Outbound scanning using pallets

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To have full traceability of how items are packaged this must be specfied in the outbound processs. The outbound scanning dialog in Ongoing WMS has this feature to enable you to efficiently scan items onto pallets or packages. With this type of scanning, it is possible to pick orders and put the scanned articles on pallets or in boxes on pallets. In Ongoing WMS, the space where the articles are put is referred to as pallet items. The difference between this scanning flow and batch pick scanning is that in the batch pick scanning one prepares multiple orders at the same time, and put the articles in labelled bins. With the outbound pallet scanning, one order is considered at the time and the packages are put on selected pallets or boxes on pallets.

The standard workflow is to first prepare the order to be picked in the system. The items which are to be picked are tied ("allocated") to the order. When this is done, the order can be processed in the hand-held unit. Whenever you scan an article, it is removed from stock. Progress can be easily monitored from the system. When all goods have been scanned, the order status is updated.

The following information can be displayed in the hand-held unit:

Pallet items

A pallet item is considered a space where to put articles, which can be either a pallet or a box on a pallet. In this scanning dialog, all articles are picked to pallet items and depending on if the checkbox Put box on pallet is checked the pallet item that the article is picked to may be put on/inside another pallet item. For instance, an article is picked to a box and that box is placed on a pallet. Both the box and the pallet in this example are pallet items.

Article number based scanning

Here is an illustration of the pallet scanning workflow.

Flow chart. Select order, Scan location, Scan article info, repeat if necessary.

Example scenario

In this example image we are almost done with the picking process. While picking we have created one pallet (indicated by the EP type in the pallet items table) and three packages (indicated by the PK type) that are placed on the pallet (indicated by the arrow). On the pallet (EP) there is one closed package (PK), indicated by an inactive close button, and two open packages (PK), indicated by an active close button. One of the packages (PK) is selected, indicated by the green color and since the package is on a pallet the pallet is also selected with a slightly different green color.

Scanning dialogue showing pallet items, different buttons, and goods to pick.

In the grey box a suggestion of an article to pick is shown.

Create/edit pallet item

You can manually create/edit pallet items inside the scanning dialog, where the following can be specified:

Manually creating pallet items is generally not necessary since picking an article while not having one selected will automatically create and select a new pallet item.

The Calculated weight column will be updated as articles are put onto the pallets. Manually inputting Weight can be used to override Calculated weight.

Print labels/reports

When a box is fully packed and closed it is possible to print a label containing the box contents. Here is an example of a box label containing a mix of different article numbers.
Box label containing a mix of article numbers

Another example when the box contains only one article number, it might make sense to print out that articles EAN barcode.
Box label containing a single article number

When closing the pallet containing all boxes it is possible to print a pack list for that pallet.
Pallet label containing its contents

When the order is fully picked you may print a delivery note containing references to the package ids the goods were picked in
Deliver note

When using a delivery management software for booking transport the pallet item information is sent to that system to generate the correct number of labels. In the example above we would generate one label for the pallet. Example using nShift Delivery
nShift labele

Outside scanning dialog

When an order has been picked, the pallet items and their contents can be found by expanding the order in the order view of your Ongoing WMS.

List of pallet items in the expanded view of of an order in the order list.