The Z1W Kitting function allows you to manage the process of assembling and disassembly of items to Kits/Assemblies. (In this document Kits mean Kits and Assemblies.)
There two parts to the Kitting Function
- Kit Models – defines which items go into which assemblies (recursive levels)
- Kit Instances – the completed assemblies in inventory
You can define any SKU as an assembly of items. You create a new SKU item, give it a description then “construct” it from one or more other SKU defined items. Because the system is recursive, you may define the Kit/Assembly components using either individual items or other Kit/Assembly items. There is no limit to the levels in the system so you may define virtually any assembly of items using the Kit/Assembly Models. Any Kit/Assembly may function as a component to one (or more) other Kit/Assemblies and any Kit/Assembly may be used as a Top-Level item if desired.
Assembly documentation and videos
Z1W includes a scan/image/document management system that allow you to upload images and documentation to store kitting instruction. You can also use the system to link to YouTube videos to show how kitting is done. These documents and videos are available to the staff and/or your authorized trading partners. Now everyone has access to the up-to-date method of creating kits.
You can get status of Kits built at any time. You may also select a Kit model then select the “Build” function and quickly view how many kits may be constructed from currently available inventory.
You may also enter the desired number of kits you’d like to construct. The system provides a complete list of items needed to build the desired number of kits along with current on-hand quantities and detailed quantities of any items that need to be acquired in order to complete the desired final kit quantity.
Because it is all recursive, you may analyze this at any level. This means you may start at the top level and see all of the detail below, or you may start at any lower level to determine the Kit build status any where up or down your assembly process.
Once your Kit model has been built, you may manage the picking and Kitting construction using the order processing function in Z1W. For example, if you wish to build 100 Kitted Assemblies, simply enter the desire number of finished goods, then the picking ticket will be created along with reference build instructions. The inventory will be properly depleted of component parts and the quantity of the newly completed item will be properly added to the inventory records of the newly constructed assemblies.
It’s also possible to do “on-the-fly” kitting. This means you may select a Kitted SKU with zero inventory available and place it on the order. The picking instructions will indicate the components needed to create the kitted product at the time of picking.
Kitting may also be used to manage packaged products. For example, you may have 12 items contained in each case. Simply define the components with Kitting Models then you may manage inventory at the case level instead of the item level. If you wish, you may also “Un-Kit” items allowing you to transform cases into individual items for unit shipments.
Because the Kitting is recursive, you can easily handle multiple “Packs”. For example, you may have a product that is packed 6 jars per box, 4 Boxes per carton and 6 cartons per case. Kitting can handle all of this and allow you to select and manage shipments at any level with on-the-fly “Un-Kitting” as well.
Simply select the unit SKU level you wish to ship, make certain that “Unit Sales” (Un-Kitting OK) is selected on the parent item and you’re good to go. Now you can ship at any component level without complex inventory re-balancing. Of course, all inventory is tracked properly so if you ship “jars”, the units will correctly reflect the new corresponding inventory quantities of jars, boxes, cartons and cases on-hand. A complete audit trail exists detailing the kit/un-kit process and what took place to create your new inventory balances.
Kitting will be available the second quarter 2018. Click here if you’re interested in Z1W Kitting and we will keep you up to date.