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Warehouse & Logistics - Lighthouse MES Inventory

A warehouse logistics management system seamlessly integrating with your manufacturing operations


Are you looking to feedback real-time inventory data to the ERP?

The warehouse needs to be tightly integrated with the factory. Raw materials need to flow in; finished goods need to flow out. When a factory is already managing inventory at a lot or handling unit level in the manufacturing execution system, it makes perfect sense to extend into the warehouse.

What does Lighthouse MES software’s Warehouse & Logistics Module do?

Use the Warehouse & Logistics module of Lighthouse MES software to: 
  • Manage in-bound deliveries
  • Manage movement orders to replenish materials consumed
  • Make internal deliveries to production processes more efficient
  • Manage shipments made in the warehouse
  • Link with the ERP system

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What are the benefits of the Warehouse Logistics software module?

  1. Reduce WIP: pull materials through the factory with replenishment orders, automatically generated when materials are consumed. Only create semi-finished goods for what is needed.
  2. Stock control:  provide greater control of inventory, down to handling unit level.
  3. Increase efficiency: better organise shipping and internal deliveries .
  4. Traceability: end-to-end traceability at handling unit and serialised part level (materials, WIP and Finished Goods).
  5. Reduce the application landscape: avoid third party warehouse management systems with the extra support, infrastructure and interfacing needs they bring.
  6. Business continuity: protect operations from ERP outage with a responsive and locally available MES application.

Manage in-bound deliveries 

  • Download from ERP, expected in-bound deliveries from suppliers
  • Deliveries can be at the level of individual handling units (e.g. pallets, containers, boxes, crates). This level of detail may come though EDI when your suppliers send you details of materials shipped, including traceability information
  • Unload the goods and using scanners, validate the goods received against the planned in-bound orders
  • Confirm in-bound deliveries back to ERP
  • Assign new lot numbers to uniquely identify each handling unit (container, pallet…) of incoming goods so that materials can be tracked through the facilities and processes.
  • With the Inventory Management module, move the incoming goods to locations/bins and manage the quality state (e.g. isolations)

Manage out-bound deliveries

  • Download from the ERP system expected out-bound deliveries 
  • Fork lift drivers select from prioritised shipping lists and then work through picking lists, scanning the handling units as the goods are loaded onto transport
  • Validate the out-bound order is correct and complete
  • Capture traceability data automatically
  • Confirm out-bound deliveries back to ERP

Manage warehouse and local stores

  • Track all materials in the factory warehouse or local stores
  • Provide dashboards showing summaries of stock levels, expected movements
  • Create hierarchy inventory and apply logic to all items in the hierarchy
  • Quarantine pallets and their entire content, with one bar-code reading

►Vita Group case study
Vita Group implemented Lighthouse MES' Warehouse Management System at their Manchester plant to relieve the pressure they were facing on the previous system that led to inaccurate and delayed product deliveries and sometimes, returns and refunds. The new fully digitised Warehouse Management System (WMS) delivers real-time stock accuracy and the solution is now rolled out to other Vita facilities.

To enable the Warehouse – Logistics functionality of Lighthouse MES, the Inventory Management module is required in order for the system to know inventory before it is used. Get more value from the module by using it in conjunction with other applications of Lighthouse MES: