JD Edwards License Plating in a Nutshell

February 20, 2013

Authored by Alana Smith, TeamCain

I was looking around on the net the other day and came across The 35 Best Geek Number Plates, a blog entry featuring some very amusing “geeky” license plates. I quite enjoyed the “I [heart] MY SQL” and “DRTHVDR”. It got me thinking about JD Edwards license plating (I heard about it in this webinar) and thought it might be a topic to explore for those of us who aren’t quite JD Edwards savvy.

First off, license plates aren’t those metal plates on your car (shocking, I know!) They’re actually really useful if you’re in warehouse operations. According to Oracle;

You can use license plates to distinguish each product carton or item with a unique license plate number (LPN). The system stores the itemized part numbers, quantity, inventory status, location, lot number and creation date in the LPN record. Simply scanning a carton label, which contains the LPN in text and barcode form, enables you to completely identify goods in transactions, such as receiving, moving, production or shipping. Using license plates substantially reduces the number of scans necessary to enter a transaction since only one barcode must be scanned to identify all of the product information.” (Source)

Moving product through your warehouse requires lots of scans, assuming you have automated data collection (ADC). License plating allows you to move product through your warehouse with less scans and helps to address errors with manual input and data integrity questions. They allow for efficient transactions thus increasing your overall warehouse operations efficiency. The license plate knows the item, the lot, the quantity and the location already so you don’t need to worry about incorrect data being scanned.

On the JD Edwards side, license plating is a licensable EnterpriseOne module that requires EnterpriseOne Warehouse Management (which can be purchased from Oracle). RF-SMART has developed “Enhanced License Plating” that allows you to extend the reach of the license plate into base distribution and shop floor control. You still have to be licensed for the warehouse management module but you don’t need to implement that module throughout your warehouse. RF-SMART’s “hybrid” transactions combine transactions. You can pick products and transactions to staging area in distribution system in one shot. Reduced barcode scans means increased worker productivity, improved inventory accuracy due to less opportunity for errors and faster transactions.

Using license plating in your warehouse operations can also come in handy with seasonal employees and as we approach the holiday season, more and more items will be leaving warehouses and going to other warehouses/the customer. When it comes to seasonal employees, having an automated data collection solution in place is ideal as it simplifies the ERP system and makes it easier for users to stay focused. With license plates, the user (who might not be used to JD Edwards) can simply go to the specified location, scan the item/grab the item and carry on with their job. The training process is automated and it also cuts down on errors that might occur.

Do you use license plating in your warehouse operations? Comment below to share your experience when it comes to this technology.

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