Define Settings for Packing

This document describes the settings that you must define for manually or automatically packing goods for outbound dispatching.


Packing is used for safe shipping and unitizing one or more items for an order. It is also used for placing items into an appropriate container package, and marking and labeling the container or package with customer shipping destination data, as well as other required information, such as delivery documents.

Before You Start

No prerequisites.

Follow These Steps

Packing Settings for Divisions

  1. Start 'Settings – Packing' (CRS706/E). Enter the company unique UCC/EAN code.

  2. If you will use advanced packing (see below) you also fill in the 'Package content', 'Find existing package no for manual pack' and 'Warning closed delivery' fields.

Settings for Simple Packing

Simple packing involves packages and weight only. No details are entered or kept of the contents of the packages, only what packages are in the delivery and their weight and volume, etc.

  1. In 'Dispatch Policy. Open' (MWS010), you must set the '240 Packing reporting method' field to 1=Manual simple packing.

  2. Define a type of packaging in 'Packaging. Open' (MMS050). Enter an ID in the Packaging field. On the E panel, enter a packaging name and the location type.

  3. The 'Packaging type' field must also be filled in with a packaging type that is defined in 'Packaging Type. Open' (DRS080). Read more about (DRS080) in Define Settings for Packaging Actions.

  4. During the dispatch flow, simple packing involves entering only packages and weights (MWS423).

Settings for Advanced Packing

Advanced packing is when all picking lines are packed in one or several packages, with defaults according to the table in (MMS053). With advanced packing, both the packages and their contents are known. Weights are estimated based on tare and the weight of the contents.

  1. There are three variants of advanced packing to select between in 'Dispatch Policy. Open' (MWS010) in the '240 Packing reporting method' field. Select 2, 3 or 4.

  2. Fill in the 'Allow packing different items in the same package' field.

  3. The 'Automatic execution of packaging actions' field indicates whether packaging actions should be executed automatically as soon as a delivery is fully packed or is confirmed as shipped.

  4. You define a packaging type in 'Packaging. Open' (MMS050). Enter an ID in the Packaging field. On the E panel, enter a packaging name and the location type.

  5. The 'Packaging type' field must also be filled with a packaging type that is defined in 'Packaging Type. Open' (DRS080).

  6. Fill in the Weight, Volume, Length, Width and Height fields for the packaging.

  7. In advanced packing, you must connect the packaging per item and/or customer to have the item, lot number and/or order line packed in a specific type of packaging. Start 'Item. Connect Packaging' (MMS053).

  8. On the (MMS053/B) panel, specify the sorting order as 1=Per item or 2=Per item group.

    Alternative 3 is only used if a package should be packed in another package. See page 5 of this document for more information.

  9. Specifying packaging terms on the (MMS053/B) panel is optional. Packaging terms are printed on the picking list to inform the packing personal about the conditions. You must, however, specify item number and/or customer number. You must also specify the quantity, which indicates the maximum total quantity of the items to be packed, expressed in basic of U/M.

    M3 searches for packaging set up in this sequence:

    Customer – Delivery address – Item

    Customer – Delivery address – Item group

    Customer – blank – Item

    Customer – blank – Item group

    Blank – blank – Item

    Blank – blank – Item group

    Customer – Delivery address – blank

    Customer – blank – blank

    Blank – blank – blank

  10. On the E panel, press F4 in the Packaging field. This starts the packaging master (MMS050). Select a type of packaging to connect to the item/customer.

  11. You can define a customer packaging ID to be printed on labels, as well as a packaging code.

    The 'Standard quantity' field is used to calculate the number of packages when performing automatic packing.

    The 'Minimum quantity' field controls the minimum quantity to be packed during manual packing.

    The 'Maximum quantity' field indicates the maximum quantity that is usually handled for the item/package combination, which is checked during manual packing.

