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FIFO / LIFO in a non-WM Plant

All,

I have been reading some of the LIFO/FIFO threads on SDN and want to confirm the following with you:

We are in 4.7E, we have batched, serialized and non-batched products. We have WM in one plant, but NOT the manufacturing plant.

Question: Can we utilize FIFO or LIFO in the NON-WM plant for materials that are NOT batched (say we want to issue products to the production order based on FIFO for manufacturing that are non-batched)? Can this be done? Is there anything that can be done via "stock determination" configuration within SAP?

Regards,

Sandra Miner

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    Posted on Oct 02, 2008 at 06:03 AM

    how can you know what the oldest stock, if you dont do anything in SAP to differentiate it?

    Probably only because of stickers on the packaging outside in the warehouse.

    But in SAP you either have to seperate the material by batch or if WM then you can put each receipt into different bins.

    But a third way to know the oldest stock is not know by me.

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    Posted on Oct 02, 2008 at 02:53 PM

    Thank you for responding. For our MM managed plant, we actually are using storage locations as 'bins'. We went live with this method back in 1996. We will be converting to a WM system for this plant next year, but in the meantime, we need a way to track non-batched products within the storage locations.

    So, to specifically answer your question, the product would be placed in certain storage locations, which represent our 'bins'. In this manner, we can track the physical location to the systematic goods receipt.

    Here's a scenario for consideration:

    A goods receipt is performed for product ABC. Then it moves to another location in the warehouse via other movement types within SAP. Systematically, we want to know what the original goods receipt date was for that product so that when a production order calls for the product, the system would drive the picker to the location with the oldest part.

    I asked the business person requesting this why is it so important to track non-expiring products. She indicated to me that they want to "turn the oldest stock - just because it doesn't expire does not mean it doesn't deteriorate (warping, color fades, etc.)."

    Regards.

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    • I can understand the requirement, but even with the bins at storage location level (I used to do the same at the old 3.1 times) you cannot see it directly in a SAP transaction along with the current stock situation.

      You either have to lookup the MSEG table to find last receipt and its location for a certain material, or you lookup table S032 to retrieve the last GR date per material and storage location.

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    Posted on Oct 02, 2008 at 03:45 PM

    Okay. So perhaps for our production picks we can use the logic of looking up MSEG or S032. We actually still use paper pick lists for our production orders. Outputting the original GR date on that form would be very useful. I'm just not sure how that will work once the inventory starts moving around the warehouse (in and out of storage locations), but it gives me something to start with. I'll work with one of our developers to take a look at that. I'll keep this thread open pending that work. Thank you.

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    Posted on Oct 08, 2008 at 08:36 PM

    FYI ... I am closing as we are going to pursue a manual work around. Thank you to those who have responded to this request.

    Regards,

    Sandy

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