An assembly is a prebuilt tool with its own location. The assembly tool is created at the SFI and must be assembled before being put into the cabinet. There is a difference between an assembly tool and a regular item. an assembly tool does not have a vendor and has to be set to durable and assembly at the time of creation on the AP.
The tool can have a serial number but any item that's part of the assembly will be considered as consumable.
- Define an assembly on AP
- Create an assembly tool on SFI
Define an assembly on AP
To set up an assembly tool, on the AP, go to Data Management> Items > New item.
Note! You have to manually create a New Item, it's not possible to import an item from a catalog and then turn it into an assembly.
An assembly tool doesn't have a vendor because it can not be ordered. You can however use the Service function and send it for service. To use this function it's recommended to use serial numbers for the tools or else the threshold can not be set.
To add items to the assembly you click on the Related items button on the general information tab. A side window will appear with a tab named Assembly items. Add the products you want the assembly to consist of with the plus sign. For each item, a Requested quantity and Positions have to be set. The Requested quantity is how many each instant of the assembly consists of. The Position is in what order the item should be picked.
Note! All items that are part of the assembly including the assembly tool itself have to be in the same device and assigned a location. Set the items to Released, synchronize the device, and assign all items at the SFI.
Create an assembly on the SFI
There are two separate parts when adding an assembly. The first part is when assigning the item to a location, you have the opportunity to set an amount of how many assembly tools you already have. It works the same way as assigning any item.
The second way is to create a new assembly tool at the pick screen. Simply pick the assembly tool. In this example, it has the Item ID A1. In the corner, you have the button Related Items this will take you to a new window with the Create assembly button.
All items needed to create one assembly tool are listed with the quantity and positions. If there is one or more items not having the quantity that's needed to create the assembly the process can not proceed.
The next page shows the list of all items that will be needed to be picked. When Pick items button is pressed, the items in the list will be picked in the same order they appear.
Note! It can be highly important to think twice about the position of each item. Some items might be stored outside of a cabinet like an open-stock and inside the cabinet too. which could lead to an operator having to run back and forth between the device and its active locations.
The last page will give you a summary of the items picked to create the assembly tool. Be aware that durable items currently will not be visible on the list.
Note! At this point, you've taken all the items out of the system, assembled them into the A1 tool, and registered that you have one durable item picked.
Would you need to add a lot of assemblies to the cabinet the easiest and fastest way is to do an inventory off the A1. Returning the tool works just like any other durable item. Next time you pick the tool it will already be assembled.
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