Manual or outdated processes often slow warehouse operations. With evolving technology and a significant shift towards automation, warehouse operators are constantly assessing what additions to implement for increased efficiency. One such process to consider automating is how you scan and track inventory – using license plating. Inventory license plating plays a crucial role in the identification process to mark a pallet or group of materials and products.
Its primary use is to move the group of materials or pallets from one location to another without individually scanning the contents of that group. Inventory license plating eases the strain of hardships and errors in a warehouse so workers can more efficiently track and access critical data with one simple scan.
What is a License Plate?
License plating is a barcode reader system that groups together any set of materials or products and marks it with a unique number known as a License Plate Number (LPN). The identifier, called a License Plate Number (LPN), is assigned to a pallet, truck, product set, etc. The LPN number can also be assigned to the whole shipment or partial shipment depending on how one wants to receive or deliver the products.
The LPN is tracked via barcode or RFID onto an LPN label for a quick, easy scan. The scan provides all information included in the LPN. A single license plate can contain multiple data points, such as:
- Part number
- Order data
- Pick list number
- Packing slip number
- Serial number
- Lot number
- Units of Measure
- Customer information
- Supplier information
- Inventory status
- Manufacture date
- Expiration date
How does License plating help businesses?
License plate numbers (LPN’s) help in distinguishing each item for better lot management and traceability, and it also reduces the number of scans required to enter during transaction. More specifically, license plating can help your businesses be more efficient in multiple ways, including:
- Receiving shipments faster by allowing entering license plate information ahead of time
- Monitoring inventory items by license plate to detect any problems and proactively fix them
- Identifying popular warehouse items to make sure routes for those items are fast and efficient
- Tracking items in a pallet and ensuring everything is in the right place where it should be
- Speeding up overall warehouse operations by minimizing manual data entry
Role of LPN in Inbound operations
Role of LPN in Outbound operations
The LPN Process can be used for internal transfers between the plants or different warehouses.
Advantages of using LPN
- Faster goods receiving process with reduced human error
- Tracking of containers through the warehouse and maximizing space utilization
- Monitoring the shipment receipts and deliveries easily through proper supervision
- Help optimize the warehouse process of picking and putaway
- Track Lot numbers, serial numbers, and weights for faster movement of pallets
- Using pre-printed labels with different colors can help proper identification of incoming and outgoing shipments and faster movements