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Integration between Ongoing WMS and Autostore

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Introduction

AutoStore offers robotic storage automation that makes warehouses both space and time efficient. Learn more about AutoStore's automation systems by watching this video.
Also see the automation hardware page for information on examples of automation hardware, used with Ongoing WMS, and how it may be used.

Overview of an AutoStore robot system
AutoStore example installation.

The integration between Ongoing WMS and AutoStore is provided by Element Logic, who are specialized on AutoStore automation systems.
Contact Element Logic if you want to know more about the integration of AutoStore automation solutions in Ongoing WMS.

Workflow

Using AutoStore warehouse automation with Ongoing WMS is straight forward and easy. The storage logic inside an AutoStore warehouse is mainly handled by the EWMS application which integrates with Ongoing WMS.

The workflow of an AutoStore warehouse automation system may be divided into putting away and picking up goods. From Ongoing WMS' point of view, the AutoStore system can be seen as a lift automation system. The lift is in the basic configuration represented by three warehouse locations, Lift, Lift_In and Lift_Out. Lift is the storage location of the goods whereas Lift_In and Lift_Out are used for putting away and picking up the goods.

The workflow can be illustrated as:

Autostore Workflow
Overview about the integration flow between Ongoing WMS and eManager (previously EWMS)

Putaway to AutoStore

To store goods in the AutoStore warehouse automation system:

  1. Move the goods to the input area of the system (Lift_In). Do this physically and in Ongoing WMS.
  2. Doing this will notify EWMS to move the the lift (or conveyor belt) and store the goods.
  3. When the lift is done putting the goods away, it communicates with Ongoing WMS and moves the goods to the Lift's storage location.

Pick from AutoStore

To pick up goods from the AutoStore warehouse automation system:

  1. Create an order in Ongoing WMS.
  2. When the order is allocated, Ongoing WMS creates a move order that is sent to the lift.
  3. Complete the move order in the EWMS application.
  4. The lift then picks the desired items and moves them from the locations Lift to Lift_Out.
  5. The items should now be ready for picking.