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Material Handling Definitions
Allocations: Actual demand created by sales orders or work orders against a specific item.
ASRS: Automated storage and retrieval system, system of racks in which each row has a retrieval unit that picks and puts away items.
Backorder: Order for which the merchandise is not available.
Cantilever rack: Racking system that allows for storage of very long items.
Carousel: Automated equipment generally used for picking of small, high-volume parts.
Carry cost: Cost associated with having inventory on hand. It is primarily made up of the costs associated with the inventory investment and storage; also called holding cost.
Cross-docking: Unloading materials from an incoming trailer and then loading them into an outbound trailer without sorting and distributing the items in the warehouse.
Cycle count: Process of regularly scheduled inventory counts (usually daily) that "cycle" through your inventory.
DC: Distribution center
Distribution requirements planning (DRP): Process for determining inventory requirements in a multiple plant/warehouse environment.
Dock leveler: Device that acts as a bridge between a truck or trailer and the loading ramp.
Drive-in rack: Racking system that accommodates a lift truck into the bay.
Dunnage: Package filling material.
FIFO: First in first out, method of rotating inventory so that the oldest products are used first.
Flex conveyor: Portable conveyor that can be expanded, contracted, and curved.
Flow rack: Racking system that incorporates sections of a conveyor so that cartons or pallets can flow to the front.
Forecast: Estimate of future demand.
Gravity conveyor: Conveyor, usually with wheels or rollers, that uses gravity to move items.
High-density storage: Storage in which pallets or cartons are stored more than one unit deep or high.
Inventory turn: Number of times inventory is replenished in a year; generally calculated by dividing the average inventory level (or current inventory level) into the annual inventory usage (annual cost of goods sold).
Just-in-time (JIT): Usually thought of as describing inventory arriving or being produced just in time for the shipment or next process; actually a process for optimizing manufacturing processes by eliminating wasted steps, wasted material, and excess inventory.
Amount of time required for an item to be available for use from
the time it is ordered. Should include purchase order processing
time, vendor processing time, in-transit time, and receiving,
inspection, and prepack times.
LIFO: Last in first out, method of using the newest inventory first rather than rotating it so that the oldest is shipped out first.
Min-max: Inventory system in which once a product has reached the predetermined minimum quantity enough replacement product is order to bring the level up to the predetermined maximum quantity.
Open order: Order that has not yet been fulfilled.
Order cycle: Time between orders of a specific item; also called replenishment cycle.
Order management system: Software that receives customer order information and inventory availability from the warehouse management system and then groups orders by customer and priority, allocates inventory, and determines delivery dates; also called order processing system.
Pick-to-light: System in which each pick location is connected to lights and LED displays; software turns on the light where the next pick should be and indicated the quantity to pick.
Pop-up sorter: Equipment integrated into a conveyor to move products off the conveyor belt at fixed points.
Radio frequency (RF) devices: Portable data collection devices that use radio frequency to transmit data from scannable tags to the host system.
Real-time locator system (RTLS): System that used RFID technology to track the location of tagged objects.
Reverse logistics: Processing of returns.
RFID: Radio frequency identification, systems that use transponders to transmit significant amounts of data to a receiver; often used as part of a real-time locator system.
Safety stock: Quantity of inventory used in inventory management systems to allow for deviations in demand or supply.
SKU: Stock-keeping unit, a specific item in a specific unit of measure
Slotting: Determinng the optimal placement of inventory for picking efficiency.
Tilt-tray sorter: Conveyor system that uses a series of tilting devices to sort items.
Wave picking: Method of order picking in which items are picked first and then sorted into individual orders.
Warehouse management system (WMS): Computer software designed to manage the storage and movement of items throughout the warehouse.
Work in Progress (WIP): Work in progress indicates any good that is not considered to be a final product, but must still be accounted for because funds have been invested toward its production.
Zone picking: Method of picking orders in which the warehouse is divided into several zones; pickers are assigned a specific zone and pick only items in that zone before moving the order (usually via a conveyor system) to the next zone; also called pick-and-pass.