September 28, 2020

VPS 3.24.0 & 3.24.1 Release Notes

September 28, 2020

VPS 3.24.0

New Features

None.

Enhancements to Existing Functionality

NGDT-1005 – Product Screen: Do not allow VPS to save a product without a description

Currently, a product can be saved without a description. With this improvement, the description can still be modified but not removed. If the user tries to save the product without a description, a popup message is displayed.

NGDT-1384 – Small Systems Kiosk Application: Fix login error on kiosk app (Knoxville)

A picking user logs in and presses “Get Work” on the Kiosk screen each time they want to complete a pallet. Before this fix, they were not notified that enough time has elapsed before they can get more work. The user will now be notified.

The following images show the Login Screen and the Kiosk.

If the user tries to Get Work too soon, before the system considers the job can be done, the following popup screen comes up:

The Kiosk last job transaction delay is a setting within the Core Plugs. The customer can adjust the time (in minutes) on the Module Settings tab below:

Bug Fixes

NGDT-588 – Build Error: Warehouse pallet creation for customers with wide pallet default container type (Superior)

A build error occurred on site to customers with the default container type of Wide. These types of customers need to have all pallets delivered on wide pallets. The problem occurred when an ordered product did not have a wide pallet configuration defined (Warehouse layers & units per layer). The build logic has been modified to build these customers’ pallets on wide pallets even though no configuration is defined. Superior has a business process in place to handle placing the standard warehouse pallet on top of a wide pallet.

NGDT-1142 – Build Error: Core command Build error (Superior)

When attempting to build a Live route, a build error was generated. The error pointed to a route in the database that had an invalid stop index. It seems that changes were done to the route during production, possibly the deletion of a stop. Therefore, to be able to keep track of stop deletions, the VPS tracelog now keeps record of stop deletions.

NGDT-1309 – Building Issue: Kegs put in wrong bay (Superior)

This issue is related to the bay assignment of keg containers on a sideload truck. This solution required changes to the VPS application and the verification that the equipment is correctly defined. To make sure that the equipment’s record has the proper values, select the correct Bay Type (height) and enter the number of kegs allowed in the Kegs per Bay field.

After this fix and the correction of equipment definition, the kegs were assigned to the proper bays.

VPS 3.24.1

New Features

None.

Enhancements to Existing Functionality

NGDT-1306 – Small Systems: Build a better Vertique-Only (HandStack) pallet (Knoxville)

New release logic has been introduced into how HandStack units are ordered within the Small System configuration. Currently these HandStack units are released based on the product’s assigned Package Type’s Hand Stack priority value (lower numbered priorities are placed lower on the pallet). With the introduction of this new release logic, the HandStack units will first be evaluated to see if the quantity ordered can be placed in a layer. If the quantity can make a layer, the layer will be defined only if the product has an assigned Palletizer Pattern associated with the product’s Package Type. Once all layers have been defined, the remaining product quantities that do not equal the assigned package type pattern will be released based on the Hand Stack Priority. If no Palletizer Pattern is assigned to the product’s package type, then the release order will be based on the HandStack Priority.

This new functionality will have the HandStack units released in a good layer building order allowing for more efficient HandStacking as well as more stable pallets.

The following screenshot shows the location of the assigned HandStack Priority and the assigned Palletizer Pattern on the example Package Type:

 

NGDT-1424 – HSPA Builder SwiftPick Functionality: Add ability to pick from two different HSPA lanes (PBV sites)

The current HSPA Builder functionality has been enhanced with the ability to add an additional HSPA picking lane. The functionality in the SwiftPick drop-down list will be identified as HSPA Builder 1 and HSPA Builder 2. Each HSPA Builder application will have uniquely assigned locations and barcodes. All the HSPA containers that need to be built will be displayed on both HSPA Builder screens until a location has been assigned to the pallet by the operator. This allows the correct pallet building order to remain. There is no change to the basic HSPA Builder functionality. Once the HSPA pallet has been built using either the HSPA Builder 1 or 2 application, it will appear in the HSPA Pickup application for loading to the assigned truck.

Bug Fixes

None.