Unique identity code
The Package Control feature in Epicor 10.1’s gives your enterprise the ability to track, manage, or transact a group via a unique identity code.
Any items can be bundled to form a group.
Package Control also lets you track any item through various stages such as sales order picking, shipping transactions, job receipts, and inventory transaction.
When everything is said and done, Package Control functionality hinges on two entities built into the Epicor 10.1 database. The first entity is properties and contents, meaning the package itself and specifically what the package contains. The second entity is known as the identifying label. ID labels become particularly important in industries such as automobile manufacturing.
It’s important to know that each entity can have its own lifecycles for identity and process. Each entity can also possess unique rules for control, process flow, and status. These rules need not be exclusive to each other. If it suits the workflow of your enterprise, entities can share rules.
The key to all this is the PCID or Package Control ID field, which is maintained at the site level. PCIDs can operate as single level or multi-level (also known as nested) fields. As a general rule, single level PCIDs hold sway over individual parts while multi-level PCIDs might contain individual items or cluster of PCIDs.
Additionally, each PCID can be classified as static or dynamic. Static PCIDs are associated with containers that are available for reuse while dynamic PCIDs are tagged to those items that can be placed on containers that collapse after shipment and cannot be repurposed (i.e., a shipping box).
As with so many other features of Epicor 10.1, customization becomes the prime differentiator. Rule sets for Package Control are flexible enough that your enterprise can “teach” Epicor 10.1 to work with what works best for you, not the other way around.
Package Control in Epicor 10.1 operates like the license plate system to register cars – but with vastly more capacity to designate and manage your groups. With Package Control, you define each package and its contents. You input, track, and manipulate pertinent data points such as serial numbers and part codes. Once that’s done, the rest is easy. You can move each group wherever and however you like while enjoying full confidence that you have total visibility of the package’s contents.
With Package Control in Epicor 10.1, your company can finally move multiple products via container rather than scrambling to track movements on a part-by-part basis. Apart from saving you time and an alarming number of headaches, this new functionality opens a new frontier for industries in the automotive, aerospace, and medical sectors – to name just a few!
(Please note: Package Control functionality only works on outbound groups in Epicor 10.1. Package Control for inbound groups is currently slated for inclusion in Epicor 10.2.)
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