System-Directed Put-Away

This document explains the concept of system-directed put-away.

The purpose of this method is to increase the efficiency in the warehouse by letting M3 BE search for, find, and suggest the best locations for goods put-away.

Outcome

The function program used for retrieving put-away locations is called MMRTVPAL.

This method uses a rule-based system to retrieve warehouse locations as a suggestion for putting stock away in the warehouse. The location retrieved will be dependent on the put-away strategy being used, the characteristics of the item (such as the ABC frequency class), and the quantity being put away. The same rules are used throughout the system regardless of the type of order being received.

Whenever a put-away location is suggested to a user in M3 BE, that location is found according to the rules of system-directed put-away. If a suitable location cannot be found, the location is left blank and the user must suggest a location, which will then be checked for limitations such as weight, volume and fill rate.

Note that if the quantity being received cannot be put into a single location (such as multiple pallets into a zone containing only single pallet racks), then no location will be suggested by the system. In this case, the user should start the 'Select stock locations' function, which is available from all stock receipt functions, usually by pressing function key F16.

Before you start

Refer to the settings in Basic Settings for System-Directed Put-Away.

Planning steps for put-away location setup

Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) storage methods

For each item, you can select from these storage methods:

Methods for selecting put-away location

During put-away, you can select from three different methods to select a put-away location:

Selection logic

The system goes through five steps when searching for locations. The first two are only used if the quantity being put away is less than a multiple (that is, the normal quantity for the location found).

  1. Try partly empty locations from connected location groups (current fill rate is < 100%). Return only a location if the full quantity or full multiple can be put away.

  2. Try partly empty locations according to the normal location type and stock zone search. Return only a location if the full quantity or full multiple can be put away.

  3. Try empty locations from connected location groups. Return a location according to rules *).

    Locations within each location group are searched by location type according to the setup in 'Item. Connect Stock Location Type' (MMS057).

  4. Try empty locations according to the normal location type and stock zone search. Return a location according to rules*.

    Locations are searched by location type according to the setup in (MMS057)

  5. Try the primary location from MITBAL.

    *) The rules referred to are:

    • Quantity multiple
    • Weight, volume and fill rate limits
    • ABC code restrictions

Selection logic - Suggest empty location(s)

Regardless of the logic used for finding the empty location, this flow describes those criteria that is used to determine suggestions on Empty Location(s).

For more information, see NCR 4711 available on Infor Support Portal.

The use of multiples

Multiples are used during put-away to determine these:

The methods to find a multiple's quantity

The multiple's quantity is found according to first of these methods that applies:

  1. According to the normal quantity found for the location type in (MMS057)

  2. According to the order multiple for the item/vendor combination (only applies to purchase order receipts)

  3. According to the order multiple on 'Item. Connect Warehouse' (MMS002/F).

Manual override of system-directed put-away

Examples of system-directed put-away

  1. Preferred buffer location

    Receive full pallet

  2. Use distribution ID

    Receive full pallet

  3. Preferred buffer location

    Receive partly filled pallet

    Fill partly empty locations

  4. Location type sequences

    Receive partly filled pallet

    Fill partly empty locations

  5. Location type sequences

    Receive partly filled pallet

    Minimum quantity on location

    No requirements to fill partly empty locations

  6. Use primary (standard) location

    Receive partly filled pallet

    Minimum quantity on put-away location

    No requirements to fill partly empty locations

  7. Use primary (standard) location

    Receive full pallet plus partly filled pallet

    No items will need manual put-away.

Settings in M3 - Valid for all the examples

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