for Three Orders lists the pick tasks for the three orders.
Tasks for Three Orders
 
Order
Qty
Item
Tasks
Order 1
3
FG1
1
 
4
FG2
4
 
2
FG3
2
 
 
 
 
Order 2
5
FG2
5
 
2
FG3
3
 
4
FG5
8
 
 
 
 
Order 3
1
FG5
9
 
2
FG6
6
 
2
FG4
7
There is a box needed per order. You set the reference as a box and the first box ID to start at ID 1285622. AIM Reordered Tasks shows how AIM reorders the tasks by location. The locations are now restructured to shorten the travel sequence, but actual picking of quantities and the orders themselves have not changed.
AIM Reordered Tasks
 
Location
Item
Qty
Order No
Box No.
Loc 1
FG1
3
Order 1
 
1285622
Loc 2
FG2
4
Order 1
1285622
 
FG2
5
Order 2
1285623
Loc 3
FG3
2
Order 1
1285622
 
FG3
2
Order 2
 
1285623
Loc 4
FG4
2
Order 3
 
1285624
Loc 5
FG5
4
Order 2
1285623
 
FG5
1
Order 3
 
1285624
Loc 6
FG6
2
Order 3
1285624
Batch Picking Control Program
For batch picking, you complete all setup tasks using a new Batch Picking Control File (80.15.24). Specify options in the program for determining settings such as order types, RF device, printing labels, displaying tasks, scanning during the pick tasks, and containers.
Batch Picking Control File (80.15.24) shows the Batch Picking Control program. Fields that relate to containers set options for the container into which staff place picked items, while fields that relate to scanning set options for the warehouse location and containers from which items are picked. Field explanations follow the figure.
Batch Picking Control File (80.15.24)
Site
Enter the site to use for batch picking.
Warehouse
Enter the warehouse to use for batch picking.
Include Sales Order?
Indicate whether AIM includes sales orders for batch picking.
No: The system does not include sales orders for batch picking.
Yes: The system includes sales orders for batch picking. If you set this field to Yes, but set Include Distribution Order and Include Work Order to No, warehouse staff specify Batch Pick-SO from the RF selection screen to select only sales orders for picking. If distribution and work orders are included along with sales orders, staff specify Batch Pick-ALL from the RF selection screen. Sales orders display with an S preceding the order number.
Include Distribution Order?
Indicate whether AIM includes distribution orders for batch picking.
No: The system does not include distribution orders for batch picking.
Yes: The system includes distribution orders for batch picking. Warehouse staff specify Batch Pick-ALL from the RF selection screen to select distribution orders. Distribution orders display with the letter D preceding the order number.
Include Work Order?
Indicate whether AIM includes work orders for batch picking.
No: The system does not include work orders for batch picking.
Yes: The system includes work orders for batch picking. Warehouse staff specify Batch Pick-ALL from the RF selection screen to select work orders. Work orders display with the letter W preceding the order number.
SO Batch Selection
Indicate whether AIM displays customers, orders, or pre-shippers when selecting from the RF screen. The system displays the following options for this field at the bottom of the screen:
C=Customer O=Order P=Preshipper
The system validates your specification here against Generalized Codes Maintenance (36.2.13).
Customer: AIM displays customer IDs to select from in the RF screen. You define customers in Address Detail Maintenance (80.14.17).
Order (the default): AIM displays sales order numbers to select from in the RF screen. The system displays sales orders by priority, then due date. The system checks order priority in Sales Order Maintenance (80.14.3). The priority defaults from Address Detail Maintenance (80.14.17) when you create a new order. You can also manually update priority in Address Detail Maintenance by entering a date in the Priority field.
Preshipper: AIM displays pre-shipper numbers to select from in the RF screen. The priority defaults from the Priority field in Address Detail Maintenance (80.14.17).
Allow Merge Orders
Indicate whether warehouse staff can combine items from different orders into containers. The items can be from separate orders but must have the same pre-shipper.
No: Do not combine items from different orders into the same container.
Yes: Combine items from different orders and the same pre-shipper into the same container.
AutoSel
Indicate whether or not AIM automatically selects orders with the highest priority.
No (the default): Warehouse staff can select orders for batch picking.
Yes: AIM selects orders with the highest priority for picking. The orders are marked with an asterisk (*) on the RF screen. Staff must pick for orders in the order that they display on the RF; they cannot scroll to the bottom of the list or skip orders.
Maximum Selection
Enter the maximum number of sales orders, pre-shippers, or customers that can be grouped for one picking session. The system displays the orders with the highest priority.
Maximum Picked Cases
Enter the maximum number of cartons/totes/boxes that warehouse staff can pick at the same time. You cannot leave this field blank. This number typically depends on the capacity of the cart. When selecting orders from the RF, staff cannot select more orders, customers, or pre-shippers than the maximum number of picked cases.
Container/Reference
Specify whether to pick to a container or enter the container reference number. When batch picking for multiple orders, the containers are typically boxes or totes. When batch picking for multi-bin orders, the containers are typically pallets. Containers apply to sales orders, while reference applies to distribution and work orders.
Container: Pick items to a container. This option is only applicable to sales orders. Typically, warehouse staff scan the containers to register the container with the system. For sales orders that are picked for the first time, the default is blank. Once the container is scanned, that container ID is the default for each subsequent task.
Reference: Enter the reference ID at the RF device, such as the box, tote, or pallet ID. This option is always for distribution and work orders because containerization is not available for these order types.
Container Sequence ID
Enter the starting sequence ID for box/tote/container numbers. You specify the sequence IDs in Sequence Definition Maintenance (80.24.1).
Container Item
Enter the item number of the container.
Container UM
Enter the unit of measure for the container. For example, if batch picking multi-bin items to a pallet, enter the pallet ID as the UM.
Modified
This field is display only and depicts the date that control values were last modified and the user who modified them.
Scan Location?
Indicate whether to scan the location from which items are picked.
No: Do not scan the location label or barcode from which items are picked.
Yes: Warehouse staff can access the Location field on the RF and scan. To make scanning mandatory, mark the Required field next to the scan option field.
Note: Pressing Enter while in the Required field selects or deselects the requirement.
Scan Item?
Indicate whether to scan the item being picked.
No: Do not scan the item when picking.
Yes: Warehouse staff can access the Item field on the RF and scan. To make scanning mandatory, mark the Required field next to the scan option field.
Scan Lot/Serial?
Indicate whether to scan the lot/serial number for the picking location.
No: Do not scan the lot/serial number when picking.
Yes: Warehouse staff can access the Lot/Serial field on the RF and scan. To make scanning mandatory, mark the Required field next to the scan option field.
Scan Reference?
Indicate whether to scan the destination reference when picking.
No: Do not scan the reference ID when picking.
Yes: Warehouse staff can access the Reference field on the RF and scan. To make scanning mandatory, mark the Required field next to the scan option field.
Scan Quantity?
Indicate whether to scan the quantity picked.
No: Do not scan the quantity picked.
Yes: Warehouse staff can access the Quantity field and scan. To make scanning mandatory, mark the Required field next to the scan option field.
Single Packing Location
Indicate whether batch-picked items are for a single-packing location. For example, if you use a single-shipping location as the packing location, set this option to Yes. Locations are defined in AIM Location Maintenance (80.3.13.1). Specify a default packing location in Default Packing Location.
No: There are multiple packing locations.
Yes: There is a single packing location. The system eliminates an RF screen since all picks from all references go to the same destination. Once picking tasks are complete and confirmed as completed, the RF screen displays the selection screen with the default location in the To Location field.
Default Packing Location
Specify a default packing location. Locations are defined in AIM Location Maintenance (80.3.13.1)
Label Print Option
Indicate whether labels print automatically, not at all, or if the system prompts to print labels after the order selection is complete but before picking begins. You must specify the print program in Label Print Program. The system prints UCC128/EAN128-format labels for cases, empty boxes, or totes that do not already have a label. Use the look-up browse to select an option.
0: Never print labels at the end of picking.
1: Always print labels at the end of picking.
2: Prompt RF user to print labels at the end of picking.
Note: To specify printing after picking, set Postprint Option to Yes.
Printing before picking is useful when staff perform multiple order picking. Warehouse staff can print labels for containers, scan the labels, then use the scanned data to ensure that each order is put into the right container. Use the look-up browse to select an option.
Postprint Option
Indicate whether labels print automatically after picking, not at all, or if the system prompts to postprint labels.
0: Never postprint labels.
1: Always postprint labels.
2: Prompt to postprint labels.
Printing after picking—postprinting—is useful when warehouse staff know the exact contents of the box, tote, or pallet to which they picked items. If you use batch picking for multi-bin pickup with only one pallet, staff typically use post-printed labels, not preprinted labels.
Label Print Program
Specify the print program to use when printing labels. AIM ships with the whpripkz.p print program, which is Loftware-format compatible. You can edit whpripkz.p, using a standard text editor; rename the program; then, enter it here.
Close Option
Indicate whether to close containers when they are full and release the order. Use the look-up browse to select a close option.
0: Never Release Order. The system closes the pick. All other tasks associated with the order, customer, or pre-shipper are not dependent upon completing the pick task. Warehouse staff cannot open a new tote or box during the current pick, but can continue picking for the order later.
1: Always Release Order. New boxes or totes can be created to replace a box or tote that is full. The system prints a new label for the new box or tote, depending upon Label Print Option and Postprint Option settings.
2: Prompt for Releasing Order. The system prompts to release the order.
RF Screen Height
Specify the number of lines that display on the RF screen. The default is 0 (zero); however, for RF screen readability, enter a number between 6 and 20.
Logical Format
Indicate whether RF users enter logical values 1/0 or Yes/No. Yes/No is applicable to RF devices that have a keyboard.
This field is mandatory. Enter the forward slash (/) with either the 1/0 or Yes/No. The system treats the value preceding the slash as positive, and the value following the slash as negative.
Note: Entering characters without the slash can cause errors in interpretation. For example, if RF users specify 10, the system interprets the number 10 as negative.
1/0: RF users can enter the number 1 for positive and 0 (zero) for negative responses.
Yes/No: RF users can type Yes or No on the keypad.
Undo Available
Indicate whether the system prompts to undo picking tasks and leave the batch picking process on the RF when the RF user presses cancel (F4) during picking.
No: RF users are not prompted to undo tasks and leave picking functions after they press cancel.
Yes: If RF users press cancel on the RF screen during picking, the system first displays a prompt to exit the process. If the user specifies Yes, the system displays a prompt to undo and leave picking tasks. If Yes, the system rolls back all completed picks and sets pick tasks to unassigned. Upon exiting the picking process, the system sets confirmed to No or 0 (zero).
Note: RF use of Yes/No or 1/0 depends upon control settings.
Cross-Referencing Program Names
If you customize program names, for example, for localization purposes, use Program X-Reference Maintenance (80.24.21.3) to cross-reference MFG/PRO program names with your customized program names. Program X-Reference Maintenance (80.24.21.3) depicts the Program X-Reference Maintenance screen.
Program X-Reference Maintenance (80.24.21.3)
MFG/PRO Program
Enter the name of the MFG/PRO program that you customized.
Custom Program
Enter the new name of the customized program.
Description
Enter a short description of the cross-referenced programs.
Hard-Coded Program Names
Some AIM triggers were based on program names that were hard coded within some AIM programs. With AIM 2.3, program names are no longer hard-coded. eB Programs with Hard-Coded Names lists eB (91) programs with hard-coded names:
eB Programs with Hard-Coded Names
 
