Important Update: Please note that containers have been converted to physical combinations with the rollout of new equipment types. You can find your (former) containers in the 'category Equipment' module -> filter_list Filter by 'Converted containers' folder Folder or in the 'warehouse  Warehouse' module -> 'Combinations'.

The Combinations sub-module allows you to know the content of a physical combination without needing to open it, speed up the warehouse’s processes by booking a combination of items packaged together with one click/scan, as well as track serial numbers, so you know exactly where every piece of equipment is or was.

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Sub-module Overview

To access the 'Combinations' sub-module, go to the Screenshot 2023-11-23 at 15.29.32.png Warehouse module and follow the steps from the video below:

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Filter by folders
You can easily filter your view by folders. You can find your (former) containers by clicking on filter_list Filter by 'Converted containers' folder Folder
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View 'Content status'
After setting up your combinations, simply scan their QR code to see what's inside and if the combination is complete. You no longer have to check your equipment manually while packing.
Instead, you can utilize content statuses to indicate the completeness of each serial number in your physical combination. This is especially useful when dealing with transport cases containing many adapters, small items, and accessories.
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How it works

Speed up the warehouse’s processes by booking a combination of items packaged together with one click/scan
When packing your equipment before a project, scan the QR code of your combination to change its content from status to status. There is no need to scan items individually, so packing processes are much quicker, there is less room for mistakes and fewer chances of damaging expensive equipment.
Track serial numbers 
After you’ve set up and sealed your combinations, Rentman will automatically track the contents of your combinations during transport and even between projects.
Example Imagine you’re at an event with 6 semi-trailer trucks of gear, and you need to find a small adapter. Previously, you would need to manually check every transport case to find it.
With combinations, this can easily be done in 3 steps. 
  1. In the Rentman Mobile App, open the all_inbox Combinations sub-module.
  2. Enter the name of the item you are searching for.
  3. In the search results, you will see which Combination has the item and its 'Content status'.
Pack loose items in your combinations 
Pack a combination of loose items (like cables) in a transport case and track its contents throughout a project, so you’re always aware of which items are in which transport case during the build-up of an event. Then, print a label with the contents of the transport case and attach it, to make it clear for everyone.

Adding a new combination

In the app’s warehouse  Warehouse module:

  1. Go to the Warehouse module  > Select the project > Start booking.
  2. Click on 'Scan' icon IMG_2344.jpg and scan the QR code of your combination.
  3. Choose the Serial number and expand the view by clicking on Screenshot 2024-07-16 at 18.30.14.png.
  4. Swipe left to Unseal the combination and click on Edit buttonScreenshot 2024-07-16 at 18.30.06.png.
  5. Start scanning the items that you would like to add to the combination, then click on the Lock icon Screenshot 2024-07-16 at 18.29.57.png to seal the comabination when you’re done. 
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This is the most convenient way to add combinations during busy periods, as it can be done at the same time you're packing equipment in your warehouse. It is ideal if you are familiar with booking equipment in and out of their warehouse already.

In the desktop'swarehouse Warehouse module:

    1. Go to the Warehouse module > Select the project > Book return > Start to book.
    2. Scan the QR code of the serial number of your container.
    3. Unseal the combination and click on edit edit.
    4. Start scanning the items that you would like to add to the Container, then click on the Lock icon to seal the comabination when you’re done. 

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Assigning QR codes to your combinations

Like all equipment in Rentman, a QR is going to be automatically generated in Rentman if you don’t decide to add your own. You still can add your QR code to your combinations at a later time and changing the one Rentman generated automatically.

Edit a QR code in the app:
  1. Go to the Warehouse moduleBook return → Select the project → Start to book.
  2. Slide the combination to the left > Details.
  3. Go to the Details tab > Edit QR codes.
  4. Scan the QR code of your combination.
Edit a QR code of the combination on your desktop:
  1. Go to the Warehouse module > mceclip0.pngCombinations submodule.
  2. Double-click on a combination to edit it.
  3. Click on + Add QR-codes and scan the QR code of your combination.

Print QR-code labels

You can print your QR-code labels to scan and see what’s inside your transport case and book the contents of your transport cases without needing to open them.

On your desktop: 

  1. Go to the warehouse  Warehouse module.
  2. Select the combination you need to print QR codes for > More actions … > Create combination slip.
  3. Select your document template and letterhead > Generate > Print.

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Stick the new QR codes on your transport cases, et voilà! They’re ready to be used on upcoming projects!

FAQs

Why did the Containers sub-module change to Combinations? What’s the difference between combinations and containers?
Containers have now become part of the equipment database. They are physical combinations with flexible content inside. You can now plan these combinations, making them even more flexible in terms of their content!
I see new combinations being created from containers. I am also creating new combinations and filling in the actual content in the Warehouse module. These combinations don’t have any default content. Can I copy the actual content after I fill it in to default content?
Yes, please check out this article to see how to do it.
Can you put virtual & physical combinations inside another combination?
Yes, you can. Nested combinations allow you to structure your equipment combinations in layers, making your planning more modular and adaptable. Whether you are dealing with complex projects that require specific combination settings or managing inventory with dynamic needs, nested combinations can streamline your processes.
Why should I seal my combinations?
After sealing a combination in Rentman, its content cannot be changed any more until you unseal it. Therefore, your crew will know that the content remains the same as when it was sealed. The next time you want to use the combination, simply scan the QR code to see what's inside.
I don't have a printer to print my QR codes
Rentman sells pre-printed sheets of QR codes for our customers. You can order the stickers by emailing us at support@rentman.io with your order, quantity, size, and address. Read more about quantities and sizes, as well as how to order these QR codes on this support center page.
Which document template should I use for my Container's QR code?
You can find a default template to use as Combinations slip in the Configuration > Document templates > Combination slip or in the Configuration > Document templates > Template library > Container label. You can also customize your template to make it more applicable to your processes.

 

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