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Storage Bin Shelf Level Indicator in Material Master

Is it possible to add a shelf level in the material master so that we can influence the putaway strategy in a specific Shelf?

To give you an idea of the current process:

Let’s pretend that the below is a bay in our warehouse in section indicator 102. All our bays have 6 shelves and on each shelf we have 6 possible locations stock can be placed on. The x marks a location where there is existing stock.

We manoeuvre stock to aisles depending on the type of article using the section indicator. The way the system currently works is that once an article has been scanned it will send it to the first available location looking at first storage type and then section indicator.

In this example we are about to putaway three cartons of 5 different articles by the order of appearance below

Article 1 – size XS

Article 2 – size S

Article 3 – size M

Article 4 – Size L

Article 5 – size XL

Location Y-5

Section 102

1

2

3

4

5

6

F

x

x

x

E

X

D

Article 5

x

x

C

Article 3

Article 4

Article 4

Article 4

Article 5

Article 5

B

x

Article 2

Article 2

Article 3

x

Article 3

A

Article 1

Article 1

x

Article 1

Article 2

x

The highlighted letters shows you which positions are ideal to pick and shelve from with green being the most ideal and red being the non-ideal. As you can see from the way it currently works we cannot maintain the articles to the ideal shelf

What I am looking to maintain for an article is the following:

Storage type (currently possible)

Section indicator (currently possible)

Additional section indicator/stock placement to indicate/maintain the shelf by storage type level

With all of this in mind, it should not appear on the gun and the operator should not force stock anywhere. The display on the gun should be exactly how it is now, i.e. the operator should only see the bin location as we maintain the shelf in the material master. The first empty bin should still be in place but the strategy should follow 1. Storage type 2. Section indicator 3. Shelf indicator.

Any suitable realistic solution will be much appreciated with points?

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    Posted on May 14, 2013 at 03:09 PM

    Hi,

    I do not really fully understand why you are trying to achive this, but either you need to cut your sections smaller (use more sections and potentially more section indicators) or use bin types (which comes into my mind if I see that you write "size" to the articles).

    Brgds

    Juergen

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    • Hi,

      don't really understand what "cuatios" should be, but I suppose you mean what traps you can run into?

      Well, this simply means maintaining master data. But it is probably easier when trying one day to figure out what strategie someone has developed but not documented for you...

      Brgds

      Juergen

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    Posted on May 14, 2013 at 02:56 AM

    Hi,

    There is no field available in material master to store shelf level information, but if your business demands you can add a custom field in WM2 view. Search in SCN to know how to add custom field in material master.

    You can define your own putaway strategy with user exit (MWMTO003) for your requirement.

    Regards

    Vijay

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    • Former Member

      Hi Vijaya,

      First of all... Thank you for your reply...

      Secondly, i do aware about the user exit and customized strategies however i do prefer to find suitable solution from the standard SAP.

      Any creative idea how to implement it without user exit?

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