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Function documentation Transport Load Builder 

Use

You can use the Transport Load Builder (TLB) to group transport loads for certain means of transport whilst ensuring, that the capacity of the means of transport is utilized as much as possible. The main aims of TLB planning are:

  • Building of transport loads that are within the parameter limits defined by the user (such as weight, and volume)
  • Straight loading or load balancing of means of transport.

The TLB groups deployment stock transfers, or replenishment orders that were generated for individual products in the previous planning runs, into TLB shipments for several products.

You can use the TLB in the SAP Inventory Collaboration Hub (SAP ICH) or in Supply Network Planning (SNP). In SAP ICH, there are additional functions available. These are features that are not available in the SNP TLB. For more information on this, see Additional TLB Functions in SAP ICH.

Prerequisites

·  You have set up the master data for the TLB. For more information, see Structure linkMaster Data Setup for the Transport Load Builder.

·  You have defined upper and lower limits for the TLB parameters in a TLB profile, and have assigned this profile to a means of transport in the transportation lane. To create the TLB profile, proceed as follows:

¡  SAP ICH: In the SAP ICH Web Application Menu, select Transport Load Builder ® Profiles and Rules.

¡  SNP: From the SAP Easy Access screen, select Advanced Planning and Optimization  ® Supply Network Planning  ® Environment  ®  Current Settings  ® Profiles ® Define Profiles for Transport Load Builder (TLB).

For more information, see TLB Profile.

·  You have defined a profile for the TLB basic settings in the SAP ICH, or SNP Customizing. If you do not define a profile, the system uses the default TLB settings. To create the profile, proceed as follows:

¡  SAP ICH: In the SAP ICH Customizing, select Customer Collaboration ® Transport Load Builder ® Make TLB-Basic Settings.

¡  SNP: In the SNP Customizing, select Basic Settings ® Make TLB Basic Settings.

For more information, see the Implementation Guide (IMG).

·  If you are using SNP, you can make settings for the layout of interactive TLB planning in SNP in the SNP Customizing under Basic Settings ® Change Display of Parameters in Interactive TLB. For more information, see the IMG.

·  You can set the TLB: Pallet Loading parameter to Product Mix in Customizing for SNP under Maintain Global SNP Settings (if you want the TLB to be able to load a pallet with several different products). If you do not make this setting, the SNP TLB is permitted to load pallets with products of the same type only.

·  If you are using SAP ICH, you must make additional settings for the TLB. For more information on this, see Additional TLB Functions in SAP ICH.

Features

Building of Transport Loads

The TLB first groups deployment stock transfers or replenishment orders from the current period into TLB shipments. In doing so, the TLB tries to load the shipments as far as possible to the upper parameter limits that you defined in the TLB profile for that means of transport.

The TLB also considers the loading method that you defined for the means of transport in the transportation lane. As far as possible, the TLB loads the transport loads with the same products, or products from the same loading group (straight loading), or distributes the products evenly amongst all transport loads built (load balancing). Do note, however, that the TLB does not use optimization methods and can, therefore, not guarantee the optimal solution. The TLB considers the individual loading methods as follows:

·  Straight Loading: The TLB sorts the loading groups, and then the products within the loading group alphabetically. In the second step, the TLB distributes the loading groups and product into shipments, in the sequence they were sorted in.

If a loading group can only be partially loaded onto a shipment, the TLB loads the rest of the loading group onto the next shipment In this way, it is possible for a loading group to be too large or too small for a shipment.

·  Load Balancing: The TLB tries to distribute product to shipments in such a way, that the product percentages are, as far as possible, the same for every shipment.

To do this, each time, the TLB adds a rounding value of that product to a shipment. This is the smallest ratio of the quantity already loaded and the total demand of the product.  If the ratios of all products are the same, the TLB adds the rounding value of a product selected at random to the shipment.

Once all TLB shipment lie within the valid parameter limits, the TLB ends the planning run.

You can also make detailed settings for transport load building by creating your own profile for the TLB basic setting in the SAP ICH, or SNP Customizing (see Prerequisites).

Procedure for Remaining Quantities

The TLB may not be able to load one of the TLB shipments to the defined upper limits with deployment stock transfers or replenishment orders from the current period. For more information on how the TLB proceeds in this situation, see TLB Procedures for Remaining Quantities.

Running the TLB and Checking the Results

You can also start the TLB as a background job or run it directly from interactive TLB planning. In interactive TLB planning, you can display the results after the TLB run and then change the shipments manually. You receive a list of generated TLB shipments and possibly also deployment stock transfers that have not been processed. You can then remove or add deployment stock transfers from or to the TLB shipments.

You can also display the results of the TLB run in the application log, which is generated during the run.

Activities

The following table details the activities that you have to carry out in SNP or SAP ICH to run the TLB and check the results.

Activity

SNP

SAP ICH

Running the TLB as a Background Job

From the SAP Easy Access screen choose, Advanced Planning and Optimization ® Supply Network Planning ®  Planning ®  Supply Network Planning in the Background ®  Transport Load Builder (TLB). You then come to the SNP Transport Load Builder screen, where you can make settings for the background run and for the TLB run.  

You can also plan the TLB run as a background job using the Structure linkProcess Chain in SCM function.

You execute the TLB as a background job using the Planning Service Manager

TLB Execution from Interactive TLB Planning and Checking the Results

Select Advanced Planning and Optimization ® Supply Network Planning ® Planning ® Transport Load Builder (TLB).

Then make a selection. To make settings for  he TLB run, select This graphic is explained in the accompanying text with the TLB Parameters tooltip. Then choose This graphic is explained in the accompanying text TLB.

The results are then displayed in the planning table.

In the SAP ICH Web Application Menu, select Transport Load Builder ® Transport Load Builder.

You make the settings fort he TLB run in the TLB service profile. Then choose TLB Planning Run.

The results are then displayed in the planning table.

Checking the TLB Results in Application Logs

For more information about application logs in SNP, see Structure linkApplication Logs.

From the SAP Easy Access screen, select Inventory Collaboration Hub  ® Administration ® Application Logs ® Display Application Logs.

 

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