Kitting Process

Kits are finished goods that are stored on the shelves.  They are created by combining multiple components.  For a more detailed explanation see the page explaining Bundles, Assemblies, and Kits.

Kit Stations

Kits are created at a kitting station.  For the purposes of the WOS Custom Pages kitting process, these kit stations are locations that house inventory.  Component items are either stored and replenished into the kit locations or they are moved into the kit location when specific kits are needing to be built.

The main component items should be inventoried and specifically accounted for during the kitting process.  Other, more consumable, items can be stored in the kitting process in a few ways.  These would include things like packaging or other items that might not warrant specific inventory transactions.

  • Granular inventory:  Treat these items like any other kit component.  Inventory the items in the Kit location.  List them on the bundle so that usage can be decremented as kits are created.  Replenish inventory to the kit locations as needed.
  • Consumables:  Treat these items like consumables.  Backstock inventory for these items are tracked.  When backstock is moved to the kit locations, that inventory is "consumed" as far as system tracking goes.  This allows freedom at the kitting station to use as the items as necessary.  Backstock inventory gives a system view of how much is available while not tracking specifics at each kit location.  As inventory in the kit locations runs low, more items are "consumed" to replenish the kit locations.

Note: For purposes explained below, the Kit Stations are recommended to be created as locations of type replenish. 

Kit Creation

During kit creation, inventory of the component items is consumed and new inventory for the finished kit is created.

A Custom Page assists in kit creation by performing these steps:

  1. Input a Kit Station
  2. Input the Kit to be made
  3. The Kit Creation page will then display the components of the kit and the available inventory in the selected Kit Station location.
  4. After the kits are created, the Quantity made is entered on the page
    1. Quantity made is limited to the inventory available in the Kit Station
  5. The Consumed quantity of each component is calculated based on the per-kit quantity entered in the component list.
  6. A Scrap or Overage Quantity can be entered on each component line.  This allows for additional quantities of the components to be decremented for cases where something was damaged or scrapped during the kitting process
  7. When finished, the kit is submitted and the following is performed
    1. Delete both Consumed and Scrap quantities of each component out of the Kit Station location in WOS.
    2. Add the finished Kit item to the Kit Station location based on the quantity made
    3. Perform additional integrations to a host system as necessary

Finished Kit Inventory

After the kit has been created, the finished kit items need to be put back on the shelf into inventory.  The inventory records will exist in the Kit Station location and will need to be moved back into the regular inventory locations.

This can be completed in 2 ways

  • Replenishment App
    • If the Kit Station is created as a Replenish location type, then the Replenishment App can be used to put the finished kit back into inventory
    • Open the Replenish Put portion of the app and scan the Kit Station as the starting location.  All of the unused components and finished kits will be displayed.  Normal putaway processes can be followed.
  • Inventory Moves
    • Moves within the Manage Inventory app can be used to move these items back into inventory

Kit Component Preparation

Before kits can be completed, inventory for the components needs to be moved into the Kit Station location.  

A custom page will help identify kits that need to be created and how to replenish the locations with inventory for the kit components.  Details about this page wil be coming.