The use of combination codes

You can use combination codes to prevent the load building and freight order clustering engines from creating loads and clusters, respectively, for undesirable combinations of items. For example, foodstuffs must never be put in a load that also carries toxic materials. To achieve this, you provide foodstuffs with a user-defined combination code, such as EAT, for example, and toxic materials with a user-defined combination code such as TOX.

Items with identical combination codes can be put together in a load. Items without combination codes can be combined with other items without combination codes, but items with different combination codes cannot be put together.

You can also use a combination code as a criterion to group freight order lines by planning group. For that purpose, you can define a combination code as an attribute for a plan matrix. For further information, see Plan matrices and matrix definitions.

For freight order grouping and load building purposes, you can link a combination code to the following entities:

  • Items
    If you link a combination code to an item, the load building engine puts the item in shipments and loads with items that have the same combination code. You can link a combination code to an item in the Items - Freight Management (fmfmd1100m000) session.
  • Transport types
    For further information, see The use of transport types.
  • Transport means groups
    For further information, see The use of transport means groups.