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Partial delivery - Serial Numbers


Is it correct that sap doesn't take already delivered "serial numbers" into account while creating a delivery document with reference to a sales document ?

example :

1. sales order with 5 pieces and serial number managed material.

sernr in sales order : 1001,1002,1003,1004,1005

2.first delivery of 3 pieces, delivery created from sales order.

sernr in delivery : 1001,1002,1003

3.second delivery of 2 pieces, delivery created from sales order

sernr in delivery : 1001,1002

While it shoud be : 1004,1005

Shouldn't it be kind of logical that sap automatically determines the correct serial numbers. It shouldn't be that difficult as the status of the serial numbers is managed ? Or am i just talking nonsense ?

Does anybody has a solution for this ? (copy control,customizing, user exit ...) Can't find anything ?

with regards

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    Apr 17, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Hi Herman,

    This funny behaviour is actually standard. The reason for this is that there are some business processes which require the possibility to assign the same serial number twice or several times e.g. in consignment processing.

    One option is to by creating a customer specific status which stops the assignment to a second delivery.

    Another option is in transaction BS22: Double click on the I0186 (Assigned in delivery note), and then choose the transaction code PMS3 (Delivery note assignment). Here you can change the status to Forbidden. Of course, since this table is SAP standard, it be not advised to change it.

    Hope this helps you,



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    • Hi Herman,

      Yes you are right: you have to use the equipment status. The solution is given in SAP Note 52058:

      a) More careful observation of the warnings during a serial number assignment by the user


      b) Definition of an user status profile which prevents serial numbers with status EKUN or ELIE being included in another sales order or delivery. Assignment of the user status profile via equipment category together with the serial number profile. (Possibly problems during returns processing, management of consignment stocks and returnable packaging processing).



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    Apr 17, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Herman Timmermans,

    Serial Numbers are basically used for tracking purpose. Yes, we can't use the serial no. those were assigned to the material , sine it will not appear in the list that you will generate for those materials in IQ02 tcode.

    Execute Tcode IQ02 by just entering the material, the serial no generation is unique. so no two serial nos will be same. Once that serial no is used are attached to material and the process is complete then the serial no will not be found in the generated list.

    SAP Generates serial nos. for his you will have to create a serial no profile assign it to the material Please go through the path and check

    IMG --> LE --> Shipping --> Basic Shipping Functions --> Serial nos.

    it is also avialable in Img --> sd --> BF --> Serial nos



    Edited by: Sathya Pavan Yedavalli venkata on Apr 17, 2009 12:47 PM

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