Features - SAP WM

WM provides several features that support warehousing activities. These include the following:

Warehouse Structure

  • Management of complex warehousing facilities to include automatic warehouses, custom designed storage areas, high rack storage, bulk storage, fixed bin storage and all other commonly used storage areas
  • Definition and adaptation of a limitless variety of storage bins for use in your specific warehousing complex

Goods Movements

  • Processing of all relevant warehousing activities, such as goods receipts, goods issues, deliveries, internal and external stock transfers, automatic replenishment of fixed bins, material staging to production areas and stock difference handling _ Utilization of random slotting for multiple owners of goods.
  • Implementation of a variety of putaway and picking strategies including self-designed strategies
  • Processing of multiple goods movements with transfer requirements and deliveries simultaneously
  • Storage and retrieval of hazardous materials and all other goods that require special handling
  • Setup of ”forward pick” areas and production supply areas with automated replenishment from case or reserve storage when stock quantities reach a certain threshold

Controlling

  • Optimization of capacity and material flow utilizing storage units in the warehouse
  • Monitoring and display of stocks on hand and summary evaluations of all goods movements via warehouse controlling tasks

Inventory

  • Capability to maintain up-to-the-minute inventory records with the aid of stock transfer confirmation
  • Archiving of records of all goods movements and inventory activity

With its inventory functions, WM ensures that book inventories in Inventory Management match the stock in the warehouse at any time. Because SAP components are fully integrated, you do not need separate interface programs between IM and WM.

Printing Tasks

  • Printing (of pallet slips, move orders, delivery slips, inventory documents, and so on) is available for all relevant transactions

Although it is possible to print material documents for each separate transaction in the warehouse, WM facilitates automatic flowthrough warehousing tasks that are virtually paperless.

Interface to External Systems

  • Support for the use of bar code scanners, RF technology, AS/RS and automated forklift systems for all stock movements through an automated ALE warehouse control interface

Lean WM

  • This warehousing structure makes it possible to create transfer orders for deliveries when no storage bins are managed in the system. For Lean WM, no goods receipts or goods issues are processed as a subsequent process in WM. This means that no bin data and no stock is updated at the storage bin level using quants. Instead, this transaction takes place at the storage location level. It is used primarily to handle pick orders for deliveries.

R/2-R/3 Link

  • Interface to an SAP R/2 host system using the decentral R/3 system’s user-friendly screens and menus

For users who already have the SAP R/2 System, it is possible to install the R/3 WM user interface so that WM functions can be carried out independent of the availability of the R/2 host system.

Storage Unit Management

  • Management and control of material flow utilizing storage units within the warehouse.

Decentralized Warehouse Management System

  • The Warehouse Management System (WMS) as a decentralized stand-alone system that is operated separately from a centrally operated ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system. The WMS functions not only to store goods but encompasses other related logistics processes and functions independently of the central ERP system.

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