Automated Task Queue
The SEQOS Automated Task Queue directs RF Terminal operators through all warehouse activities, reducing or eliminating the need for a supervisor to direct staff. This can significantly lower costs.
On commencement of the working shift, the operator picks up an RF terminal and logs into SEQOS. If the operator is using equipment, e.g. a forklift, this is also logged in against that operator, so that tasks will only be given to that operator which are within the capacity of that equipment.
Warehouse operations are triggered for actioning and automatically added to the Task Queue with task priority. For example, an urgent replenishment will usually have a higher priority than other tasks.
When an RF Terminal operator is “idle” (i.e. at the completion of a task and ready for the next), the operator is automatically assigned the next “suitable” task from the queue proximal to the operator’s current location. “Suitable” means the operator has permission and is qualified to action the task, and, if required for the task, the operator is driving an appropriate type of forklift or other vehicle to access the locations relating to the task.
The Queue Configuration includes a Batching Threshold which means lower priority tasks residing in the queue for a configurable period of time will be moved higher in priority, ensuring they will be actioned within reasonable time.
- When a stock receipt is confirmed, a putaway request for that stock is added to the queue.
- Orders released for picking, or orders downloaded from another computer system and automatically released on the required day of despatch, are added to the queue.
- As stock is picked from locations which reduces the stock-holding below a specified quantity, a replenishment request is added to the queue.
- Scheduled cycle counts are added to the queue.
An operator may not necessarily be enabled for all queued actions. For example, some operators may be excluded from cycle-counting to concentrate on picking and other critical tasks, so those operators would not be assigned a cycle-count task from the queue.
Dissimilar tasks such as putaway and picking can be interleaved in SEQOS. After putting away stock, the RF operator can be instructed to pick stock on the way back to the dock to take more stock for putaway. In large warehouses, this can greatly reduce travel time, save fuel and save wear on forklifts.
The descriptive SEQOS Operators Reference Manual has useful operations flow charts that can be included in the warehouse Standard Operating Procedures documentation.
After staff log in to SEQOS at the commencement of shift, all operational decision-making is initiated by SEQOS. Configuring operational requirements and location attributes negates the necessity for staff decision-making and staff supervision. For example, when received stock is to be putaway, SEQOS recommends several suitable storage locations in a prioritised list according to location configuration attributes. RF Terminal operators merely follow the step-by-step instructions on the screen without needing to make any operational decisions.
A simple and intuitive menu structure designed for efficient navigation allows SEQOS users to quickly find any function.
The comprehensive security structure allows or prevents users or groups of users from unauthorised access, or access to functions for which they have not received training, or for which they lack security clearance, e.g. very valuable stock items.