What are WCS and WMS solutions and how do they integrate?

In today’s high-tech warehouse environment, companies rely on cutting edge technology to improve productivity, reduce operating costs, deliver on shrinking order turnaround windows, and maximize throughput and capacity. An automated warehouse offers immense benefits for operational efficiency and greater profits. But without a single solution to orchestrate these systems, you can’t maximize the potential of your operations.

Although an essential part of a business sustainability and development strategies, Warehouse Automation can also be a costly investment. Therefore, managers need to perform thorough due diligence to ensure their IT budget is spent in the solution that will drive the most optimum growth.


Warehouse Control System

It’s critical to have a complete picture of your site’s automation. From conveyors to cranes to robotics, the unique combination of automated systems in warehouses need to function seamlessly. Bottlenecks and mechanical breakdowns are a part of day-to-day operations. What gives businesses competitive advantage is how well their warehouses manage these incidents.

A warehouse control system (WCS) is a software solution for directing simultaneous activity flows within warehouses or distribution centre. It provides an integrated interface for managing a broad range of material handling sub-systems like conveyor belts, carousels, palletizers and sorters.

At each decision point, the WCS determines the most efficient flow and conveys commands to the equipment controllers to achieve the desired result. Moreover, real-time data from all connected systems allows for any issues to be quickly flagged and traffic rerouted around the problem, giving users an immediate prompt to fix the problem.

Facilities with automated material-handling hardware often have a WCS that integrates with a warehouse management system (WMS) to provide complete Operational Visibility.


Warehouse Management System

A warehouse management system (WMS) is a software solution that optimises the operational aspect of the business. It focuses on broader activities including end-to-end orders fulfilment, inventory and labour management.

A WMS can automate and optimise all processes within your supply chain, shrinking turnaround windows. Additionally, automation can help with planning and managing inventory, leading to up to 99+ percent inventory accuracy.

Finally, optimising storage systems through directed stock rotation, intelligent picking directives, automatic consolidation, and cross-docking ensures no space in your warehouse is wasted.


HighJump’s WCS & WMS

As a vendor-agnostic platform, HighJump WCS integrates with virtually any automation partner and readily scales to incorporate new automation solutions as businesses grow. No technical expertise is necessary, and the modular nature of HighJump WCS makes it easy to build on top of existing configurations – saving you time to focus on other high priorities.

With route-guidance technology designed for efficiency, HighJump WCS optimizes warehouse routes to move materials quickly – even in less-than-ideal circumstances. Think of HighJump WCS as a GPS for automation, guiding all the systems to avoid traffic jams and optimize travel time based on real-time information.

For operations that use a mixture of automation and manual operators, HighJump WCS improves employee productivity by displaying wait times at workstations, tracking productivity, and monitoring hardware efficiency against benchmarks and KPIs.


Unifying all Warehouse solutions in one platform

HighJump™ One serves as the new technology platform for all HighJump products. It is one unified platform, providing the same user interface across any HighJump solution with the ability to easily switch between those programs.

This common UI makes training employees faster and easier. Every user will have access to the tools they need to complete their specific job. The singular platform also simplifies the work of your IT department because it can concentrate on one technological infrastructure.

iWMS Australasia utilizes HighJump technology, a solution that can be scaled and tailored to meet any business needs. The core software architecture can be easily adapted in a fraction of the time of conventional systems, and at a fraction of the cost! And because all changes are external to the core software, upgrades and support are not compromised. This guarantees low total cost of system ownership.

Contact us today to discuss your business requirements.

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