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SAP TM comes by default with a given set of location types (plant, customer, …) and I have been asked multiple times if I could add one or two more. With each release the solution comes with an enhanced set fitting to the business process, for example ocean (obviously port might be a good one) or air.

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Often customers want to structure their scenario using location types and miss some. Here is the way to do it customer specific:

1. Add the new location type(s) to the fixed value appends /SCMB/C_LOCTYPE_TM1 and /SCMB/TM_LOCTYPE_TM1 (Don’t ask me why there are two… I don’t know, but I might follow up on that.) This is switched on for SAP TM using Switch /SCMB/MD_SFWS_TM_FND1, which is attached to the mandatory SCMB – TM Business Function. After adding the values, it is already possible to use the location type when creating a location.

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2. To make the F4 help for Locations consider the new types, edit the help view /SAPAPO/V_TLOCNO and add under the tab ‘Selection Conditions’ your new types with an OR. Take care that the last field LVORM is connected with AND.

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I am not aware of many spots in TM, where ocation types are used steer anything (UI, process, …). So new types will not hurt. But I can imagine that this might be used more strictly in the future.

I see another point to consider: Not sure how it is handled in an ERP – TM location integration scenario via CIF. I would guess there it is hard to handle new types, but probably possible (new type on ERP side?).

Cheers,

Marcus

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  1. Tim Tan

    /SCMB/C_LOCTYPE_TM1 is for transaction code /sapapo/loc3 (APO locations)

    /SCMB/TM_LOCTYPE_TM1 is for transaction code /scmtms/loc3 (TM specific locations).

    Locations with enhanced location type maintained via /SAPAPO/LOC3 (after assigning to current model) is able to show in /SCMTMS/LOC3 and vice versa.

    They are in the same database table /sapapo/loc.

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