chr/aimsrc/cpdtrig.p
chr/aimsrc/whenckpk.p
chr/aimsrc/whexecmt.p
chr/aimsrc/whextask.i
chr/aimsrc/whgptric.i
chr/aimsrc/whgptrrf.i
chr/aimsrc/whiccccl.p
chr/aimsrc/whicedai.i
chr/aimsrc/whicladd.i
chr/aimsrc/whicldd.i
chr/aimsrc/whicldw.i
chr/aimsrc/whldd.p
chr/aimsrc/whldw.p
chr/aimsrc/whlmupd1.i
chr/aimsrc/whmfgexe.i
chr/aimsrc/whmupd1.i
chr/aimsrc/whomcred.i
chr/aimsrc/whomsobw.i
chr/aimsrc/whomsodw.i
chr/aimsrc/whomwow.i
chr/aimsrc/whpklad.p
chr/aimsrc/whpklev.i
chr/aimsrc/whprida.i
chr/aimsrc/whprparm.p
chr/aimsrc/whprtfa.i
chr/aimsrc/whrpauto.i
chr/aimsrc/whrundd.t
chr/aimsrc/whtrclip.i
chr/aimsrc/whtrclm3.p
chr/aimsrc/whtrw.p
chr/aimsrc/whumrfip.i
chr/aimsrc/whwindob.i
chr/qadsrc/eB/ir/icsrup2.p
chr/qadsrc/eB/ir/icsrup.p
chr/qadsrc/eB/ir/whsisl01.p
chr/qadsrc/eB/ir/sosob1.p
chr/qadsrc/eB/sp1/icsrup2.p
chr/qadsrc/eB/sp1/icsrup.p
chr/qadsrc/eB/sp1/whsisl01.p
chr/qadsrc/eB/sp1/sosob1.p
chr/qadsrc/eB/sp2/icsrup2.p
chr/qadsrc/eB/sp2/icsrup.p
chr/qadsrc/eB/sp2/whsisl01.p
chr/qadsrc/eB/sp2/sosob1.p
chr/qadsrc/eB/sp3/icsrup2.p
chr/qadsrc/eB/sp3/icsrup.p
chr/qadsrc/eB/sp3/whsisl01.p
chr/qadsrc/eB/sp3/sosob1.p
chr/qadsrc/eB/sp4/icsrup2.p
chr/qadsrc/eB/sp4/icsrup.p
chr/qadsrc/eB/sp4/whsisl01.p
chr/qadsrc/eB/sp4/sosob1.p
chr/qadsrc/eB/sp5/icsrup2.p
chr/qadsrc/eB/sp5/icsrup.p
chr/qadsrc/eB/sp5/whsisl01.p
chr/qadsrc/eB/sp5/sosob1.p
install/compile/aim.wrk
install/data/aim/rund.d
eB2 Programs with Hard-Coded Names lists eB2 programs with hard-coded names.
eB2 Programs with Hard-Coded Names
 
