WAWF, UID and RFID - Three Reasons to Automate
Benefits of WAWF Automation
The advantages enjoyed by many large enterprises by electronically submitting Receiving Reports, Invoices, RFID and UID data to Wide-Area Workflow (WAWF) are available to smaller companies by using MIL-Comply. Collecting and organizing WAWF data offline, then submitting it electronically saves time and reduces rejections.
Reducing the burden of RFID and UID compliance are two of the strongest motivations for WAWF automation, as both can require the collection and correlation of large amounts of data that must be manually entered into the government’s web application. Collecting and organizing RFID and UID data offline, then submitting it electronically can be substantially more efficient, while also reducing errors and the rejections inherent in manual data-entry.
You may already be collecting and organizing Wide-Area Workflow data in your business systems that is then manually entered into the government's web application. Importing that data into MIL-Comply can save time and reduce errors.
Potential benefits of automation vary from company to company. Some of the tasks automated by MIL-Comply include:
- Labeling – about 90% of the data required for a WAWF Receiving Report and/or Invoice is also required for Mil-Std-129 labeling. Even more so when RFID and UID are required. MIL-Comply can collect and organize that data automatically and submit it to WAWF via EDI, reducing time, effort and errors. Related data maintained in your business systems can be fed into Comply/Labeling for even greater efficiency.
- UID – entering a large number of UID data into the WAWF web application can prove to be aggravating and error-prone. And correcting mistakes after WAWF acceptance requires access to the UID Registry, which presents its own set of challenges. With MIL-Comply you simply paste a list of UIIs into the database, where they may be submitted to WAWF and/or used for labeling. It is fast, easy and avoids costly errors. Even submitting embedded UID items is easy with MIL-Comply.
- RFID - using MIL-Comply to organize and submit RFID data to WAWF offers advantages for:
- Large Shipments – entering a large number of RFIDs, along with the CLIN and quantity associated with each, is a burden that is eliminated Comply/Labeling and Comply/RFID Manager.
- Palletized Loads – create an additional headache when done manually, but with MIL-Comply it can all be done automatically when the RFID labels are printed for the exterior containers. There is nothing else to do but click and submit.
- UID shipments – require each UII to be associated with the RFID of its container, then submitted to Wide-Area Workflow. If palletized, the UID, Case and Pallet RFID data must all be correlated. This is very simple to do with Comply/Labeling. Simply paste in a list of UIIs, specify the number of UID items per container, the number of containers per pallet. Then print, slap and ship. The RFID data is automatically correlated for submission to WAWF as an RFID Update or as part of a WAWF Receiving Report.
- Multi-Box UIDs – can be a significant challenge in WAWF, since the UII-marked item is shipped in multiple boxes. Each box must have its own RFID Case tag, resulting in multiple Cases per item and a Case/CLIN count that does not match the number shipped. While this can be a painful exercise on the free web application, MIL-Comply makes it simply, automatically organizing and submitting this complex data to WAWF.
- DLA DIBBS orders create a challenge due to high volumes and low margins. Eliminating WAWF invoice data entry can save considerable time. MIL-Comply instantly converts DIBBS orders into WAWF invoices, using the data received from DLA as electronic orders (EDI-850). Just add your invoice number and click the submit button. Any required labels and forms (e.g. DD1348) can be printed directly from the DIBBS data provided by DLA. MIL-Comply makes the process nearly effortless, saving time and eliminating errors. Learn more...
Many large enterprises integrate WAWF data processing into their business systems using electronic data interchange(EDI) formats (ANSI X12 and SFTP/UDF). This allows business systems to manage contract data, which is then used that data to drive Mil-Std-129 labeling and/or generation of WAWF Acceptance, Invoice and RFID transactions.
MIL-Comply makes WAWF integration easily available and affordable to companies of any size. It is easy and straightforward, allowing for rapid automation. The software may be connected with business systems ranging from spreadsheets to ERP systems, eliminating the need for manual data-entry into the WAWF web application. MIL-Comply will accept all or part of the required data, allowing the user to fill in the blanks.
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If this information is new to you, you may want to consider taking a WAWF training course.