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Putaway strategy based on nearest empty bin

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In my storage type there are different bins, how is it possible for me to have the system propose a nearest empty bin for a putaway location, nearest empty need not be the next empty bin strategy, what considerations i should take during bin creation, how can this be linked to the sort sequence,need a clean explanation of this issue.

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    Posted on Jul 11, 2007 at 04:16 PM

    Hi

    You can use sort variable function to map nearer to your requirement, called as Cross-line stock putaway.

    Cross-Line Stock Putaway

    In this function, a sort variable helps the system to search for suitable storage bins. With the sort variable, you can eliminate the problems caused by one-sided loading in the warehouse and optimize the stock putaway process in your warehouse. If the sort variable has not been defined, the system sorts using the storage bin coordinate itself

    With the putaway strategies L (next storage bin) and P (storage unit type), you can influence the search for a suitable storage bin with the help of a sort variable. This method can also be set up for storage types with putaway strategies L (Addition to existing stock) or B (Bulk storage), since if the system does not find a bin for adding to existing stock, it will use sort variables to find an empty storage bin.

    For more information on this refer

    http://help.sap.com/saphelp_47x200/helpdata/en/c6/f844de4afa11d182b90000e829fbfe/frameset.htm

    Regards

    Ramakrishna

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    Posted on Jul 11, 2007 at 07:02 AM

    Hi James.

    There is not really a standard nearest empty bin function

    However, if your bin numbers are created in a logical order you could use the stock placement sort configuration to select empty bins and assign the transfer order items in bin number priority

    Example

    Bin 01-01-01 (Aisle Row Position)

    You can set the sort sequence to search a storage type by aisle, row, position

    It may not be perfect, however it does work well

    Have a look at the configuration and IMG notes

    Logistics Execution > Warehouse Management > Strategies > Define sort sequence for cross line putaway

    You may also need to look at the sort profile configuration

    Regards

    Steve

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    Posted on Jul 11, 2007 at 02:18 PM

    James

    Steve is correct with the sort profile.

    You might also want to try dividing your racks in to sections above or near to your materials and then create st section strategies which can be entered in to the material master which will then try to send materials to the nearest section and then the next nearest and so on. This takes some work in configuration but it does work as I have the same process for the client I am with now

    I hope that this helps

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