But this measurement data is not very helpful if you still need to manually record and enter it into a host IT application.
CubeMaster WMS Integration Software is an automation powerhouse. It incorporates a Microsoft SQL database and runs on a specifically configured PC which forms part of the overall Cubiscan solution. CubeMaster enables the detailed measurement, validation, storage, management, and data export interface of tens or even hundreds of thousands of SKUs to a host WMS application.
CubeMaster is always configured to each individual client’s individual needs. Our IT people work closely with your IT people every step of the way. If you want complex verification metrics, no worries. If you want something simple, that’s okay too. CubeMaster accurately captures and stores volumetric and verification data from any Cubiscan model and, with its easy to understand front-end, it’s a breeze for anyone to use with minimal training.
Everything is handled by a robust database system which stores all information and handles important processes for the CubeMaster application. This allows CubeMaster to be flexible enough to fit the needs of any of our clients with a highly configurable back-end that can handle any task while leaving the operating side simple and easy to use.
CubeMaster Software Configuration Guide. Diverseco’s software engineers will work with you by email and telephone to configure CubeMaster software to your unique requirements.
CubeMaster Frequently Asked Questions
No. If you purchase CubeMaster each CubiScan system will then include a Windows PC which runs a local, Microsoft SQL Express database. This database is also used to store some of the CubeMaster settings so for the system to remain as a turnkey solution, the database must remain local and cannot be stored offshore or in your virtual server environment.
Through our CubeMaster software, the output file can be configured to a convenient format for you. Including but not limited to .txt, .csv and .dat, with a range of delimiter options (comma, pipe, tab, etc.).
Diverseco prefer to use a text file with a tab or pipe (|) delimiter. Some people may call this “archaic” but for all the “improvements” of these new whiz-bang, one solution-fits-all formats, these formats use a minimal amount of space, allows commas in fields such as descriptions, can be opened and read easily by a human (such as an operator or IT professional) and can be handled by most systems.
As this is a highly configurable section of the software and key to the integration aspect of the solution, please discuss your needs with the Sales and Engineering staff at Diverseco to find a solution specific to you.
The system is designed to be turnkey and standalone so that in the event of a network or power failure, you can focus on that, while your operators can keep dimensioning. As the files are exported locally before transfer, in a completely standalone case, they can be collected using a USB.
However, as part of the integration, automation magic, CubeMaster’s Import and Export folders (C:\Users\Public\Scale Components\WMS\Export OR Import) can be set up to fileshare (SMB) or as an FTP or SFTP server for you to pull and push. If you would like CubeMaster to do the pulling and pushing of data we support SMB, FTP and SFTP.
As this is an area of key importance to the integration and connectivity of your system, please discuss your needs with the Sales and Engineering staff at Diverseco to find a solution specific to you.
The system is designed to be turnkey and standalone so that in the event of a network or power failure, you can focus on that, while your operators can keep dimensioning. So essentially, if the system is never connected to a network, the only risks are viruses transferred through USB.
If the system is connected to your network, it is as secure as your network in combination with the Windows Updates. Windows 10 force updates and we don’t stop that or turn it off. Windows and Windows defender do a good job in today’s world of patching their OS and keeping their definitions up to date.
CubeMaster does not inherently contain any safety breaches. Regular network safety checks and maintenance along with Windows updates should keep most threats under check. For remote support we use TeamViewer and you can read about their security here.
I’m going to start off by saying that we want to make the operator’s life as easy as possible to collect the best / most data. The age old saying still holds true; “good data in, good data out”. As soon as the task becomes too hard for the operator or they are provided with too many options, the data starts to deteriorate, and we want to keep the data as “clean” as possible. For example, if you expect each operator to enter a description you can bet they will all be different. But if the description is provided as a read only field for them to validate the item they are cubing, the data will remain “clean”. Taking time to enter a description also decreases the system’s throughput.
There are up to 21 customisable fields (other than Product ID, UOM, length, width, height and weight) which can also be recorded, saved and managed. Due to the vast requirements of all our customers, these fields serve as descriptions fields only and have no process logic behind them – this customer wants Nestability but that customer wants Security Risk. But you want the units in millimetres instead of centimetres, easy. You want a dropdown of your UOMs, no worries. You want the Product ID to be searchable, done!
