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Change batch - TO Creation


Is there a way. after a TO is created, and we are pulling the material, we may find that there is a shortage of a batch,or because of location, it is better for the warehouse to pull a different batch. We would need to make a change to what batch is pulled, or a quantity in a particular batch. Many of the TO's have more than 10 items,and it would be better based on the number of the TO's to be able to show exactly what was pulled either during confirmation or before confirmation, even if this could be corrected after. We would prefer to make a correction, than cancel and reissue the T.O



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    Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 02:20 PM

    Hello Andrea,

    For any Incorrect Batch Data in TO, you can Cancel the created TO line item and create a New TO. You cannot change the Batch while Confirming the TO.

    Also for any created TO, if the Quantity is incorrect you can confirm the Transfer Order with Difference Indicator.


    Sai Arala.

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  • Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 04:39 PM

    The way you are describing it, it looks like you need a custom front-end to maintain the picks by quantity. At the end of the pick, you would match up the batches from the TO and the actual pick, confirm those. For the remainder you would create a new TO with reference to the delivery and confirm immediately.

    To the user, it will appear that they are just picking from the bin. All the complexity is hidden in the custom program.

    The other alternative, if you are using SU management, if the storage type is marked as bulk storage, a batch will not be specified in the TO and you can pick any batch from the specified bin.

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  • Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 06:19 PM

    it is not known for which process the pick is done and how your WM is setup in general and for what you use batch management at all.

    E.g. if you pick for a movement that was already done in MM (MM prior to WM), e.g. a goods issue to cost center, in that case the goods issue for the batch has already happened and you have to pick what is shown in the TO.

    Also if you pick for a delivery where the batch determination was already done in the delivery, or even when the batch was already entered in the sales order, then you cannot just pick another batch.

    This comes pretty much down to the point why you have batch managed materials at all. What is the purpose of the batch? Is there any strategy of first in first out? is the batch used for quality reasons? Does a batch have certain characteristics that have to fit with the need of the customer.... I could continue for quite while with such questions.

    It is rarely up to the warehouse worker to decide which batch he can pick.

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    • Jürgen L wrote:

      It is rarely up to the warehouse worker to decide which batch he can pick.

      I wish it was rarely 🤪... You won't believe the number of times I have had to change things at the last minute just before a go live, because the warehouse folks wanted to do their own thing and SAP side management just shrugs and says "Give it to them, they are paying our bills". This is both for put away and picking... Then they wonder why they have problems with FIFO and expired material and then they blame SAP or the consultant and start the process all over again - only to have the warehouse object again - and so the world goes round!!

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