What’s new in CU10 for WMS and TMS


Cumulative Update 10 for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 is now here! We are as usual happy to say that this release includes several improvements for warehouse and transportation management. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 CU10 is available for download on Lifecycle Services, PartnerSource and CustomerSource. For detailed information on the release of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 CU10, please refer to the Dynamics AX In-Market Engineering blog. The build number for Cumulative Update 10 is 6.3.3000.111 and the knowledge base article is KB3102920.

In this blog post we’ll take you through some of what is new 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 WMS and TMS the following enhancements are made available:

  • It is now possible to use warehouse management processes with purchase, production and sales orders linked to projects.
  • A new field has been introduced to the On hand by location form called Available physical on exact location.
  • Wave demand replenishment now recognizes existing unallocated min/max replenishment work as supply.
  • Cancelling wave demand replenishment work will now unblock sales orders automatically.
  • Demand replenishment will now consider all lines in the replenishment template.
  • The directive code on work templates with the work order type Replenishment is now editable.
  • Picking of sales serial items is now possible using warehouse management processes.
  • You can now postpone the registration of serial numbers on a serialized component in a manufacturing process up until production consumption.
  • Picking partial license plates for raw material picking is now possible.
  • During Report as finished and put away it is now possible to change inventory status on the mobile device.
  • It is now possible to overproduce with back-flushing when using a scrap factor on the Bill of Materials line.
  • You can now separate the receiving and put away process when doing license plate receiving on the mobile device.
  • Added functionality for splitting put away lines to several locations, consolidation of license plates and skipping put lines.
  • You can now cancel a put away on the mobile device at any place in the process.
  • During purchase receiving using the mobile device, the unit of measure will be defaulted to the UOM setup on the GTIN number.
  • When using the Delivery schedule form on a purchase order line to split the delivery of a purchase order to different days, the load lines will also be updated.
  • You can now over pick during sales or transfer order picking on the mobile device.
  • You can now use the Full button any time during picking to indicate that you can’t pick any more lines.
  • It is now possible to block release to warehouse and creation of work for sales orders that exceeds customers credit limit.
  • Work can now be split depending on Work header maximums specified on the Work template form.
  • You can now create scheduled routes for transportation planning and use Load building workbench to create optimal loads for the routes.
  • The auto release to warehouse process for transfer orders can now consolidate orders into shipments based on their origin and destination warehouse.
  • Purchase and sales order linked to a project can now be added to loads and used with transportation management processes.
  • Performance: Improvements to the on-hand stored procedure that is used to calculate on-hand inventory.
  • Performance: A new clean up job for deleting closed on-hand entries in InventSum and WHSInventReserve has been introduced.
  • Performance: Registering product receipt and querying for a put away location has been improved when using Volumetric and Stocking limits constraints for locations.
  • Performance: Closing of containers during pack operations have been improved by avoiding some client/server calls.
  • Performance: Containerization as part of wave posting have been improved and optimized when scaling number of sales lines per order.
  • Performance: Queries during processing of large waves with many allocation errors has improved.

The following table shows an excerpt from the What’s new document for CU10 on a more detailed list of the enhancements for CU10 in warehouse and transportation management. Please note that all linked TechNet pages will be updated in the coming weeks to reflect the new content added.

What was changed or added

Description

Improvements to replenishment

Wave demand replenishment now recognizes existing min/max replenishment work as supply when evaluating if it should create new replenishment work.

Cancelling wave based replenishment work will now unblock sales order work automatically.

Demand replenishment will now consider all lines in the replenishment template even with different directive codes in situations where the entire demand quantity is not assigned to a put location.

The directive code on work templates with the work order type Replenishment is now editable.

For more information, see Set up replenishment.

Improvements when viewing inventory on hand

A new field called Available physical on exact dimensions has been added to the On hand by location form. This field shows the available physical quantity for all the dimensions displayed on the screen.

There have been performance improvements to the on hand stored procedure to use better query plans and make sure it is only called when necessary.

A new clean up job has been added under Inventory management > Periodic > Clean up > Warehouse management on-hand entries cleanup. This job will delete records in the InventSum and WHSInventReserve tables for closed on-hand entries.

Enhanced serial number functionalities

Items with a tracking dimension using serial numbers in the sales process can now be used with warehouse management processes. It is now possible to validate sales serials using the mobile device as well as the ability to indicate unreadable serial numbers. You can also enter sales serial numbers using the pack station and for sales order returns. Additionally, you can open the form that shows the recorded serial numbers from the Load lines tab on the Load details form. It is also possible to register serial numbers from the Picking list registration form, which will open the form for capturing sales serial numbers related to the sales line. For more information, see Register serial numbers for a sales order.

In the manufacturing process, when consuming serialized components, it is now possible to postpone the registration of the serial number until production consumption. This will save time in warehouse processes as the serial will not be needed to be registered during receiving of serialized components. For more information, see the Dynamics AX Manufacturing R&D blog.

Integration to manufacturing

Picking only the ordered quantity from license plate controlled locations during raw material picking is now possible. You can now maintain what policy to use for raw material picking on an item level. It is also possible to switch the issue status between ‘Picked’ and ‘Reserved physical’. For more information, see the Dynamics AX Manufacturing R&D blog.

During ‘report as finished’ and put away it is now possible to change inventory status on the mobile device. This is enabled through the use of disposition codes which can now be configured on mobile device menu items with the work creation process Report as finished and Report as finished and put away.

