How do you set up work orders in the JDA RedPrairie system?

Setting Up Work Orders in JDA RedPrairie WMS

JDA RedPrairie WMS work order setup can vary depending on the complexity of your project. Depending on your company’s business rules, there are different ways to set up a work order.  Work orders can range from the very complex, like measuring ingredients for a recipe, to something as simple as a repackaging work order.

An example work order could be the following:

  • You have a cellphone with a SIM card and we have to package both items together.
  • The finalized package could either have a new part number or it could go into the same item SKU as the main package component (the cellphone).
  • In this instance, A+B=A, where you have the cellphone (A) and added the SIM card (B) but the shipped package SKU will match the model number of the cellphone (A).

Using Bill of Materials and RedPrairie Work Orders

One important part of a work order is the bill of materials (BOM). A bill of materials is a list of all the materials needed for a work order. You can have revisions of a BOM based on different components.

Here are some examples of how a BOM can be used with work orders:

  • You can have a default BOM so that the system will always create one in a particular way unless you change an item or quantity.
  • You can also set up replenishments to create a BOM when your inventory starts running low on an item that creates with a work order.

Once you have your BOM, you can create your work order. However, it is important to point out you don’t need a BOM to build a JDA RedPrairie WMS work order, and many host systems will integrate work orders directly into JDA RedPrairie.

How Do You Complete JDA RedPrairie Work Orders?

After you have your work order set, these things are important to remember when completing your work order:

  • Your work order will start when you have at least enough components to create one component, case, or pallet.
  • You can send out your pickers to have them pick an item or you can have a non-allocable item such as boxes at a work station.
    • A non-allocable item will reduce your inventory but it will not have to be picked to show that it was consumed in the work order.
  • You can identify the components needed either on a graphical user interface (GUI) or on a Radio Frequency (RF) scanner.
  • Once you have yielded all the components you want as your final assembly, you’ll want to put your residuals away.
    • Residuals are any component you did not use, consume, or any that were scrapped.
  • You’ll have to account for the scrap and anything needed to put away before you can close the work order.
  • The final step in the work order process is to receive the work order and begin the identify and receive process.


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