Through out the E-business suite you will find functionality specifically designed for Process manufactures. In this section we will review in SCM module.
Due to each area has distinctive business drivers and benefits we will discuss them during each section rather than as an overall theme for this section. In this section we will discuss the following topics:
- General Concepts
- Key functionality with Drivers / Benefits
- Order Management
In order to support the needs of process manufacturing organizations, several additional features have been added to Oracle Inventory as described below (namely dual unit of measure control, advanced lot tracking, enhanced picking rules and enhanced material allocation processing). These features will be available for all users of Oracle Inventory, regardless of their manufacturing orientation.
Oracle Warehouse Management (WMS) will now also support transactions in organizations that leverage Oracle Process Manufacturing for their production support. Users can now use WMS’s receiving, inventory control, replenishment, task dispatching and shipping user interfaces in Process or OPM enabled organizations.
In addition to supporting transactions in Oracle Process Manufacturing enabled organizations, Oracle WMS will also support the features that have been added to Oracle Inventory in order to better support process users. WMS will support transactions for items that are dual unit of measure controlled and sublot controlled. In addition, Oracle WMS’s material status functionality has been enhanced to allow users to indicate if material in a given status should be ATP-able, Net-able and Reservable (for all statuses except for serial status).
Users of Oracle Process Manufacturing may now also use Oracle WMS and will also have access to functionality that has traditionally been offered by the discrete Inventory module such as vendor consigned and VMI inventory control, labeling, serialization etc.
Advanced Inventory Functionality
This represents the main components of the Oracle Warehouse Management solution. This includes advanced WMS features such as:
- Built-in RF/Barcode support
- Full Inbound processing capabilities for a variety of transaction sources and with directed put away
- A full complement of internal processing capabilities, including full integration with Costing and Manufacturing
- Sophisticated Directed Picking and Outbound Processing, again supporting a variety of transaction sources
- A Task Management process to organize and dispatch work automatically
- An innovative Business Rules engine – which permits tailoring the application without the need to resort to customization.
All of this is delivered with seamless integration with the rest of the e-business suite.
Oracle MSCA does not add new functionality, but it does provide the very real benefits and ROI of reduced latency due to the ability to perform transactions on the shop and warehouse floor, and increased accuracy and efficiency due to the use of bar-coding and the elimination of parallel, manual systems. The key thing to remember about Oracle MSCA is that it is a technology layer that provides an alternate user interface for the existing transaction set. And this technology layer is developed and supported by Oracle.
Oracle MSCA is both an alternative and a compliment to to Oracle Warehouse Management, which we will focus on for the remainder of this presentation. It is a good alternative for those companies who want mobile and bar-coding capabilities, but who find the current Oracle 11i material handling transaction set adequate for their business needs. It is a compliment in that Oracle MSCA provides the mobile and bar-coding support for Manufacturing and Quality users, and this can be used in conjunction with Oracle WMS for the warehousing and material handling needs where the business needs warrant a full blown warehouse management application.
The decision to use Oracle MSCA or Oracle WMS can be made inventory organization by inventory organization – giving great flexibility in deployment.
The new RF and Bar-coding support from Oracle is bundled with Oracle MSCA. The Architecture is designed around three main components:
Mobile Transaction Server : This is equivalent to a “Forms Server”, but for mobile devices. This is designed to be scalable by allowing you to add multiple mobile servers to accommodate the traffic. All of the UI and validation logic for the application runs on the Mobile Transaction Server with the back end processing running in the Data Base. The use of a central middle tier, without the need for distributed processing, means that there is no need for complex hardware at each remote site. This can significantly reduce the cost of deployment and support.
RF Device Support : The devices supported are “direct-connect” to the application – usually through an RF base station which is akin to a router in a wired network. This then connects the devices through the LAN or WAN to the Mobile Transaction Server. The communication between these two is Telnet over TCP/IP – basically screen images and scanned or keyboard input – and has been designed to be as light as possible for optimal performance. The use of standard Telnet permits the solution to use almost any telnet-capable device in any combination. Oracle has already certified over 30 devices from vendors such as Intermec, Symbol, LXE and others.
Mobile Application Framework : This tool was built so that Oracle could create applications that are suitable for typical industrial devices. These applications and devices require compact screens and an user experience suited for fast, repetitive processing of a small set of transaction. This Mobile Application Framework technology also incorporates advanced features such as 2D barcode support and Data Identifiers which permits out of sequence scanning; full Multi-Lingual Support; screens which build dynamically to eliminate the clutter caused by un-required fields; field level validation; etc. In addition, the same application will automatically adapt to the different form factors of each device.
The above capabilities are all included as part of the Oracle MSCA (and Oracle WMS) products – all fully supported by Oracle. This delivers the functionality, ease of use and performance required by WMS applications, without the costs and support complexities of third party middleware.