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The Assembly module is meant to aid you in putting together the garments for an order after they have been through their cleaning process. This module can be used on its own or in conjunction with LARA. This article will focus on the Assembly module itself, not combined with LARA.
NOTE: The Assembly module is not enabled by default. You must contact firstname.lastname@example.org and request that they configure this module for you.
- To reach the Assembly module, from the Main Menu, select the Assembly button.
- Upon reaching the Assembly module you will need to enter or scan an invoice number or barcode. This will depend on your Assembly process. If you use Heat Seal, you can scan the barcode on the garment. This is the fastest way to assemble because the employees will never have to manually key in data. If you are not using heat seal, you need to key in the invoice number that is printed on the garment tag that is printed when the invoice is created. Once entered, you can press enter on your keyboard or touch or click on the green Add button. In this example, we will key in an invoice number, 475-1 and click on the Add button. If you use a scanner, you will NOT need to press enter on your keyboard or use the Add button. This will happen automatically when the garment is scanned.
- Once the garment has been entered, you will see several items on the screen, there are two of note.
- A large yellow box will appear displaying a spot number. This is the spot where the garment must be placed during the Assembly process. This can be a spot on a long rail that you have divided into multiple designated numbered sections, it can be a spot on a long table that you have divided into numbered sections, it can be numbered cubbies or lockers, etc. However, you organize your area, the important detail for this to work is that your sections are numbered. If you are using LARA, at this point a specific hanger will illuminate red, indicating to the employee that the item should be hung on that hanger. This number will appear each time a garment for this order (475-1) is scanned or entered. We will illustrate this a few more times, as well as what occurs when the final item on an order is placed on a spot.
- In the lower portion of the screen, all the order’s information will appear, including the spot to which the order is assigned. Of particular importance, is the piece counter for that order. Here we see that order 475-1 has 3 pieces in total and we have just put 1 piece, on Spot #1.
- If we scan or enter a different order (476-1), the same elements are displayed but note that because it is a different order, it is assigned a different spot number, in this case, #2. You can also see the spot number in the row corresponding to 476-1, that the order has 2 pieces and we have only assembled 1 piece so far. Subsequent orders with a different number will be assigned different spots numbers.
- When we scan or enter another garment for our first order, 475-1, the system will again instruct us to put it in Spot #1. In addition, note that the piece count for the order changes. Now it displays that we have assembled 2 of the 3 pieces in this order.
- When we assemble the final piece for order 475-1, several elements are displayed to show that the assembly process is complete for this order.
- Enlite prompts the user to put the last garment of the order on spot #1 but this time it displays it in green instead of yellow. If you are using LARA, the hanger will illuminate a green light to indicate where the piece should be placed and that the entire order has been assembled.
- The piece count for order 475-1 shows that it is complete, in this case, indicating that 3 of the 3 pieces have been assembled. Also, note that the entire record turns green to indicate it is complete.
- Finally, the Enlite displays a print confirmation. Once an order has been fully assembled, the system will print the shop ticket (invoice) for this order. The employee would take the shop ticket and hang it with the garments and leave the fully assembled order ready to be moved to the rack. Please refer to our Racking knowledge base article for instructions on how to complete that process.
- Now that Spot #1 is complete, the system will not place any new orders on that spot. Before the system can reuse that spot, the order needs to be cleared. To do this, simply select the order that you wish to clear by clicking or touching the checkbox in the corresponding row. Then press the Clear button.
- Once the Clear button is pressed, record 475-1 is gone from the list and Spot #1 is cleared and ready to be used by the system. The number of spots the system has available is configurable. When you request that the Assembly module be configured for your system, you will be asked for the number of spots you use. This will be determined by your volume, the size of your work area and how many spots it can fit or by how many LARA hangers you have.
- If you make a mistake, for example, below I have assembled the final piece for 476-1 and now it is showing complete, but I have done so by accident, I meant to key in a different invoice. To correct this, first, we must click on the yellow History button on the right.
- On the History screen, we can see the actions we have taken in the Assembly module. First on the list is the invoice we last worked with, in this case, 476-1. The Assembly Pieces field can be edited. I accidentally assembled the second and final piece of order 476-1 on the previous step. So here in the History screen, I am correcting my mistake by setting the number of Assembly Pieces back to 1. Essentially, removing the piece that I accidentally assembled in the previous step. Note that when an edit has been made, you receive a green success message in the bottom left corner. When you are finished editing, click or touch the Close button on the right.
- Upon returning to our Assembly screen we see that 476-1 now correctly reads that only 1 of 2 pieces have been Assembled.
- Finally, the print button is there to allow you to print an invoice for any order. As mentioned before, this happens automatically when an order has been fully assembled. However, if the printer was out of ink or out of paper you can print the invoice at any time. Simply select the checkbox for the order you wish to print and click or press the Print button.