The Savanna.NET® WCS Functionality:

The Savanna.NET® WES Warehouse Control System (WCS) functions directly control the real-time activities of automated material handling equipment, such as equipment control and storage optimization for product retrieval. Automation requires WCS functionality; without automation, there is no need for a WCS. An effective WCS provides functionality allowing the operator to optimize their application and material handling investment, while improving the efficiency of their operations.

The Savanna.NET® WES allows users to enable or disable the WCS functions as needed. This approach allows companies to implement an integrated WMS and WCS solution, while only using the functionality needed at the time.  As automation is introduced, the WCS functionality can be enabled, thus saving time, training and other costs associated with buying a new system.

Savanna.NET® WCS optimizes your warehouse automation

Automation Management

Savanna.NET® eliminates the need for a WMS-WCS interface with its integrated system. This two-in-one method utilizes a single system to perform the tasks of both a WMS and a WCS simplifying communication and controls-exchanges are not complicated by duplicated data or controls. Examples of this control include, but are not limited to:

  • PLCs (conveyor, robotic, S/RM, etc.) – The WCS communicates instructions to the Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), which in turn, send instructions for machines to move, store or retrieve product.
  • Printers – The WCS integrates with printers, sending information for barcode labels and shipping labels. The systems work together to print the labels based on certain cues from the WCS and PLCs.
  • Barcode Readers/Scanners – Barcode readers and scanners are configured for a particular barcode format. Operators can scan the barcode to enter the pallet/order into the system or locate product.

Management and visibility of every automated device in the system interfaced with Savanna.NET®, as well as their current states and real-time state information about devices, are quickly and easily retrieved from the system. Information regarding the current state of each piece of equipment, as well as activities within the system, allows the operator to quickly analyze any problematic areas and provides a method for fault recovery utilizing the Westfalia System Monitoring and Reporting Toolset (S.M.A.R.T.) product suite.

Scheduler

  • Service to schedule events to occur within the system.
  • Primarily used to schedule routine maintenance tasks such as cleaning data tables and moving data to a history (archiving) database.
  • Other routine events, such as re-warehousing, may also be organized and controlled via this tool.

Our Mission: To deliver unparalleled warehousing solutions by earning the trust of our customers, understanding their business needs and honoring the commitments we make.