Optimize and Orchestrate Work
Lucas Engage optimizes work assignments across tasks (picking, cross-dock, receiving, replenishment, etc.), and orchestrates hands-on processes among workers using Lucas Move mobile applications. It can be hosted in the cloud, on-site or in a private network.
Engage uses advanced mathematical models to optimize work assignments across tasks (picking, cross-dock, receiving, replenishment, etc.). It allows DCs to reengineer processes, interleave multiple tasks in a single workflow (such as picking and replenishment or picking and cycle counting), and to adapt operations to changing customer and market requirements without changing a line of code in their host or WMS systems.
Dynamic Work Optimization
The optional Dynamic Work Optimization (DWO) tool within Lucas Engage uses advanced mathematical models to reduce travel, increase pick density, and optimize the use of labor and other DC resources. For travel-intensive activities like putaway, replenishment and picking, the tool calculates the shortest path and optimal work sequence, significantly reducing travel compared to completing work assignment based simply on numerical warehouse sequence. For batch picking processes, the tool applies advanced algorithms developed by Lucas to create optimized batch assignments that maximize pick density and minimize travel. Working together, the batch and travel path optimizations can reduce average travel time by 50 percent or more. Learn more about DWO here.
Configurable Assignment Creation
Engage can import and manage work assignments defined by a WMS, but for DCs looking to reduce travel and improve efficiency, it allows you to group and manage customer orders and work assignments in different ways for different warehouse areas, groups of users, or order types, based on pre-defined business rules. For example, Engage allows you to create higher-pick densities and different picking workflows for slow or fast-moving items without changing WMS workflows. And the assignment creation rules can be managed by on-site personnel, rather than IT staff (the rules are managed using the Engage Management Dashboard).
Flexible Work Distribution
Picking, replenishment and other work assignments may be pushed to users, pulled by user (i.e., voice user will request a specific customer order, etc.), or a combination. Managers can also manage the priority and distribution of work via Engage.
Work Orchestration For Mobile Workers
Lucas Engage coordinates tasks among users working with Lucas Move mobile applications, allowing work to be passed and completed by multiple people. It also manages task interleaving, real-time exception processing (such as updating pick assignments based on stock outs), and pre- and post-assignment label printing, among others.