chr/qadsrc/eB2/ir/icsrup.p
chr/qadsrc/eB2/ir/icsrup2.p
chr/qadsrc/eB2/ir/sosob1.p
chr/qadsrc/eB2/ir/whsisl01.p
chr/qadsrc/eB2/sp1/icsrup.p
chr/qadsrc/eB2/sp1/icsrup2.p
chr/qadsrc/eB2/sp1/sosob1.p
chr/qadsrc/eB2/sp1/whsisl01.p
chr/qadsrc/eB2/sp2/icsrup.p
chr/qadsrc/eB2/sp2/icsrup2.p
chr/qadsrc/eB2/sp2/sosob1.p
chr/qadsrc/eB2/sp2/whsisl01.p
chr/qadsrc/eB2/sp3/icsrup.p
chr/qadsrc/eB2/sp3/icsrup2.p
chr/qadsrc/eB2/sp3/sosob1.p
chr/qadsrc/eB2/sp3/whsisl01.p
chr/qadsrc/eB2/sp4/icsrup.
chr/qadsrc/eB2/sp4/icsrup2.p
chr/qadsrc/eB2/sp4/sosob1.p
chr/qadsrc/eB2/sp4/whsisl01.p
chr/qadsrc/eB2/sp5/icsrup.p
chr/qadsrc/eB2/sp5/icsrup2.p
chr/qadsrc/eB2/sp5/sosob1.p
chr/qadsrc/eB2/sp5/whsisl01.p
Fixes
1
Tasks are filtered correctly now. You no longer see tasks:
In the Next Task frame if you are not assigned to the task type or assigned to the work location group (WLG)
If the task has a 0 (zero) priority.
Note: The higher the number, the higher the priority.
2
The cancel function (F4) is disabled now while RF users confirm picking tasks. Previously, the cancel function was not disabled and RF users could inadvertently cancel picked items while attempting to cancel an RF screen.