What HighJump Edge records
Data with which WMS HighJump Edge works and which is available to its users can be divided into two basic groups: key data and documents. All of these data are in the vast majority of cases automatically synchronised with the customer's ERP system, which keeps them updated, nevertheless autonomous work of WMS HighJump Edge is also possible (without data communication with the ERP system) when all data are entered and kept manually.
The fundamental key data kept by the system are key cards of goods, groups of goods, locations forming the warehouse map, business partners (suppliers and customers), transporters, services provided by transporters and transportations (planning of distribution of dispatched goods).
The fundamental documents that WMS HighJump Edge works with are purchase orders (background material for intake of goods), sales orders (background material for picking and dispatch of goods) and work orders (background material for picking of components and production of set or ready product).
Key cards of goods
Key cards of goods contain all of the necessary data about the given goods and therefore also determine the possibility of identifying them in the system. The basic and unique identifier of goods is its code used in the ERP system. Besides this identification code, the goods can then be identified by their code in the GS1 system (formerly EAN) and then electively with an arbitrary number of external codes (e.g. codes under which the goods are delivered by the supplier). WMS HighJump Edge then manages to automatically identify the goods after entering or scanning of anything from the stated codes.
The key card of goods also contains the name, the defined size of packaging (e.g. piece, carton, pallet), dimensions and mass for every size of packaging, standard supplier of goods, group of goods and a lot of other, universally non-obligatory data.
An important option of WMS HighJump Edge is the recording of goods attributes. The concept of goods attributes regards production batches or serial numbers. The system then records not only what stock there is and at what locations it is at the warehouse, but also the amount for individual batches or the specific serial numbers at the warehouse. Up to 10 attributes can be defined for any goods (typically e.g. colour and size for textile products).
Location (or also storage places or bins) in the WMS represent defined locations where the goods are stored. This can be physical locations (e.g. pallet cell in a rack) or logical locations (e.g. free space where the goods are stored temporarily). Every location has its code in the system and is also described by several basic attributes, which determine in what way it will be further utilisable for storage of goods.
Location is essentially split into two main categories: picking location and oversupply location. Picking locations are used as standard for picking of goods, smaller packaging or units are typically stored here and are usually easy to access without material handling technology in such a way that problem-free manual picking is enabled. Typically locations in lower, easy-access levels of racks are used as picking ones. Conversely, locations of oversupply are used for storing larger packaging of goods (typically pallets) and picking is as standard not enabled from them. In the event of the stock of given goods dropping to zero at picking locations or if it drops below a defined limit, supplementation of the picking location takes place from the oversupply location. Oversupply locations are typically located in the upper levels of the rack, usually in such a way that in the lower level the goods are located in the picking location and in the same column above it the same goods are stored on pallets. This enables simple manipulation with the goods during supplementation of the picking location.
Every location also has its type specified, which states whether one good or more goods can be stored in it and whether goods in multiple types of packaging can be stored in it (e.g. units and cartons).
Furthermore, it is possible to record dimensions and bearing capacity for a location and to allocate one of three identifiers to it. The accessibility identifier shows how accessible the location is within the arrangement of the warehouse and therefore also whether it is suitable for storing goods with large turnover. The size identifier shows what dimensions of goods the location is suitable for. The utilisation identifier defines what groups of goods the location is suitable for (e.g. the group of locations can be suitable for storage of dangerous chemicals, what group is suitable for storage of foodstuffs etc). The same identifiers can then be allocated to goods, so the system manages to run goods stacking so that the correct location is always used for storage of the given goods.
Location can be further associated in the system into larger units, which are storage zones. They can further be associated into warehouses and warehouses can also be associated if necessary into the largest unit, which is a geographical location. That enables central management of more warehouses at various locations by using the WMS HighJump Edge in such a way that workers from one warehouse or location do not have access to data for other warehouses.
HighJump Edge WMS works with a codebook of suppliers and a codebook of customers. Both of these codebooks are typically synchronised with the ERP system. Besides the code and name of the business partner, it is also possible to record his/her address, Company ID No., VAT No., and some other elective details. For customers then up to 3 addresses can be recorded: address of registered office, delivery address and invoicing address.
Purchase orders are in the vast majority of cases created in the ERP system and afterwards automatically transferred to HighJump Edge WMS. They are then used there as a background material for the intake of goods. After full or partial intake of goods for a certain purchase order, the details about physically received goods are transferred back to the ERP system, where subsequently an intake document is usually created automatically and goods are recorded there too for intake and stacking.
Sales orders (similarly to purchase orders) are usually created in the ERP system and afterwards transferred to HighJump Edge WMS, where they are used as background materials for picking the ordered goods, packing them and then dispatching them. The sales order goes through in the system by its life cycle, which is always indicated so the user always has an overview of what status the orders are in, whether they can be satisfied and whether work is already being done on covering them. Again like in the case of purchase orders, after picking and possible dispatch of goods, information is sent to the ERP system about physically picked goods and their amount. Then the relevant release documents are usually automatically generated here and the goods are also deleted here from the statuses of the warehouse.
Work orders represent in essence a background material for the creation of a set (kit), which is made up (possibly produced) of several components. The work order is created in the ERP system and contains information about the number of individual components that are to be picked and therefore also information about the number of sets (products) that are to be subsequently set up (produced) from them. Produced sets (products) can then be either immediately dispatched to the customer or can be stored back in the warehouse for later supplies.