    Example: You have set automatic packing, have 14 items to pack and the minimum quantity is set to 12. M3 automatically packs 12 items. You have to pack the remaining 2 items manually.

Settings for Packing Packages into Other Packages

You have the possibility to pack packages into other packages. For example, items are packed in boxes and the boxes are packed on pallets. This can be done by using manual advanced packing (packing reporting method 2) or by using automatic advanced packing (packing reporting method 3 or 4). If you want to use method 3 or 4, you must define some additional settings in (MMS053).


  1. When you have connected packaging to an item, you have to also connect packaging to the packaging. For example, you have to connect the boxes to the pallets. On the (MMS053/B) panel, select sorting order 3=Per package.

  2. Press F4 in the Packaging field. This start (MMS050), where you select the packaging (such as boxes) to which you connected the item. Enter a quantity in the Quantity field, for example 999999.

  3. In the Packaging field on the E panel, start (MMS050) again and select another type of packaging to pack this packaging into. For example, if you want to pack items in boxes on pallets, then you should select a type of packaging called Pallets.

  4. Enter the quantity to be packed in each type of packaging in the 'Standard quantity' field.

    This could, for example, be that the items should be packed in boxes and the boxes should be packed on pallets. There should be 5 items in each box and 10 boxes on each pallet.

Parameters to Set

Program ID/ Panel Field The field indicates …
(CRS706/B) Division

..the division for which these packing settings applies to. Division 'blank' menas that the settings applies fore the whole company.


Company 100. Divisions AAA and BBB

If you first create settings for company 100, division blank (valid for the whole company) and then the different settings for division AAA, then the settings for division AAA will override the settings for divison blank.

(CRS706/E) UCC/EAN company number

…the company-unique UCC/EAN number required to create SSCC (Serial Shipping Container code) numbers.

SSCC numbers are used to identify packages and are automatically assigned to a package when it is created.

(CRS706/E) Package content

…if the package content indicator should be updated for each package. The package content indicates that different item numbers are packed in the package.

The alternatives are:

0 = No, do not update package content.

1 = Yes, update package content if different items exists in the same package.

This parameter could affect the system performance when packaging structures are used, otherwise it is irrelevant.

(CRS706/E) Find existing package no for manual pack

…how the package number should be found when performing manual pack. It only applies when the package number is left blank and option 16 is used to pack a line.

When switched on, the package number will be found by searching for suitable packages that still have space in them. Suitable packages are those with the correct packaging code and stanard quantity as set in 'Item.Connect packaging' (MMS053).

When left off the last package used will continue to be used.

An order contains 4 lines for the same item, each with quantity 1. The packing instructions point to packaging BOX with a standard quantity of 3. I go to manual pack (MMS424) and am presented with the 4 lines to be packed. I take option 17 on the 1st line, option 16 on the 2nd, option 17 on the 3rd and option 16 on the 4th. The results will be like this:

Line 1 2 3 4

Flag On 1 1 2 1

Flag Off 1 1 2 2

(CRS706/E) Warning closed delivery …if a warning will be issued if a user tries to change details of a package that belong to a delivery that has already been issued. A delivery is considered to have been issued if its status is greater than or equal to 60.
(MWS010/G) 240 Packing reporting method

…whether packing processing is used and how.

The valid alternatives are:

0 = Packing not used

1 = Manual simple packing. Simple packing involves packages and weight only. You cannot predefine certain items for certain packages, etc.

Advanced packing is when all picking lines are packed in one or several packages with defaults according to the table in (MMS053).

2 = Manual advanced packing

3 = Automatic advanced packing when picking list moved to packing location. Delivery status must be 50=Moved to packing location.

4 = Automatic advanced packing when picking list printed.

(MMS050) Packaging This is the packaging master where you define your packaging. It is used for both simple and advanced packing.
(DRS080) Packaging type Packaging is connected to a packaging type.
(MMS053) 'Item. Connect Packaging' This connection should be set when using advanced packing.
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