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Picking based on size of the carton

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Hi All,

Challenge: Proposal of picking location based on required container size.

I have requirement based on the carton size. I have two packing lines in the warehouse where the packing happens. Line 1 has only one fixed size (Size A) of carton. While Line 2 has cartons with different sizes (Size B, Size C and Size D). Picking locations are located right next to the lines and the warehouse worker picks item and places it in the carton. The carton is then sent to Baydoor. Priority is given to Line 1.

Scenario 1: Sales order has three Products on it. And the three products fits in Size A. Requirement - System should propose the carton (Size A) to use and propose pick location near to Line 1.

Scenario 2: Sales order has three Products on it. And the three products fits in Size C. Requirement - System should propose the carton (Size C) to use and propose the picking location near to Line 2.

I have setup the Container types - Grouped them into one. But when I release the order to warehouse, system proposes the picking location of location near to line 1 irrespective of the container type (Container type is proposed correctly) as Locations near Line 1 has the priority in Location directive. I have not found any option to control the picking logic based on the container type.

Further, when I see the wave execution, first the Location directive decides the location, then the work template gets executed and then the container is decided. So there is now way I can use 'Containerization' method to control the location directive. Please note packing is more or less automated.

I think I am missing some options here. I am hoping that someone has already implemented this. Any suggestions are really appreciated.

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  • Rajat Rai Profile Picture
    Rajat Rai 295 on at
    RE: Picking based on size of the carton

    Thanks Allen. I really appreciate you taking out time to help.

    Regards,

    Rajat

  • Allen Dejoux Profile Picture
    Allen Dejoux on at
    RE: Picking based on size of the carton

    You are correct, I have been searching for other solutions as well. Since, location directives are going to be triggered for each line, and that's before the containerization process occurs. This fact alone means that we can't base the pick location on the calculated container size.

    Maybe someone else within the community has found a solution.

  • Rajat Rai Profile Picture
    Rajat Rai 295 on at
    RE: Picking based on size of the carton

    Hi Allen,

    My apologies, it took some time for me to understand your proposed solution. And I did try it. Unfortunately, work template is just sorting the Locations which are already decided by the Location directive. And in my scenario, Location directive already finalized the locations near to Line 1 and work template just sorted them. Location directive never considered the required container size.

    Thanks for helping.

    Regards,

    Rajat

  • Rajat Rai Profile Picture
    Rajat Rai 295 on at
    RE: Picking based on size of the carton

    Hi Allen,

    No I am not using the sort codes. As we are not sorting after the packing. Once the packing is done cartons will be automatically released to the baydoor. The challenge is to deicide the picking location before packing.

    I did explore the option of utilizing sort code but I understand it only helps with 'Put' action. But still as you suggested, I will explore a bit more to see if I can find a work-around using this option.

    Thanks,

    Rajat

  • Allen Dejoux Profile Picture
    Allen Dejoux on at
    RE: Picking based on size of the carton

    Hi,  are you also using sort codes on locations and then using the sort codes on the work templates to then sort?

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