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Start E-WMS client application from Exact Globe Next 411 menu

Written by Wilfred Bossenbroek on . Posted in Exact Globe

When you are using E-WMS for demo or testing purposes, and only want to run the scanner application on your desktop, then from product update 411 you can start WMSclient directly from new Exact Globe Next menu WMS, Entry, Scanner – without the need of installing or configuring IIS server, or installing WMSclient.msi !

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This will start WMSclient, automatically selecting the currect active company and in a preset resolution of 480 x 640:

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More information can be found here.

Using manufacturing and E-WMS ? Check what’s coming this year … !

Written by Wilfred Bossenbroek on . Posted in Exact Globe

 

 

This year you can expect some nice enhancements in E-WMS Production.

In product update 406 (expected Q2 2013), we will offer extra settings in E-WMS Production Receipts, which will enable you to simplify and automate your receipt process. You will be able to just scan the production order number, confirm the expected quantity by pressing ‘Enter’, and voila: the receipt is done and input is ready for the next production order. When running the WMS service for automatic read back and processing, you can also automatically print a label, which would appear a few seconds later.

The extra settings will be features like: returning to input of production order, item code or location after completing a scan, and prefilling and skipping input of warehouse, location and item code. In item maintenance, you will be able to configure a ‘default production quantity’.

Click on this screen to watch a demo video:

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In the same release we will improve support for ‘operations’ or ‘steps’ in E-WMS Production Issues. Instead of scanning (entering) an ‘operation’ code, you will now enter a ‘step’ code, which is more accurate than the operation code. The Exact Globe Next SDK will be changed to allow passing a specific ‘step’ code for an extra material issue, so in E-WMS ‘free’ material issue scanning, the entered step code can now be processed, instead of using the default step code ‘DFOP001’.

Somewhat further down the road, in release 407 (expected early Q4 2013), we plan support of crossdocking for production materials. This means, you are receiving ordered raw materials which are required for production orders planned for today or tomorrow. While scanning that receipt, E-WMS will give you an advice to put these goods directly to a specific location (probably on the production floor) instead of storing these in the warehouse.

Cross docking was already available in E-WMS scanning of purchase receipt and production receipts, of items required for sales orders.

 

E-WMS in product update 404 – sneak peek on the new UI

Written by Wilfred Bossenbroek on . Posted in Exact Globe

With Exact Globe product update 404, E-WMS will offer a completely changed user interface (UI) for the hand terminal. Based on a direct feedback from our partners, the message for us was clear, E-WMS should look more trendy. Of course, E-WMS should also still be usable by the employees in the warehouse, so we paid attention to user feedback such as ‘too small texts’ and ‘tiny buttons’.

Along with a changed UI, we also included some UX (user experience, usability) enhancements. For example when choosing an item code in a browser list, you don’t have to confirm that item code anymore when returning to the main screen. It will be automatically selected for you.

Another UX change is replacing the READY and LINE READY button by one button: the STOP button. When pressing STOP, you will see a list of context sensitive choices of how you want to progress (or stop).

This new interface will require a new client on the hand terminal. This client app will cache objects on the device, in order to make the scanning experience smoother. The client is still told by an IIS server what to show, and also still requires .NET Compact Framework 3.5, so usage is intended for Windows CE and Windows Mobile. The current ERF client will still be supported (for now) but we expect and intend the new UI to be used by default.

Ok, by now you are certainly eager to see some screenshots; here we go. Please click here to view them. For comparison: on the left the current (old) UI, on the right the new UI. Please mind that those are not final screens, we still need to work on for example buttons naming.

 

Important notice for E-WMS and ICL customers updating to Exact Globe Next product update 411

Written by Wilfred Bossenbroek on . Posted in Exact Globe

This post applies to E-WMS customers, updating to Exact Globe Next 411 (or higher).

For customers using ICL (Intercompany Logistics), only section ‘services’ below applies.

