VAS: Value added services is a process guided flow offered by SAP EWM for specific operations which needs to be done prior shipping/moving goods out of the warehouse or during putaway. Specific work centers are defined for VAS where this activity takes place, this can involve kitting, reverse kitting, simple VAS.
VAS customers are charged additionally for these operations and hence comes the need to manage finances, labor and quantity of additional packaging material which has been used in the process. This blog is a guide on how to set-up simple inbound VAS flow.
Business Case: Automobile manufacturer receive material in boxes/pallets as exception and has to oil and repack the parts in ready to use KLT boxes before being stored in warehouse. Enterprise owner wants automatic process for this putaway condition and uses SAP EWM to manage warehouse.
Areas covered in the blog:
1. Packaging specification creation and determination procedure.
2. Automatic VAS order creation for VAS relevant inbound material from specific vendor(ship from party).
3. VAS work center setup and execution inside it.
4. Movement flow setup and execution for VAS relevant material via storage process (POSC) .
- PACKSPEC Config (Materials to be used in VAS)
- Choose a valid group for packspec.
- In details choose relevant condition.
- Make sure you see product page in contents
- Give your packaging mat (KLT box in this case)
- In the external step Give the POSC step where the packspec will be realised.
- Activate the packspec
2. VAS Order Creation customization
PATH – SCM Extended Warehouse Management – Extended Warehouse Management – Cross-Process Settings -Value-added Services (VAS)
- Make sure you have number ranges maintained for VAS orders. (Mandatory Step) Without it you will not be able to create VAS order document even manually.
- Make sure you have activated order document management. (Mandatory Step) Without it you will not be able to create VAS order document even manually.
- In the VAS relevance settings for VAS define for what document type, item type you want to create VAS order for and procedure used for packspec determination, when you want to create the VAS order(At the time of WH request) also describe what to do when system do not find packspec. Also specify the partner role from which we are receiving the delivery.
Procedure used for determination of PACKSPEC is key link between packaging specs and VAS Activity.
4. In Warehouse number dependent settings define the stock type and performing entity also along side that describe the product type group and number range to be used.
3. POSC Configuration
- Define POSC to use storage control. In our process we defined 1 VAS step and One putaway step.
- Make sure you have relevant bins in Storage types for work center and final putaway.
- Make sure you activate automatic task creation in for final putaway.
4. Work Center Configuration
- Choose standard VAS work center layout or customize as per need.
- Create a VAS work center for your activities.
- Specify the POSC step in work center definition.
T-code for VAS work center – /scwm/vasexec
T-code for viewing VAS order – /scwm/vas_i
T-code for packspec creation- /scwm/packspec
- Receive inbound delivery request in EWM. (A VAS order must have been generated for current customization)
- Delivery comes packed from vendor.
- Create 1st task. From warehouse door to inbound staging area where goods receipt is done.
- Confirm task – (Infeed_Door -> GR Zone)
- Now second task which is automatically triggered by system takes the goods from staging area to VAS work center where we are required to use KLT boxes and do the oiling of parts.
Confirm second task (Gr Zone -> VAS1)
- Complete VAS activity in VAS work center and then complete HU step in VAS work center.(This would create a WT from VAS work center -> Pack work center )
- Now you will be required to do additional packing like clubbing of KLT boxes on one HU(Handling Unit) in packing work center. Then complete the HU process step in packing work center.
- Confirm the task created.
- Final open warehouse task for putaway in “narrow aisle” storage type will be created. Confirm goods movement. (Pack_WC –> Final Bin)
- For the final step system uses search sequence for determining the final destination bin.
In Execution we will see this process working in a 4 step POSC with our associated delivery , HU movements for VAS relevant product.
Note : This packspec is different from the one used for VAS . In our case the product comes packed automatically by the use of packspec highlighted above.
Conclusion : You can set up automatically trigger VAS order creation for simple inbound deliveries from product and ship-from as the two key fields. VAS process keeps track of the material used for value addition and labor cost per UoM. VAS order creation triggers are same for all the different standard VAS processes like kit to stock or reverse kitting.
NOTE : This is a made up example with all custom data, it do not communicate process or system details of an actual enterprise.
Stay tuned for Kit-To Stock VAS process which is from business point of view much more interesting as well as useful for production plants in general.