WM: Warehouse Activity Monitor

Description

The warehouse activity monitor in Release 4.0A provides you with a tool that you can use to monitor processes in the warehouse, in particular, error or critical situations. The aim of the warehouse activity monitor is to recognize error situations and processes automatically and quickly, to display them, and to provide support in analyzing and removing the actual errors.

You can define when a situation or a process is to be classified by the warehouse activity monitor as critical in the section Define critical parameters in the Customizing application.

In Release 4.0A, the warehouse activity monitor provides monitoring tasks for the following objects in the WM component:

The warehouse activity monitor thus offers monitoring functions for the most important objects in the WM component. In the following sections, the individual monitoring functions are described in more detail.

Unconfirmed transfer orders

This monitoring function deals with all unconfirmed transfer orders that exist longer than a time period defined as critical. You can specify the critical time period in Customizing for each warehouse number, type, source storage type and destination storage type.

Open transfer requirements

The warehouse activity monitor displays all transfer requirements that have not been completely processed and that fulfill one of the following conditions:

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In Customizing, you can specify the critical time period for each warehouse number and movement type, also taking into consideration the business use of the transfer requirement. Also, you can define which of the specified criteria are considered critical for a transfer requirement.

Open posting change notices

The warehouse activity monitor displays all the posting change notices that do not have the status "posting change completed" and already exist for longer than a critical time period. You can specify the critical time period in Customizing for each warehouse number and movement type.

Open deliveries

The warehouse activity monitor displays all deliveries that contain WM-relevant items that have not been completely processed and for which there is less time available for processing than the critical time period defined. You can set the picking time, the loading time, or the goods issue time as the reference time for processing within the time required. You define the critical time period in Customizing for the warehouse activity monitor, depending on the warehouse number.

Negative stocks

This monitoring function of the warehouse activity monitor displays all negative stocks that exist for longer than a critical time period. You can define the critical time period in Customizing for each warehouse number and storage type. Also, you can define whether you wish to have the stocks that are in dynamic storage bins in the storage type monitored.

Interim storage stocks without movement

The warehouse activity monitor displays all bin stocks that are stored in interim storage areas and whose last movement took place outside of the time defined in the critical time period. You can define the critical time period for each warehouse number and storage type in Customizing. Also, you can define whether you want to monitor solely the stock in storage bins. This type of monitoring function can make you aware of various unfinished processes in your warehouse. For example, material stock that has been stored for a long time in the storage type "GR area" can indicate goods receipts that have not yet been placed into stock. Stock in the interim storage type "Goods issue area for deliveries" can point out missing goods issue postings for deliveries.

Critical stocks for production supply

The warehouse activity monitor shows all materials and storage bins in the storage type for production supply when there are inconsistencies between the transfer requirement quantity and the requirement quantity that is updated in the respective reservations. The determination of such inconsistencies is important because they can lead to problems when you create transfer orders for the supply of necessary materials to production.

Change system parameters in customizing

Warehouse Activity Monitor

Further notes

For performance reasons, critical situations and processes for a warehouse number are determined by reports in a batch run and stored in the database. You should plan these reports in batch jobs that run at regular intervals. The time between individual batch runs depends on how current the data of the warehouse activity monitor needs to be. Using the display transaction of the warehouse activity monitor, you can determine and process critical situations. If you require very up-to-date data on a monitoring function of the warehouse activity monitor, you can initiate the respective report for determining critical situations directly from the display transaction of the warehouse activity monitor. In this case, however, you may have to take a longer response time into account.