 

In product update 411 the E-WMS IIS web application has been changed:

  • The installation and presence of Exact Globe Next is no longer required for E-WMS on the IIS server
  • E-WMS ASP now uses .NET Framework 4.5, instead of .NET Framework 3.5
  • E-WMS ASP can now be configured as a 64 bit IIS process

 

This means, after updating to 411 you will have to perform following actions, before E-WMS ASP can be used:

  • the IIS ‘application pool’  needs to be configured for ‘integrated’ pipeline mode instead of ‘classic’ pipeline mode, and for .NET Framework 4.5
  • it is required to have “Visual C++ Redistributable Packages for Visual Studio 2013” installed on the IIS server
  • The SQL user configured for E-WMS ASP now needs to be SQL Sysadmin or db_owner

This document provides more information on what steps to take on the IIS server.

 

Changed version check

A side effect of these changes is that the ‘software version’ check method of E-WMS has changed. In previous releases, E-WMS compared file versions of the Exact Globe Next workstation installation versus versions of files used by the E-WMS ASP web process. Since the presence of Exact Globe Next on the IIS server is no longer required, this version check method could no longer be used.

The E-WMS software version is now updated in the Exact Globe Next database. To update this version to the current installed version, an E-WMS control center has to be started first. Only after this is done, it is possible to succesfully logon to an E-WMS web session (WMSclient).

 

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Also the E-WMS and ICL services have been changed to verify the installed service version, versus the software version found in the database.

To update the version in the database for the ICL services, an ICL control center has to be started first after an update. This has to be done seperately in the sales- or purchase database, and in the central database.

 

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Please note that it is also necessary to reinstall WMSclient on your hand terminals. If you have a coldboot set including WMSclient, don’t forget to replace the file WMSclient.cab with the new version.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E-WMS Lite – in controlled release

Written by Wilfred Bossenbroek on . Posted in Exact Globe

From January 1st, Exact offers E-WMS Lite for Exact Globe Next.

 

E-WMS Lite is based on the existing solution E-WMS, but offers adjusted functionality for a smaller price.

E-WMS and E-WMS Lite offer barcode scanning support in your warehouse. By using item (and location) bar codes and bar code scanners, chance of picking errors is diminished. E-WMS can also help you in your order picking process, by guiding you to the products which will expire first,  and  E-WMS can optimize your location pick policy.

E-WMS offers a lot of possibilities, but that also means there are a lot of settings in which you configure your specific scenarios. That can make understanding E-WMS more difficult. One of the goals of the introduction of E-WMS Lite is to make the implementation easier by decreasing the number of settings.

One of the major differences of E-WMS Lite versus its big brother E-WMS is the support of multiple locations per item. E-WMS Lite is intended for companies who are using no warehouse locations, or at the most one fixed location per item.

The following processes are supported in E-WMS Lite:

  • Purchase receipts
  • Order picking
  • Inventory count

 

Some of the features available in E-WMS Lite:

  • Send purchase- or sales orders automatically to the picking queue, to be picked
  • Support of batch items and serial number items
  • You are able to generate a picking advice based on batch start- or end date (FIFO/FEFO)
  • You are able to configure your location picking policy – less stops per order, or pick locations clean to make room for new stock
  • Picking location advice is based only on the item main location, as defined in Exact Globe Next
  • You are able to scan SSCC numbers during order picking, or even print SSCC labels during order picking (requires BarTender by Seagull Scientific)
  • Inform your customer early about the shipped SSCC’s by using Exact E-EDI (requires E-EDI Delivery Note)
  • Support of all bar codes also supported in E-WMS, such as CODE39, CODE128, UCC/EAN128, HIBC, QR / 2D / Datamatrix (depending content of the barcode and scan hardware supporting that barcode type)

 

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For a complete comparison of features, please have a look at this English or Dutch document. E-WMS Lite is in controlled release in product update 405, per January 1st.