Transfer Order Split
Sometimes, it is useful to divide the tasks of putaway and picking into smaller jobs. On the one hand, it is important to distribute the work evenly among warehouse workers, while, at the same time, making sure that these tasks are completed in a timely manner. The transfer order (pick list for goods issues or the goods receipt list) determines the actual quantity of work that needs to be accomplished.
By splitting large quantities of stock items that are available for picking or putaway into several transfer orders, as opposed to one very large transfer order, it is possible to distribute the workload evenly among warehouse workers and optimize the stock handling functions. This way, each worker periodically receives only one list for his or her responsibilities (goods receipts, goods issues or stock transfers).
It is important to understand that, although the term "split" is used here, an individual item within a transfer order is not split into smaller items, regardless of the quantity in that item. The items are not changed. Instead, the items within a single transfer order are distributed (spread out) among two or more transfer orders.
In the Customizing application, you can define whether a transfer order split is to take place and select a mix of detailed criteria that affect the split. A customer exit is also available to define your own criteria for this task. For instructions on how to set up your system for the TO split, see Activities® Transfers ® Processing performance data / TO split ® Define profiles in the Warehouse Management IMG documentation.
The following transfer order split capabilities are available.
- Split according to movement unit is viewed as a separate function that is processed independently from the other split criteria.
For each movement unit (SUT in an item) a split is planned. The TO contains an item with exactly one movement unit. The split is necessary when the actual data is recorded and plays a role in the calculation of the planned times. Based on the Customizing definition, you can switch off the split function and decide to use the standard process.
- Sorting items in the transfer order.
The items in the TO are sequenced so that the document created for the TO lists the storage bins from which materials are to picked in an optimal sort order for processing. The routes are minimized and, consequently, the planned and actual processing times. An additional field in the storage bin defines a sequence for all bins in the warehouse. The customer maintains this field.
- Transfer orders can also be split according to the following criteria:
- Storage type/section
- Planned transfer order processing time
- Quantity of containers / weight / volume
- Mix (combination of named criteria)
It is also possible to assign a separate printer for each work area. That way, all materials that need to be processed in a specific area can be combined and printed in a single list on the assigned printer.
Note that the volume is calculated based upon the alternative unit of measure. A box with 10 bottles, for example, can have a different volume than 10 times the volume of one bottle. IF the volume for the alternative unit of measure has not been defined in the material master record, the system uses the volume from the base unit of measure for its calculation.