This blog post will focus on the implications behind three required setups for the use of license plates.
One of the new tools for tracking inventory in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3’s Warehouse Management module is license plating. License plates in AX are a unique ID that can be barcoded and assigned to a pallet, location, forklift, etc. They are useful in warehouses where inventory needs to be tracked at a more granular level than just a location. In a dock location, for example, license plating your pallets of incoming goods allows your forklift operators to know what inventory came from which shipment, as well as what they should be putting away first. License plates allow you to track back items reviewed in QC to a specific vendor, and offer an alternative to the higher-overhead lot tracking to handle FIFO in your warehouse. License plates are integrated with the AX 2012 R3 Warehouse Mobile Device and other functionality in the Warehouse Management module. This blog post will focus on the implications behind three required setups for the use of license plates; please note that depending on your requirements there may be more to do.
These are two of many scenarios, designed to give a clear picture of why it might make sense to not license-plate-track your entire warehouse. The configuration for this is done in Location Profiles, which are assigned to Locations. The option in question is called “Use license plate tracking”. This can be found in Warehouse Management -> Setup -> Warehouse Setup -> Location Profiles.
If your warehouse receives many boxes of an item that is combined onto a pallet, it makes sense for that pallet to share one license plate instead of putting one on each box of inventory. License plating boxes of goods requires a great deal of overhead in scanning for your warehouse team. This configuration is found in Unit Sequence Groups that are assigned to your released products; find this at Warehouse Management -> Setup -> Warehouse Setup -> Unit sequence groups. In the below screenshot this unit sequence group is configured to use Pieces, Boxes, and Pallets. Pieces and Boxes are meant to be grouped onto Pallets for license plating, but two pallets are not designed to be grouped together. A unit conversion from Pieces to Boxes to Pallets may be set up in the background.
The third setup to consider is your reservation hierarchy. The system is designed to not reserve goods down to a License Plate level; instead, it is designed to reserve goods at a location and automatically dictate a license plate to pick from if appropriate. This can be found at Warehouse Management -> Setup -> Inventory -> Reservation hierarchy. See my previous blog post on Reservation Hierarchies for more detail behind this functionality.
License plate functionality in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 is a powerful way of tracking goods in your warehouse, improving the effectivity of your warehouse mobile device, and efficiently managing staging areas. It is not to be confused with lot tracking, which requires a considerable amount of overhead but is also possible in AX 2012 R3. Warehouses wishing to use this for item receipt will need to have the advanced warehousing functionality enabled along with a number of other configurations in order to work properly. Stay tuned for future blog posts on AX 2012 R3 WMS systems and other functionality.
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