RedPrairie Corp. has begun integrating its capability for in-line sequencing of build-to-order products with the work-order processing aspects of its Warehouse Management System (WMS). The update will aid in supporting production-line requirements while boosting efficiency for build-to-order manufacturers, RedPrairie claimed. Those and other enhancements within the current release of the vendor's Supply Chain Execution suite help to integrate work orders, production information and process flows, from raw materials through distribution. The WMS additions allow several work orders to be allocated, scheduled and directed across multiple workstations. Labor standards have also been extended to the production line. RedPrairie's build-to-order application provides in-sequence parts and component delivery to production lines, error-proofing and traceability, shop-floor integration with material-handling equipment, and outbound delivery sequencing. The new release also adds to the WMS's vendor-managed inventory (VMI) capabilities. The updates include support for the role of third-party logistics providers, tracking of supplier information down to the item level, time-appropriate ownership transfer and rules-based allocation algorithms by supplier.
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