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Shelf Life Functionality

Hello all!

Please explain the functionality of the "Shelf Life" settings in the material master under the Plant View Tab. I am interested in the following points:

1) Can the "Shelf Life" be used for both Inventory and non-inventory (BULK)?

2) What fields need to be populated?

3) Does SAP give a message if a material is outside of shelf life?

Thank you in advance! :)

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    6 days ago

    1) Material must be batch managed. I have no idea what non-inventory means. Even non-batch managed materials have quantities and therefore inventory and value. But if you don't use batch management, you cannot use SLED (Shelf Life Expiration Date)

    2) in most delivered out of the box SAP system you only need to make the material batch managed. (There are numerous steps and decisions to set up batch management. Research it and you should find lots of info). Then you need to define the shelf life in the material master on the plant data storage view. This includes a length of time, a period of time and possibly a rounding rule.

    3) SAP does not automatically do anything for SLED.

    - you can run MB5M transaction to monitor expiring stock and manually deal with lots coming up on their expiration date. it does not move the stock for you.

    - there is a deadline monitoring program in QM that can be set up to automatically move expired, or soon to be expired material to blocked stock. However, you must activate the 09 inspection type in the QM view of the material master which means you need to set up some basic QM configuration for the module. There are a ton of threads out there on running the program RQAAAS10. You can run it manually using transaction QA07. You can set it up with a variant and run it as a batch job with QA05. See the menu path QM-->Quality Inspection-->Worklist-->Inspection Lot Creation-->Deadline Monitoring. QA07 will NOT work with handling units or special stock like project stock.

    Craig

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  • Jan 11 at 12:47 PM

    Shelf Life Management

    1) Can the "Shelf Life" be used for both Inventory and non-inventory (BULK)?

    Item Inventory Specification Attributes :

    No control

    Shelf life control not established for this item

    3) Does SAP give a message if a material is outside of shelf life?

    Shelf Life Expired Material will automatically be transferred to block stk

    Shelf life days

    Specify the shelf life of the item in days. The system starts counting the shelf life on the day you receive the lot into inventory. After the specified number of days, the system sends you a warning message.

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  • Jan 14 at 12:22 PM

    Does anyone know what fields need to be populated in for "Shelf Life"?

    1) I understand that initially we need to fill fields “Shelf Life data” in MM02->Tab "Plant data / stor.1". And then it must be activated (where?)

    For further details I can check it in SPRO > Logistics General > Batch Management > Shelf life expiration date (SLED).

    2) OR I need to Config "Shelf Life" in SPRO > Logistics > General > Batch Management > Shelf Life Expiration Date (SLED) > Set Expiration Date Check and maintain master data in Plant data Stor1 > Shelf Life Data like

    3) Don't need to use a transaction MB5M there?

    Thanks in advance for information!!!

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    • 1) correct

      2) this is for checking calculated SLED dates in production and GR when new batches are created to make sure they are consistent with the setting maintained in the material master.

      3) MB5M is simply it report. It does not actual "do" anything.