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Section:  Supervisor and Operator Guide
Topic:  System and Zone Config

Procedure Number: 12-102



System and Zone Config allows you to set features specific to your work environment.



1. System Config
2. Zone Config


1. System Config

  • The system and zone configuration files contain many settings for the program.
  • The settings accessed on the System Config tab include allocation method, file purging options, and flat file import options. See figure 1.


  • System Key

This is an internal setting required by the system. This will never need changing.

  • Allow Short Allocations

A Yes setting for this feature allows orders to be allocated and processed even if there is not enough inventory to completely fill the order. The system does not support any backordering so it is the responsibility of the host system to resend any shorted items.

Allocation Algorithm

The system allows a choice of one of four methods for order allocation: LeastQty: from the location with the least quantity, ExpDate: from the location with the earliest expiration date, ReceiptDate: from the location with earliest receipt date (FIFO), Beltzian: from a location chosen to balance total picks across all carousels.

  • Initiate Allocation

This setting selects when allocation is performed. There is a choice of three times: Download: when the order is downloaded, Zone when the workstation (zone) operator requests it, or Supervisor: when a supervisor requests it.

  • Flowrack Sort to Beginning

If checked, all flow rack picks are sorted to be completed before carousel picks (in a single zone).

  • Max Sortbar Positions

This setting specifies the number of Batch Pick Light positions, which also limits the number of orders per batch to this number.

  • Delete Bulk Empty Locations

If True, bulk locations are deleted when they are emptied.

  • Print Hot Pick Document

If True, a hot pick document (or traveler) is printed after each hot pick. This document prints on a page printer.

  • Disable Cyc Count on Short

If True, no cycle count is created in response to a short pick. The default is that a short pick triggers the queuing of a cycle count for the location.

  • Disable Process Cyc Cnt Recount

If True, the Recount button in the Review Cycle Counts screen is disabled. The default is to have the button enabled.

  • Cycle Count on Empty Location

If True, the Yes/No Option? will be enabled when True, Cycle Counts will be generated when a Order or Hot Pick drives a location QOH to zero.

If Yes/No Option? is True, operator will be prompted if location is empty. If No is selected, Cycle Count is created. If Yes is selected, QOH is zero and if a non-dedicated location, the part will be unassigned from that location.

  • Stock Secondary First?

If True, receipts are stocked to the secondary zone. If False, the primary zone is filled to the max zone quantity before stocking the secondary zone.

  • Tote Tracking?

This setting affects tote processing throughout the system. Once set during install, it should not be changed.

  • Bulk Auto Complete?

This setting affects bulk picking throughout the system. Once set during install, it should not be changed.

  • Delete Table Before Import

If this option is set to true, all imports will be defaulted to delete the table prior to the import. This option may be overridden at import time.

  • Delete File After Import

If this option is set to true, all import files will be deleted after they are imported. If it is set to false, the file will be moved to the archive folder.

  • Comma Delimited

This setting should be set to yes if the import files will be in a comma-delimited format.

  • Retain Completed Orders for Upload

If True, additional options will be available in the bottom right hand corner of the Browse.
These options allow the supervisor to select which type of orders are uploaded.

When an order type is checked, the Purge Completed Orders Utility will only purge Completed orders of that type when each order has been uploaded. If the flag is not checked, orders of that order type will purged when each order is Completed.

This is typically a customized feature, setting and unsetting Upload Order Types might not upload completed orders.

If the Retain Completed Orders for Upload flag is false, the Purge Completed Orders Utility will purge all order types when they are Completed.

  • Auto Purge Time (24 hr)

The time at which an autopurge program should be scheduled to run

  • Log Retention Period

This setting allows the system administrator to retain logging records for a specified number of days.  The Allocation Log, Expected Log, CycleCount Log, Location Detail Log & Order Detail Log records will be deleted.  This functionality is in conjunction with a SQL purge job which is typically set up by Dovetree. 

  • Data Retention Period

This setting allows the system administrator to retain order data (order header and order detail) for a specified number of days.  This functionality is in conjunction with a SQL purge job which is typically set up by Dovetree.  This automated functionality will mimic the Purge Completed Orders Utility.

  • Use 3 Digit Bin?

When True, a location string is interpreted as having 3 digits to designate the bin. The default value for this is 2 digits.
See figure 1.

Figure 1



2. Zone Config

  • The zone configuration tab identifies the number and type of zones in the system. "C" is used for carousel zones and "B" is used for bulk zones. If the carousels have lift platforms, the max lower shelf setting is recorded in this table.  This setting tells the software where the lower level of shelves end. An entry of 0 for this setting signifies no lift platform.
  • The options for pick lists and labels are customized for each site. If your site doesn't have customized labels or picks lists, setting these options will not work for your system. Each zone has the following options:
    See figure 2.


  • Print Part Label

This turns the pick label printing on and off

  • Print Order Label

This turns the order or tote label printing on or off

  • Print Shorts Only Report

For future feature

  • Print Tote Contents Report

This turns the printing of a tote contents report at end of the batch on or off

  • Print Zone Pick List

This turns on or off the printing of a report of all picks from a zone

  • Two Step Task Complete

This turns the two-step task complete on or off. This means operator must task complete after the pick from the carousel and again when item is placed in the order tote.

  • Disable Pick Commonality

Turning pick commonality off (True value in the browse) means operator will have to pick common parts from the same location multiple times. When pick commonality is not disabled (False value in the browse), the operator will pick the combined total from the carousel for disbursement into separate order totes.

  • Enable Skip Pick

This allows operator to skip picks (Shift F7) at the workstations.

  • Disable Pass Done Notification

This allows pass/done notification to not be displayed.

  • Allow Op to Change Qty

This enables an operator to change location quantity at the zone during picking or stocking.

  • Print Stock Label?

This turns the stock label printing on and off

  • Use Scale?

This turns the scale feature on and off

  • Disable Overpicking?
Restrict pick quantity to be no more than the allocated quantity.
  • Single Line Pick To Tote?

Allows Single Line Picks to be scanned directly to a Tote during the pick presentation.

  • Auto Apply Cycle Counts? (Supervisor and Short Pick Cycle Counts)

When True, Supervisor and Short Pick created Cycle counts will auto apply and the Review Cycle Counts program will not be needed to apply (and upload) the counts.

  • Confirm settings

This set of check boxes specifies which validation options to use for pick, stock, and cycle count operations in each zone. If a box is checked, location or part must be scanned to confirm the operation. This is currently implemented in carousel picking, RF picking and putaway as well as RF cycle counting.

Figure 2

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