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WHAT IS BIN SORTING AND HOW IT HELPS?

former_member876391
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What is bin sorting and what is the pre and post effect of performing it, can you please provide an example.

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JuergenPitz
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Hi,

“What is bin sorting “

Bin sorting is the final step in the assignment of a bin to an activity area and activity. In customizing you define activity areas, assign bins to this activity area, and define for the combination of activity area, activity, and bins (via the storage type) a sorting sequence. But as bins are master data, the “sorting” writes the activity area and the activity in the bin.

“what is the pre and post effect of performing it”

There is no pre effect.

The sorting itself is creating the assignment. More important is the activity area and the activity itself. Through the activity area you can control the determination of the warehouse order creation rule and the determination of queues. The sorting then CAN be used for sorting the warehouse tasks in the warehouse order (but you can also define a different sorting rule), When you have used the activity CLSP (cross-line stock putaway) it is also used for the determination of the bin when having a search strategy looking for the next empty bin.

The only activity area you generally need is one for the activity INVE (physical inventory). Because this activity area is connected to the physical inventory area, and only then a PI is possible.

In case you want to use a process step for deconsolidation, you need activity areas for putaway for the final bins, as in the activity area you define the (de-)consolidation group (not sure if you need it in all deconsolidation scenarios, but for sure for rule based determination).

All other activity areas are optional. You do not need an activity are for PTWY to putaway, or for PICK to pick from that bin. But there are very helpful (see what I described above) so they also should require some consideration for the setup, and not just created 1:1 (one AA for each storage type), as it is done in the pre-defined warehouses.

BTW: for simplification I wrote activities like PTWY, CLSP, or INVE above. But you can define your own activities, so using other codes, they are always assigned to a warehouse process category, which defines the direction or “activity” (like physical inventory).

Brgds

Juergen

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And it is EWM. NOT eWM - Duh!

And if your question includes the word "transfer order" - do NOT tag the question with Extended Warehouse Management!

durendran_chandran
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Storage bin sorting is mandatory in SAP EWM, you can perform this using /SCWM/SBST or upload bin sequence through /SCWM/SRTUP, this allows the storage bins to perform that specific activity.

This adds/ assigns the storage bins to the activity area for the activity.

Example: if a new bin is added and we didnt perform this bin sorting, then system will not consider this bin for any putaway activity.

JuergenPitz
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Hi,

"Storage bin sorting is mandatory in SAP EWM,"

That is not correct. Sorting is done for activity areas. And the only activity area you need, is for physical inventory. So this also is the only activity / activity area for which you need to sort.

"Example: if a new bin is added and we didnt perform this bin sorting, then system will not consider this bin for any putaway activity."

And that is completely wrong.

Activity areas and the subsequent sorting are importing things in EWM, as it is used for several things, like WOCR determination, queue determination, but for pick / ptwy you do NOT need an activity area.

Brgds

Juergen

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All the above is no official SAP statement.

Want to learn EWM?

Check for EWM courses: https://training.sap.com/trainingpath/Applications-Extended+Warehouse+Management-EWM+in+S4HANA

Get a SAP Learning Hub Subscription: https://training.sap.com/learninghub

And it is EWM. NOT eWM - Duh!

And if your question includes the word "transfer order" - do NOT tag the question with Extended Warehouse Management!

former_member876391
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Thank You for the detailed explanation.

durendran_chandran
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Thank you for the clarification Juergen!