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### Bin & bin structure ....

Hi experts ,

Actually I'm learning Warehouse management . . I'm getting some problems - confusions regarding this matter . .. if anybody explain me in details , it could be very much fruitful for me.

1. how the bin structure is to be created with its structural elements like - template , structure , start value , end value , increment ?? ...

2. Let's assume about " template" --- there is any standard convention to choose about template designing like NNCCNN ... ??? is it always started with NN or it's user defined ?? ...

3.  about . "STRUCTURE" - it's written as AA BB CC - could anybody explain why it's written as ?? can it be changed as BB AA CC / AB CA CB like that ?? there is any convention ??

4. start value - starts which discriminates shelf no. / stack no./ level no. ??

5. Increment - increment depends upon user or there is any rule to decide it ?? ....

... I've already gone through the help.sap documents - but still have some confusions over these topics . Eagerly looking for your humble contribution.

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May 05, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Hi,

Let's understand with an example to answer your questions, suppose you wanted to create the bins with co-ordinate elements as A-01-01 where A represents the shelf, first 01 for stacks and second 01 for levels.

Step1: First is to define the bin coordinates using indicators in the template field. The indicators used in standard SAP are 'A' for alphabetic characters, 'N' for numeric characters and 'C' for common characters or the characters which remain unchanged.

Rule: We must always use all 10 digits of the template field. If you don't want to use all the places enter 'C' for blank, we cannot use special characters '/' in the bin structure.

Now lets represent the bin coordinates A-01-01, the template will form as ACNNCNNCCC, where first letter A to represent alphabetic character, C for hyphen(common character), NN for 01, C for hyphen again, NN for 01 and then rest with C for blank spaces.

Your question:Let's assume about " template" --- there is any standard convention to choose about template designing like NNCCNN ... ??? is it always started with NN or it's user defined ?? ...

A: It will not start always with N, it depends on the bin coordinates you are choosing as explained above.

Step2: Specify which parts of the coordinates are incremented independently in the structure field.

Rule: Different letters denotes increment of each digit independently and same letters denotes increment of multiple digits.

Lets look at our examle A-01-01, if you want the increment separately for Shelf, stack and level,  then it should be represented with ABBCC

Your question: about . "STRUCTURE" - it's written as AA BB CC - could anybody explain why it's written as ?? can it be changed as BB AA CC / AB CA CB like that ?? there is any convention ??

Answer: If it is written as AABBCC, then you must be representing the shelf, stack and level with 2 digits and the increment is separate for each coordinate (AA represents to increment shelf 2 digit together, similarly BB and CC for stack and level). It cannot be changed as BBAACC, because it does not make sense to increment in uneven way for the bin coordinates, it should always be represented in a structured way of the bin coordiates.

Step3: Specify start value, end value and increment value.

4. start value - starts which discriminates shelf no. / stack no./ level no. ??

5. Increment - increment depends upon user or there is any rule to decide it ?? ..

Fourth question is answered in step 1 & 2.

Answer for Q5: Increment is defined for alpha and numeric characters in the template and it is decided on how you want the bin coordiates to be incremented (represented).

Regards

Vijay

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Arghya Ray,

In SAP , You can count the Bin using numerical only but identification we having Alphabetical only.

So We define the Bin structure using Numerical only.

Bin Definition

Entry

Template

N

N

C

N

C

N

N

N

C

C

Structure

A

A

B

C

C

C

Start value

0

2

-

1

-

0

2

0

End value

0

3

-

2

-

0

4

0

Increment

0

1

-

1

-

0

2

0

Template

The template field is used to specify the numeric and non-numeric  characters from which bin coordinates are built.

• N represents a variable numeric value.
• C represents a constant.
• A represents ascending alphabetic values.

With Regards

Dinesh