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General Enhancements for Package Building and Load Planning

With this feature you can consolidate multiple products for the same customer into one mixed package, for example, a carton. Moreover, you can consolidate products for multiple customers into one mixed package, for example, a pallet.

Package building now offers detailed mixed package building as an optional function. That means, physical positions (on the x/y/z axis) and orientations of cartonized and non-cartonized products in mixed packages are determined by considering various constraints, for example stackability, product orientation, or constraints regarding height, volume, and weight. This new function uses the new package builder optimizer.

Technical Details

Product Feature is

Changed

Country Dependency

Valid for all countries

Application Component

TM-PLN-LP, TM-PLN-PB, SCM-BAS-PAK-PB, SCM-BAS-PAK-PB-OPT, TM-FRM

Availability

SAP S/4HANA 1809

Additional Details

The following new functions are available:
  • You can create packages in a single capacity document or in the transportation cockpit. When creating packages, the system creates a hierarchy with packages and items that exist only locally in the document. You can remove these local packages and items.

  • In the transportation cockpit, you can indicate if the standard consolidation process during package building is to be used or if exclusive packages are to be created, that is, packages that only contain products for a specific customer. In the standard consolidation process, mixed packages with products from other customers are allowed.

  • Active X Control for 3D load plan visualization has been replaced with UI5 control.

  • The load plan is now also available as a hierarchical table (load plan hierarchy). The hierarchical table displays the physical positions and the orientation of products and packages. In the corresponding 3D view, you can show the content of packages. Moreover, load plans are not only created in load planning but also during detailed mixed package building.

  • You can now define a default coloring method for objects displayed in your 3D load plan, for example, freight units or weights. To do so, a new field has been added in Customizing (see below).

  • You can distribute freight units that are transported with the same freight order on several packages within one package unit.

The following constraint definitions have been enhanced or added:
  • The package building profile has been enhanced with new parameters. For example, you can indicate that products for one customer need to be grouped together in one package. Moreover, you can define constraints for detailed mixed package building, for example, you can define if products are to be arranged vertically (that is, in towers) instead of horizontally (that is, in layers). Moreover, you can indicate that density is considered before weight when products are to be stacked.

    You can define this profile in Customizing (see below). You can now also indicate a package building profile in the planning profile.

  • A profile for the new package builder optimizer is available. It contains technical settings like runtimes, dump and trace levels. You can define this profile in Customizing (see below).

  • The definition of product package assignments has been enhanced. You can now define product-specific and product-independent package attributes for several different combinations of key fields, that is, product, business partner, location, as well as equipment type and group. Moreover, you can indicate that exclusive packages are to be built for a customer.

    You can define product package assignments in the Change Package Type Assignment app.

  • The product master data definition has been enhanced.

    You can define product master data in the SAP Easy Access menu under Start of the navigation pathLogistics Next navigation step Transportation Management Next navigation step Master Data Next navigation step Material Next navigation step MM01 - CreateEnd of the navigation path.

  • A new product orientation profile is available. It allows you to define in which orientations a product can be positioned in a package.

    You can define this profile in Customizing (see below) and indicate it in the package building settings in the product master data.

  • A new product relationship profile is available that allows you to define stacking rules, for example.

    You can define product relationship profiles in the Change Product Relationship Profile app.

Effects on System Administration

In order to use detailed mixed package building, you must install the new package builder optimizer. For more information, see SAP Note 1686826 Information published on SAP site.

Effects on Customizing

  • You can define package building profiles in Customizing. For more information, see Customizing for Transportation Management under Start of the navigation pathPlanning Next navigation step Package Building Next navigation step Define Package Building ProfileEnd of the navigation path.

  • You can define profiles for the package builder optimizer in Customizing. For more information, see Customizing for Transportation Management under Start of the navigation pathPlanning Next navigation step Package Building Next navigation step Define Profile for Package Builder OptimizerEnd of the navigation path.

  • You can define product orientation profiles in Customizing. For more information, see Customizing for Transportation Management under Start of the navigation pathMaster Data Next navigation step Product Next navigation step Define Product Orientation ProfileEnd of the navigation path.

  • You can use the following two Business Add-Ins (BAdIs) to change input data for detailed mixed package building and its results.
    • BAdI: Detailed Mixed Package Building (Preprocessing)

    • BAdI: Detailed Mixed Package Building (Postprocessing)

    For more information, see Customizing for Transportation Management under Start of the navigation pathBusiness Add-Ins (BAdIs) for Transportation Management Next navigation step PlanningEnd of the navigation path.

  • You can define a default coloring method in Customizing. For more information, see Customizing for Transportation Management under Start of the navigation pathBasic Functions Next navigation step Load Planning Next navigation step Define Layouts for 3D Load PlanEnd of the navigation path.

  • For the display of the load plan in freight documents, hierarchy type LSO is provided. For more information, see Use of Hierarchical Views in FOM.