Basic Settings for System-Directed Put-Away

This document explains the basic settings for system-directed put-away.


Basic settings are done. System-directed put-away can be used.

System-directed put-away is used for goods receipt and put-away of all types of orders. It suggests the correct locations to place received goods in based on various criteria such as frequency of use and proximity to point of use.

See System-Directed Put-Away.

Before you start

Follow these steps

  1. Start 'Item. Open' (MMS001/F).

  2. The 'Distribution group technology' field must be filled in if Group type 2='Distribution group technology' in (MMS057/B) should be used.

    Distribution group technology is defined in 'Distribution Group Technology. Open' (MMS043).

  3. Start 'Item. Connect Warehouse' (MMS002/F). Enter the 'ABC class – frequency code' field and 'ABC method – frequency' field.

  4. On the G-panel, fill in the Location, 'Location type', 'Fill partly empty' and 'Stock zone' fields.

  5. Start 'Item. Connect Stock Location Type' (MMS057).

    This program defines relations between the item and stock location types. You can also define relations between distribution group technology and stock location types.

  6. Fill in the 'Group type', 'Minimum storage quantity' and 'Sequence number' fields.

  7. Open the E-panel. Fill in the 'Maximum storage quantity' and 'Use at put-away' fields.

    For example: You want to put away a quantity of 120 pieces, of which 100 fit on one pallet. You can use this field to find a pallet location and a picking location for the 20 remaining pieces.

  8. Start 'Stock Zone. Open' (MMS040/E). Fill in the 'Volume calculation' and 'Filling rate calculation' fields.

  9. Start 'Stock Location. Open' (MMS010/E). Open the E panel. Fill in the 'Multi-storage location' field. Deactivate the 'Exclude system-directed put-away' field.

  10. Open the F-panel. Fill in the 'Max volume', 'Max Weight' and 'Max fill rate' fields.

  11. If you use distribution group technology, you must fill in the 'Distribution identity' field.

  12. Fill in the 'Packaging length', 'Packaging width' and 'Packaging height' fields.

  13. Start 'Packaging. Open' (MMS050/E). Fill in the 'Location type' field.

Parameters to set

Program ID/Panel Field The field indicates …


Distribution group technology

…. the distribution group technology, which is used to group items according to their technical distribution characteristics relations. This field must be filled in if Group type 2='Distribution group technology' in (MMS057/B) and (MMS405) should be used.

This is used to reduce administrative time by allowing you to enter common parameters for items with similar characteristics. It can be used for the setup of: Allocation/Put-away tables- Picking times- Order line completion limits - Material budgets in project planning.



ABC – Class frequency

…the ABC class - frequency code is used for these main purposes:

1. To group historical information on items.

2. To guide System-Directed Put-away so it selects appropriate locations for the item. This guidance is based on the concept that high frequency items should be placed closest to the point of picking in order to minimize transport time. For this purpose the ABC code on the item/warehouse master (MMS002) indicates the highest priority locations the item will be placed in for that warehouse. For example, if the item/warehouse has ABC frequency code B, then System Directed Putaway will only suggest that item be placed in locations with codes B-J in that warehouse. The ABC frequency selection is only done when looking for empty locations. It does not apply when searching for part empty locations (Example: locations that already have some of the item in them).


ABC – method frequency

…the ABC method for each ABC class and warehouse/item. This method determines how the ABC class is updated.

This is the valid alternative for system-directed put-away:

0 = Manual update

You update the ABC class in (MMS010) for each location.



… the location that is used if no other location is found according to the location type lookup. This is also generally used as the primary picking location.


Location type

… the location type that is used if no location type is found on the (MMS057) table.


Fill partly empty

… whether system-directed put-away should attempt to fill partly filled locations with the same item number. Regardless of the value in this field, lot numbers will not be mixed by system-directed put-away.


Stock zone

… a stock zone. If a stock zone is entered here, only locations from this stock zone will be retrieved.


Group type

… whether the relations should be for an item or a distribution group technology.


Minimum storage quantity

… the minimum permitted quantity that may be put away in a location that belongs to the specified location type. The system looks for the first record for the item/warehouse that has a quantity less than or equal to the quantity being put away.


Sequence number

… the sequence number that can be used if you want to have more than one entry for the same key and minimum quantity. The sequence number will, under these circumstances, determine the sequence in which entries in this table are used. Note that the table is read backwards so that higher numbers are read first.


Maximum storage quantity

… the maximum storage quantity and is used for fill rate calculation. The field also indicates the maximum storage quantity that may be put away at a location belonging to a specified location type. Fill rate=Qty in location / max storage quantity x 100


Use at put-away

…whether this item is considered when looking for location types by quantity lookup. Otherwise, it is only used for allocation and for fill rate calculations.


Volume calculation

… whether a volume calculation should be performed for the locations within the area upon deliveries and receipts.

Volume is dependent on the volume of the item in (MMS001).

If item x has volume .003 and item y has volume .007, then the current volume in (MMS010) after the above two put-aways in (MMS010) will be (.003 x 150) + (.007 x 20) = 0.59.

If location y is marked as having a max fill rate of 1, a warning will be given if the new current volume after a given put-away will be greater than 1.

This is usually in cubic meters, but the unit of measure can be set by the user.


Filling rate calculation

… whether the filling rate should be calculated at the locations within the zone for incoming/outgoing deliveries.

Filling rate is dependent on the max quantity in (MMS057). The limit for filling rate is set in (MMS010).


Item x has a record in (MMS057) that indicates a max quantity of 200 for location type P1.

If 150 of item x are placed in location y (which is location type P1), then location y will be given a current fill rate of 75 percent.

Item z has a record in (MMS057) that indicates a max quantity of 100 for location type P1.

If 20 of item z are now placed in location y, the fill rate will be changed to (75 + 20)=95 percent.

If location y is marked as having a max fill rate of 120 percent, a warning will be given if the new current fill rate after a given put-away will be greater than 120 percent.


Multi-storage locations

Take note that the following is implemented in Java 12.4 SP11:

The field indicates whether the location may be shared by several balance identities.

The valid alternatives are:

0 = No. Only one balance identity is permitted at the location. An occupied location cannot be reused unless the stock being put there is the same item, lot and container.

1 = Yes. Several balance identities may be stored at the location. There are no restrictions on the reuse of the location.

2 = Yes. Different containers in the same location provided they are the same item and lot.

3 = Yes. Different lot and/or container provided the item number is the same.

Note that all put-aways are still subject to checks on weight, volume and fill rate, regardless of the value of this field.


Not system directed

… whether this location should be excluded from system-directed put-away. For example, this location should never be used in the search logic for system-directed put-away.

The valid alternatives are:

0 = No, do not exclude this location for system-directed put-away. Use this location.

1 = Yes, exclude this location for system-directed put-away.

Specify 0 if this location should be used in the search logic.


Max - Volume - Weight - Fill rate

… a maximum for a location.


Packaging - Length - Width - Height

… packaging dimensions that are used for a dimension check (such as with cubic scan) for a location.


Location type

… the location type used for retrieving put-away locations for a packaging.

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