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Process documentationInbound Process Using Handling Units with Unknown Content

 

You have an inbound delivery with several physical handling units (HUs), but you do not know which of the product items in the delivery is in which HU.

You use this process to enable you to create warehouse tasks for the handling units with unknown content. To do so, you group the HUs with unknown content under a system object called a collective HU. You create a warehouse task to move the collective HU to a work center, where you can unpack and identify the items in each HU with unknown content.

To use collective handling units, you must activate the business function EWM, Usability and Implementation 1 (SCM_EWM_USAB_IMPL_1).

Prerequisites

  • You have maintained the warehouse process type for HUs with unknown content.

    In Customizing for Extended Warehouse Management, choose Start of the navigation path Master Data Next navigation step Define Warehouse Number Control End of the navigation path.

  • You have entered the packaging material for the collective HU.

    From the SAP Easy Access screen, choose Start of the navigation path Extended Warehouse Management Next navigation step Settings Next navigation step Specify Packaging Materials for Collective HUs End of the navigation path.

Process

  1. You receive an inbound delivery with several physical HUs, but there is no information about which product items are packed into which HU.

  2. Before you post goods receipt (GR) for the delivery, you create HUs with unknown content in the system for the product items in the inbound delivery.

    The HUs with unknown content correspond to the real HUs in the delivery. The system automatically creates a collective HU that contains all the product items that are in the HUs with unknown content.

    Note Note

    • This collective HU does not physically exist. All the product items are technically packed into the collective HU in the system, while the HUs with unknown content remain empty in the system. Each of the HUs with unknown content has a reference to the collective HU.

    • Collective HUs and HUs with unknown content have a content indicator in the system to distinguish them from normal HUs.

    • You cannot create collective HUs or HUs with unknown content with RF transactions.

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  3. You post goods receipt (GR) for the delivery.

    You can post GR for the entire delivery or for the collective HU. If you post GR for the collective HU, the HUs with unknown content are posted at the same time.

  4. You print the labels for the HUs with unknown content.

    There are two numbers on each label, as follows:

    • The number of the individual HU.

    • The number of the collective HU.

    This allows you to identify the collective HU that the HU with unknown content belongs to.

  5. You create the warehouse task to move the HUs with unknown content to the destination storage bin.

    The system automatically creates a warehouse task for the collective HU at the same time. The destination storage bin for the collective HU is the same as the destination storage bin for the HUs with unknown content. The system automatically confirms the warehouse task for the collective HU.

  6. You identify the product items in each HU with unknown content and repack the items in the system from the collective HU to the correct HU with unknown content.

    The collective HU is the source HU for the repacking transaction, and the HU with unknown content is the destination HU.

    The system deletes the collective HU and removes the HU header indicator for the HUs with unknown content.

Result

You can now proceed with the inbound process as usual.