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Today I would like to bring your attention a new guide which will help users configure their Distribution Equipment (also known as Tugger Trains) in their SAP EWM system.

Starting with the SAP S/4HANA 1909 release of EWM, we introduced a new functionality by which a customer can use distribution equipment to support multi-step supply of components to the Production Supply Area. The process starts with a warehouse request for a KANBAN (card) or an outbound delivery order for components or a production material request. A picker comes along and picks the goods into a rack whose type is predetermined in the warehouse order. During picking confirmation, the picker is asked to specify the position within the rack where he drops the product. Afterwards, the picker moves the filled racks to the loading preparation station. From there a loader assigns the racks to a Tugger Train. The route train driver then starts delivering to Production Supply Areas where he is forced to confirm the location and is guided to pick the product from a dedicated rack and position within the rack. The main benefit of this new function is the increased control over the supply process, as it provides full visibility on the process and the location of the picked products.

With the SAP S/4HANA 1909 Feature Pack 1 update, we continued enhancing the Production Supply by Distribution Equipment process. We have added new customizing by which resource types can be categorized as towing vehicles. Furthermore, we have also fine-tuned the process of assigning towing vehicles to distribution equipment. For more details on that, I recommend you visit our blog on the S/4HANA 1909 FPS01 release.

This year, with the SAP S/4HANA 2020 release we will continue the trend of improvements with regards to Distribution Equipment. For this upcoming release we plan to enhance RF picking, allow picking confirmation via a desktop transaction and much more. We will elaborate on these features in some upcoming content blogs closer to the product release, so stay tuned for that.

In order to ensure that our customers take full advantage of this offering, our Development Team has prepared a How-To configuration guide that shows in detail the process by which users can configure their Distribution Equipment in their EWM systems. This document supplements the existing Customizing documentation in the Implementation Guide (IMG) and provides additional information where required.

You can find the Integration Guide directly via this link: How to Configure Distribution Equipment in EWM.

Alternatively, you can access our “How-To Guides for EWM as part of SAP S/4HANA” wiki page for a full list of our current collection of technical guides, tips & tricks, do’s and don’ts for a variety of topics, which includes the Distribution Equipment guide.

For additional information about SAP Extended Warehouse Management, we provided a list of select online resources:

SAP EWM Community

SAP Digital Supply Chain Channel

EWM LinkedIn Community

SAP Best Practices Explorer

SAP Best Practices Content Library

SAP API Business Hub

SAP S/4HANA Cloud Community

Q&A regarding SAP EWM