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When to implement Handling Units and at what level?

Hi Experts,

We are in a pre-blueprint phase, trying to decide if we need HU at our plant. This is my first time with HU's, I understand how HU/packaging works but am still looking for some answers.

1. Based on what factors do we decide to implement HUM at a facility? We have batches of materials going into the same boxes. Its a large facility with usually whole boxes being shipped or received (no individual pieces movement). Also we are going to have full blown SAP WM here.

2. What is the difference between Handling Units and Handling Unit Management? I know the movement of HUs is tracked and known as HUM...but can HUs exist without HUM?

3. I see HUs at shipment and delivery level. Whats the pros and cons of each method? Also I read about implementing HU at warehouse level in contrast to at delivery level

I am not looking for configuration details, just a high level understanding of how HUs work. I would really appreciate if you could share a couple of lines about HU with me.

Regards,

Vik

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    Jun 24, 2009 at 06:33 AM

    Hi Vik,

    1)

    If you have WM and you manage goods in boxes it is not a reason to implement HUM. Please consider that you can also use SUM (storage unit management) to handle goods in boxes rather than quants (not full box quantities)

    You can use handling units:

    - if you want to map packaging process in SAP

    - if your customers have different requirements concerning packaging > you can create suitable pckaging instructions

    - technical reason (manage packaging material stock - but please notice that it is also possible w/o HUM)

    - you want to track the HU through the logistics process

    (these are just my ideas...)

    http://help.sap.com/erp2005_ehp_04/helpdata/EN/c8/a44b749f3211d2858d0000e81ddea0/frameset.htm

    2)

    Handling unit is used in handling unit management, such as storage unit is used in storage unit management, so your question makes no sense I think.

    (handling unit is an object in SAP and HUM is to manage these objects)

    3)

    You can decide in which phase of the logistics process you use HU. You can use them in procurement (inbound deliveries, production) also.

    So, you can store HUs in your SLoc / warehous but you can also decide to use HUs only for outbound deliveries. This may depend on the physical process (when HUs are really created physically) or it may depend on practical reasons (e.g. it is not necessary to manage the HUs in WH, it is enough to create them in outbound deliveries).

    Just some ideas...as my handling unit knowledge is shamefully poor I hope HUM experts will give you more exact answers.

    Regards,

    Csaba

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  • Jun 24, 2009 at 05:27 AM

    Hello,

    Please refer my comments.

    1. Based on what factors do we decide to implement HUM at a facility? We have batches of materials going into the same boxes. Its a large facility with usually whole boxes being shipped or received (no individual pieces movement). Also we are going to have full blown SAP WM here.: Basically HUM is implemented if you want to track material from start to end for. e.g bottles packed in one box then box can become one HU.

    2. What is the difference between Handling Units and Handling Unit Management? I know the movement of HUs is tracked and known as HUM...but can HUs exist without HUM?: HU is a terminology used when you implement HUM. I believe HU can't exist without HUM.

    3. I see HUs at shipment and delivery level. Whats the pros and cons of each method? Also I read about implementing HU at warehouse level in contrast to at delivery level: Once you implement HUM then it is not like shipment or delivery level. You implement HUM in storage location.

    Hope these inputs help you.

    Regards,

    Prashant

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