This company is a leading specialty chemical manufacturer providing innovative chemistry solutions to customers in over 100 countries around the world.
This specialty chemicals manufacturer was looking for ways to simplify the process of receiving new specialized containers, (called bubblers), that are used to transport highly volatile gas mediums to their customers. Since the gas medium is a hazardous material, the containers must be traceable through their various stages of usage. Consequently, they must be serialized and tracked in SAP. They accomplish this by identifying each container as an “Equipment” asset in SAP, associating it with a serial number, and then process all shipments and returns with reference to this unique serial number.
When a new set of containers are received, before posting a SAP Goods Receipt transaction to acknowledge receipt, users must first create the equipment record for each container, assign a serial number to each container, and then reference these serial numbers in the goods receipt transaction posting. After which, users need to print out and attach container labels that identify each container with its serial number.
As a result, the time, effort and paperwork involved in receiving shipments of containers drastically increases as the number of containers increases, often causing long delays between the time that they arrive and the time they can be used.
The barcode solution was designed to simplify the receiving process by prompting the user to provide the bare minimum input for the goods receipt; namely: Purchase Order Number, number of containers to be received, and the type of containers.
With this information, the barcode solution validates that the purchase order is valid, and if so,
- Creates an Equipment record for each container, and assigns a unique serial number to the equipment record.
- After doing this for all containers, the interface performs the goods receipt function, referencing all the newly created equipment serial numbers.
- Finally, the interface prints the barcode labels for each container, using the data from the equipment records that it just created.
All of the above steps are performed behind the scenes, invisible to the users, so that they need only to click on ‘Post’ after providing the basic receiving information. Users receive acknowledgement of all successful and failed postings after which, they simply need to apply the barcode labels to each of the containers. This results in a simple two-step process.
By simplifying receiving of new containers using a “Scan and Go” process, users are now able to focus on the task at hand of physically marking each container received with a barcode label (containing its unique serial number) without worrying about all the steps required to achieve this in SAP. This simplified process has allowed them to eliminate errors and quickly move new containers into production for storing gas mediums to be subsequently transported to their customers. Reducing delays and increasing customer satisfaction.
Ideally, SAP barcoding systems should be designed so that the users can simply “Scan and Go”. But in order to fully support a “Scan and Go” methodology, the underlying SAP barcoding system must be able to easily look-up any required SAP data, (even if there is no BAPI or RFC to support it), perform sophisticated data processing, and concatenate multiple SAP postings into a single logical function.
The NLINK ADC to SAP Solution fully supports a “Scan and Go” methodology through its ability to perform real-time SAP data lookups; for validation, to provide contextual data for the users, and to collect the additional data required to successfully post to SAP. Additionally, the NLINK ADC to SAP Solution provides a powerful and flexible SAP barcoding business rules engine via a configuration-based approach that does not install anything into your SAP landscape or force you to manage custom code.
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