Really, CubeMaster is your oyster (wait, that doesn’t sound right but you get what I mean). Take a moment to think about what features you would like to capture and have a chat to us, and we can help either making it work or finding another suitable outcome.
Our sales rep will provide you with our latest configuration document for you to complete. When you get it, if you feel a little overwhelmed or have any questions whatsoever, please contact the sales rep or our engineering department and we can walk you through it or assist you. It’s all part of our service.
This comes back to our previous FAQ: “How configurable is CubeMaster?” We want to make the operator’s life as easy as possible to collect the best / most data. By sending us your data we can import it into the local database and perform a search for that item when an operator starts cubing it. If there is no data, the operator must enter every field, again (because we’re pretty sure it’s already somewhere in your system).
Like the exports, CubeMaster imports from its local Import folder (C:\Users\Public\Scale Components\WMS\Import). How that data gets to this local folder is discussed in the FAQ How do we collect the data from CubeMaster? CubeMaster can perform:
- Delta updates – if the product already exists, do nothing otherwise add it; or
- Field updates – updates an item without changing the measurements and adds any new items.
CubeMaster also imports UOMs – if the UOM doesn’t exist, add it. So due care needs to be taken as well because an EA and EACH are different in CubeMaster – “good data in, good data out”.
Almost whatever you want. Let’s start with a quick definition. To us:
- An Export is data that flows out of CubeMaster and into your system
- An Import is data that flows out of your system and into CubeMaster
Exports can happen per transaction in near real time – obviously there is processing time from saving to file writing to transferring to your system updating. But basically, it can happen per transaction if you require. Nearly everyone wants this, however, not many customers need it. It’s a nice to have but it can put strain on your system / network and in all honesty, by the time the operator needs to do anything with the item they have just scanned anywhere between 5min to an hour could have elapsed.
As CubeMaster runs a local Microsoft SQL Express database, CubeMaster is limited by the limits found within Microsoft SQL Express. If an import is triggered while another import is currently happening (concurrent import), the second import never occurs, and the first import stops at that point and cancels. So, things like filesize (this comes back to What is the interfacing data file format for CubeMaster (AKA an API)?), time between imports and update type (Imports into CubeMaster (Exports from your WMS/ERMS/ERP)?) all play a role and therefore import frequency should be treated on a case by case basis. We have found that a frequency of 20min suits nearly every customer.
This is always an interesting and challenging point to explain to someone:
- CubiScan = Hardware
- CubeMaster = Software (runs on the PC)
The CubiScan (hardware) is a very precise measuring tool and as such only captures the basics – length, width, height and weight. The CubeMaster (software) that runs on the PC, makes the system a smart system. They are completely separate parts of the puzzle but extremely complimentary and turn the entire system into a turnkey solution.
Our dimensioners come in many configurations, designed for the most optimal performance in varying situations, to suit your requirements. Your CubiScan product can weigh and measure the dimensions of your inbound and outbound SKU items. With the implementation of our CubeMaster programming up to 21 other customisable fields can also be recorded, saved and managed within your SKU database.
Different models suit different applications.
- The CS100 is perfect for small to medium, inbound and outbound, square packed items.
- The CS150 is perfect for medium to larger, inbound and outbound, square packed items and ideal if you’re in the freighting world and starting to invest in automation.
- The CS325 can read small to medium, cube and irregular items. The perfect all-rounder.
- The CS25 is the CS325’s baby brother, small cube and irregular items. Think stationery, books and fittings.
The system is designed to be turnkey and standalone so that in the event of a network or power failure, you can focus on that, while your operators can keep dimensioning. With this in mind, if you purchase CubeMaster with your system (which is great idea, by the way!), each CubiScan system will then include a Windows PC which runs a local, Microsoft SQL Express database. This database is also used to store some of the CubeMaster settings so for the system to remain as a turnkey solution, the database must remain local and cannot be stored offshore or in your virtual server environment.
Your data is recorded locally in this database after having been measured by the CubiScan machine and processed in the CubeMaster software. From here we include a desktop shortcut to our “Export” folder (C:\Users\Public\Scale Components\WMS\Export) where your outgoing transactions are recorded in a file for collection or further transfer. This again ensures that if anything should happen externally (power failure etc), no data is lost – it is stored in the database as well as in a local file.