It is now possible to overproduce with back-flushing when using a scrap factor on the Bill of Materials line. Any overproduction using warehouse management enabled items will be recalculated to determine the correct raw material consumption quantity. The correct variable scrap will be taken into account and the remainder will be picked if there is enough on-hand in the production input location.

Integration to project

It is now possible to use warehouse management processes items together with purchase, production and sales orders linked to projects. You can register inbound purchase orders via the mobile device, which will synchronize the project issue transactions. Please note that no warehouse work will be created during inbound registration. As part of the purchase order product receipt update, the linked project issue transactions will be updated to Sold.

You can now process reporting as finished for production orders linked to projects using the mobile device. The corresponding project issue transactions will be automatically synchronized and be updated to Deducted, and thereby no warehouse work will be created.

You can now process a project with item requirements for a warehouse management enabled item. You can release to warehouse or access the load planning workbench directly from the item requirements screen. Item requirement lines can be added to a load that also has normal sales order lines.

Project packing slips can now be run from the warehouse and transportation management areas that allow processing the packing slip. It is possible to print packing slips from loads that have both project and non-project order lines. It will always split the packing slips in two, where they will be shown immediately after each other.

It is now possible to plan transportation for purchase and sales orders linked to projects. It is possible to access the load planning workbench from the item requirements screen.

Improvements to inbound processes

The behavior of the mobile device menu item with the work creation process set to License plate receiving has changed. It will now only register the arrival of a purchase order and create put away work. It will leave the created work in an open state. If you want to use the old process, where the put away work was also conducted at that point in time, use a mobile device menu item with work creation process set to License plate receiving and put away.

During the process of put away work using the mobile device, we have added several new options for exception handling for the warehouse worker. Three new buttons have been introduced during put away work; Split put, Override LP and Skip. They can be used to split items to multiple locations, consolidate items on a license plate at a location, or skip the current work line and proceed to the next put away line. Additionally, the Cancel button will now be available in all put away screens. For more information, see Configure mobile devices for warehouse work.

During purchase receiving using the mobile device, the unit of measure will be defaulted to the UOM setup on the GTIN number.

When using the Delivery schedule form on a purchase order line to split the delivery of a purchase order to different days, the load lines will also be updated.

Performance when registering product receipt and querying for a put away location has been improved when using Volumetric and Stocking limits constraints for locations. Now the amount of full locations in the query should not affect performance.

Improvements to outbound processes

Over picking using the mobile device has been enabled during sales and transfer order picking work. Over picking will only be possible if there is enough inventory available at the current pick location and if it is not already allocated to other work. To enable over picking, both the work user and the mobile device must be set up to allow over picking. For more information, see Set up mobile device user accounts for workers and Configure mobile devices for warehouse work.

During picking on the mobile device, you can now use the Full button any time during picking to indicate that you cannot pick any more lines.

It is now possible to block release to warehouse and creation of work for sales orders that exceeds customers credit limit.

Performance of closing of containers during pack operations have been improved by avoiding some client/server calls.

Performance when having containerization as part of wave posting been improved and optimized when scaling number of sales lines per order.

Improvements to work templates

A new section of parameters has been added to the Work template form called Work header maximums. They can be used to split a work header when the sum of work lines exceeds the quantity specified. For more information, see Create a work template.

Create scheduled routes

Scheduled routes can now be generated from a route plan, where the segments of the scheduled route correspond to the hub configuration associated with the route plan. A batch job is used to create the scheduled routes depending on date range, particular days of the week and a load template.

The scheduled routes can be used with Load building workbench in order to create optimal loads for the routes. For more information, see Set up a route plan and routing guide for freight transportation.

Improvements to auto-release to warehouse process

When using the auto-release to warehouse process it is now possible to consolidate multiple transfer orders based on To warehouse and From warehouse into the same shipment. For more information, see Sales orders and fulfillment rates in Warehouse management.

Comments (7)

  1. Keith732 says:

    This is great news Markus. Split Puts, override , and skip on inbound is very welcomed. Looking forward to some upcoming blog posts on these new features!

  2. Hi Keith,

    If you don't want to wait for a blog post they are described in more detail in LCS for KB3103960:

    fix.lcs.dynamics.com/…/Resolved

  3. Anders Dahlin says:

    Any news on how to handle multiple purchase order lines when receiving? Or mixed pallets in the inbound process?

    Thanks, keep it up.

  4. Hi Anders,

    Mixed pallets in the inbound process is something we have been looking at and we will have to make some substantial changes, so you shouldn't expect anything in the very near short term.

  5. Andrew AX says:

    Hi Marcus,

    could you please tell me exactly the CU10 KB to install to solve this issue "CU10 – Picking partial license plates for raw material picking is now possible" ?

    Thanks in advance

  6. Hi Andrew, it is part of KB 3093049 which you can find here: fix.lcs.dynamics.com/…/Resolved.

    You can also read about the functionality here: blogs.msdn.com/…/order-picking-from-license-plate-locations.aspx

  7. WB_RED says:

    I am still waiting for:
    – split outbound loads by container or line in sales order (if containerization is not used), after Packing station (or on every moment until Load is not confirmed);
    – possibility for returning containers or sales line, back to warehouse from Packing Station or loading area, until load is confirmed (generating work on mobile device, and automatically update packing slip etc.). After confirming load returning anything is possible by standard Return Order Material.
    – double controlling (also on mobile device after packing station),
    – possibility of replenishment to Packing station, if we register missing qty for some item and we have it on hand and need to send to our customer (creating work for mobile devices).