The functions of the warehouse activity monitor are intended to assist warehouse administrators to oversee, plan and optimize work processes in the warehouse.It provides a means to notify responsible personnel in case there are delays or errors in the overall system. The warehouse activity monitor helps you to identify and correct warehousing errors or critical processes soon after they occur, thus enabling you to carry out warehousing transactions in a timely manner.
The warehouse activity monitor provides
Why do I need the warehouse activity monitor?
The warehouse monitor is useful for several reasons:
Orders to move stock in the warehouse should always be processed within a reasonable time period. One of the key features of the warehouse monitoring task is the checking of timely processing of transfer orders in WM.
For example, if a pallet has not been moved from the goods receipt area to its destination within a few hours, then it is likely that the transfer order has been lost, misplaced or that an error has occurred.
Whether or not a process or situation is considered to be critical depends upon the object that is to be monitored. You can use various criteria to decide whether a process is critical:
– For example, once the system creates a transfer order, it is expected that, as soon as the material in the has been physically moved to its destination in the warehouse, the transfer order will be confirmed.
– When the system creates a posting change notice, soon afterwards, it is expected that the notice will be converted into transfer orders.
– Supply of materials to production
– Delivery processing
Setting Time Parameters
You maintain critical time periods using the Customizing application. For most of the objects, you can define several critical time periods. For critical time periods, you define the time duration and a corresponding unit of time.
Additionally, you can define a time period with reference to a particular calendar. This ensures that days are excluded that are not to be calculated into the critical time period (such as weekends, holidays and so on).
All transfer orders that have been created but not confirmed within 4 hours are to be listed as critical transfer orders by the warehouse activity monitor. If the critical time period is defined with reference to the factory calendar, not all non-confirmed transfer orders that are created on Friday will be displayed on Monday morning as critical transfer orders.
When you define the critical time period, you need to ensure that only the exceptional situations are displayed by the warehouse activity monitor. This is important because of the additional time required to investigate and resolve a critical situation.
For information on how to configure individual time parameters for the warehouse activity monitor, see the Warehouse Management IMG documentation.
In Warehouse Management, the warehouse activity monitor displays objects with critical processes. For each of the monitoring functions, the warehouse activity monitor offers additional functions that help you to analyze and correct errors. The additional functions that are available depend on the object concerned.
The individual objects that you can manipulate in this manner include the following:Unconfirmed Transfer Orders Open Transfer Requirements Open Posting Change Notices Open Deliveries Stock in Interim Storage Areas Negative Stock Inconsistencies in Stock Figures for Production Supply
You can control which of the monitoring functions the warehouse activity monitor can display for individual users or for user groups.