Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Cumulative Update 11 is now available for download on Lifecycle Services, CustomerSource and PartnerSource. This release includes several improvements for warehouse and transportation management. For detailed information on the release of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 CU11, please refer to the Dynamics AX In-Market Engineering blog.
In this post we’ll take you through some of the enhancements in SCM and specifically for WMS and TMS. The following information is also available as part of the What’s new in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 document found here.
In short, within SCM and for WMS and TMS the following enhancements are made available:
The following shows an excerpt from the What’s new in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 document on a more detailed list of the enhancements for CU11 in SCM and for warehouse and transportation management.
For example, 510 pounds of a raw material are required in order to produce 4,475 pounds of finished goods. The raw material is stored in the warehouse in 50-pound bags. If the requested quantity of 510 pounds is picked for the order (order picking), the warehouse worker must pick ten 50-pound bags, plus an additional 10 pounds. In some scenarios, the warehouse worker will pick the ten bags and weigh the additional 10 pounds in the warehouse (for example, at a special location where bags are opened). In another typical approach, the material is not weighed at the warehouse location but on the shop floor, near the operation that consumes the material. In this scenario, the warehouse worker will over-pick to the nearest 50-pound bag. In other words, for this example, he or she will pick eleven 50-pound bags.
In previous versions, this capability was available when you reported as finished from the Microsoft Dynamics AX client, but not from mobile devices. However, mobile device users can now mark End job from their device. This capability is available for reporting as finished on production orders, and also on batch orders that have co-products and byproducts. When you configure the menu item for reporting as finished, you can specify whether the End job option should be available to mobile device users.
You can now use a mobile device to identify and register items on a pallet before work is created and the pallet is moved from receiving to the next location. To support this functionality, two new work creation methods have been added: Mixed license plate receiving and Mixed license plate receiving and put-away. When a mobile device menu item is set up, and one of the new work creation methods is used, an additional new field becomes available: Source document line identification method.
The source document line identification methods determine the flow that is presented to the user on the mobile device until a source document line is uniquely identified. Each of the three supported methods corresponds to a flow that is presented to users who work with mobile devices for the work creation methods: Purchase order item receiving, Purchase order line receiving, and Load item receiving.
The difference is that users can continue to register on a single LP until all items on that LP are received.
To support the new functionality, a new form has been added: Mixed license plate receiving. This form contains information about the actual state of an LP, where receiving is done by using one of the work creation methods that are listed.
When you receive inventory via an advance shipping notice ASN/packing structure that has a mix of item numbers, you cannot control the put-away policy that always makes sure that a complete
LP is stored, unless all locations allow for unlimited capacity. In the location directives for purchase orders, you can specify whether the search for free locations must include all the content on an LP and therefore group the put-away into one location for the mixed LP receiving and LP receiving processes.
Support for pallet types and groups for inbound flow in WHS is now included.
For example, if there is a work order for one pallet, and there are three cases on the pallet in the work location, it might be impossible for the user to know whether three cases are the equivalent of one pallet. You can now display all units of measure in an item’s unit of measure sequence group when quantity confirmation is set up for the pick on a mobile device menu item.
When you process an inventory adjustment, quality departments might not want warehouse personnel to be able to adjust the inventory status. In this case, the Display inventory status check box must be added to the Adjustment In and Adjustment Out work creation menu items.
You can now use a new option on the Adjustment In and Adjustment Out warehouse menu items to restrict the user’s ability to change the inventory status.
The changes in the hotfix use the same code logic from purchase line receiving. When work is completed, the RMA number is inserted into the pass map. When the step is 0, the initialization status is also inserted into the pass map. These changes help guarantee that the display form keeps the RMA number, so that you don’t have to scan it again.
Because of changes in the hotfix, the ability to control whether a specific warehouse allows negative physical inventory is now tied to the LogisticsBasic configuration key. Therefore, this functionality is available for all warehouses, not just stores.
A new option in the TMS parameters form lets you automatically create a master BOL when there is more than one shipment on a load.
A new button that lets you create a master BOL for a selected load from the BOL form has also been added.
Important implementation note
Make sure that the reqItemLevel table is empty before the first MRP run. Any change, such as creating or modifying an item, will generate entries to the table, and as a result, it will not be empty. The simplest way to do this is to truncate the reqItemLevel table and then run a full MRP (regenerative with no filters). Otherwise, MRP will not generate any planned orders.