In Microsoft Dynamics AX, the term locationrefers to the place that items are drawn from. For each location, the place where the item is inserted can also be specified. The default is that they are the same. Items are usually inserted and drawn from the same side of a location, but not always. For example, items stored in live storage racks are inserted from one aisle and drawn from another.

The main input is given by a location name, which is usually determined by its coordinates: warehouse, aisle, rack, shelf, and bin. This name or ID can be entered manually or generated from the location coordinates; for example, 001-002-03-4 for aisle 1, rack 2, shelf 3, bin 4 in the form.

Note Note

You can automatically attach locations to a warehouse. In the form, click , and then select .

Location properties

A location has the following characteristics:

  • Size (number of pallets, height, width, and depth)

  • Pallet type group

  • Storage area

  • Picking area

  • Location type (inbound dock, outbound dock, pick location, bulk location)

A check text can be used in online systems to verify that the operator has selected the correct location for a specific item. This check text can be created manually or by default.

Sort codes

Use sort codes to optimize the handling of picking lines, which detail the information required for picking items from inventory, including the picking order. Sort codes can be specified by the aisle and other coordinates or assigned manually for the location.

Blocked locations

Occasionally, you have to block a location for a period of time, for example to allow for repairs. At other times you may want to block only the input or the output. It is possible to block either, or both, of these.

Location types

The following location types are used in Microsoft Dynamics AX:

  • – The area in the warehouse where received items are stored until they are transported to picking locations. Bulk locations are used to replenish picking locations as their stock decreases, and for picking full pallets.

  • – The place where items are stored until they are picked for shipment. They are kept here to ensure that they can be easily picked. The picking location is used for picking small quantities of an item. An item can have only one picking location in each warehouse.

  • – The locations in the warehouse where goods are received.

  • – The locations in the warehouse that goods are shipped from.

Location placement

Location placement can be categorized in terms of an input area or of a picking area.

Input areas

Input areas are areas in the warehouse designated for item placement in the warehouse upon receipt. Items are grouped based on similar characteristics or the order in which they are placed in their locations. For example, items that require cold storage would be in one input area, while items that can be stored in the general warehouse storage area would be in another.

Picking areas

Picking areas are assigned throughout a warehouse to group items that should be picked at the same time or by the same person. For example, items that require a forklift for picking and transport are in one picking area, while items that can be picked individually from floor level by a person with a hand truck would be in another.

Tree structure tab

In the form, you can view a graphical presentation of the locations. Locations appear in a tree structure based on their coordinates. The tree structure can also be used to find a specific location.

To define the tree structure's setup, click and select the data to be displayed. Select the check box to view the number of locations in underlying levels of the tree, such as the number of racks in an aisle or the number of shelves on a rack.

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