What Are The Functions of A Warehouse Control System?
- Exchanging necessary information with the host or WMS to manage automated material handling functions in a warehouse or DC.
- Coordinating activities across various material handling sub-systems.
- Determining the most efficient routing of products and transmitting directives to the equipment controllers.
- Assigning cartons to divert locations.
- Real-time monitoring, controlling and diagnostics of automated systems based on data collected from system-level controllers and sensors.
What Are The Advantages?
- Smooth end-to-end workflow amongst warehouse workers and equipment
- Optimized product routes and improved resource assignment
- Improved visibility in day-to-day tasks
- Increased efficiency of material handling sub-systems
- Storage optimization
How Does A WCS Compare To A WMS?
A warehouse management system specializes in managing the flow of inventory within a company’s distribution center(s), assigning labor tasks and tracking orders from receipt to shipping, as well as reporting capabilities. A WMS, however, does not manage equipment and machines, put-to-light systems, sorters, conveyors, AS/RS, cartons, etc.
Warehouse management systems know the inventory flow of the company as a whole, but it needs a WCS to provide information on where items, cartons and pallets are as they move among automated systems within the four walls of a distribution center or warehouse.
For those who operate a highly-automated facility, warehouse control systems are very important to ensure the site runs smoothly and orders are tracked as they move through the facility on automation systems.
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