Pulpo WMS manages different types of storage positions.
- Goods receipt "Accepted"
- Goods receipt "Rejected"
- Goods receipt "Cross-Dock"
- Storage position "Normal" (rules or specifications such as "Volume" or "Pick" are administered via types / categories)
- Storage position "Kitting"
- Storage position "quarantine"
- Pack position
- Shipping position
Basically, you can freely determine the nomenclature and number of positions. Barcodes are printed for each position.
For agile warehouses, these barcodes can also be applied to mobile items, e.g. Pilons are applied to quickly adapt to temporary needs and to optimally use the space in the warehouse.
For "normal" stock positions, we recommend using the Best Practice Standard:
- Hallway (Aisle)
- Level (vertical, starting from below)
- Position (horizontal, starting from the left)
You can download the excel file for the simplified warehouse example here: Link.
The following steps are recommended to document a warehouse layout.
- Create a layout with a view from above of the zones and racks (shelves).
- Define the number of positions per level in the racks.
To achieve this, the most practical thing is to use excel cells to represent the modules in a rack.
It is important to also include the aisles (they are usually perpendicular to the exit door of a warehouse as in the attached example) and the rows (which are usually parallel to the exit door).
Each rack module has a subdivision in a number of positions for each level.
If a rack module has for example 4 positions to store products at level 1, 2 positions at level 2 and another 2 positions at level 3 we put the following information in the excel cell:
4 being the lowest level in the rack.
To organize the numbers vertically it is important to use the (alt / option) key so that the numbers appear vertically within an excel cell.
If it is a location to store pallets on the ground there will only be a "1" inside the cell:
With this information Pulpo WMS creates the codes of each of the positions that later become bar codes to mark the positions.
Nomenclature: Zone- Asile-Row-Rack-Level
Zone 1 - Aisle 1 - Row 1 - Rack 1 - Level 1
This will be a unique position with the code 1-1-1-1-1-1
Remember that a position can be used to store several products or several pallets. At any time in the future you can create more positions if your company acquires more racks or defines different zones.
Example positions of a shelf (front view):
A well-defined nomenclature is important in many ways. It ensures that employees can easily coordinate in the warehouse. In addition, it ensures flexibility in changes in the warehouse, which in the event of "bad" nomenclature could possibly trigger the breaking of the logic, which in turn can negatively affect the effectiveness and efficiency of the employees.
Pulpo WMS can handle different warehouse layouts. By nomenclature and orientation from packing positions Pulpo WMS ensures the optimal route guidance.
Examples of layouts for customers: