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What is Auto ID Test Tool?

It is a simulation environment used within the Auto ID Infrastructure to recreate the real time events. Pick, Pack & Load are some of the events associated with Auto ID. For these events to occur we need special hardware (RFID receivers). If at all a situation rises where the Auto ID capabilities are to be tested without hardware involvement, the Auto ID test tool can be used in place of the hardware to simulate a similar scenario.

How to access Auto ID Test Tool?

Transaction code: /n/AIN/TEST_CLIENT

Path                  : SAP Menu >> Auto-ID Infrastructure >> Tools >> Auto ID Test tool

Purpose of the document:

This document will explain in detail how the Auto-ID test tool can be used for PML message transactions. The Tag commissioning scenario explained in the document will give you an idea on how it can be used for other scenarios (Pick, Pack etc.)

Prerequisites:

__     1. The Devices, Device Controller ID & Device Groups are defined. If not defined, use transaction /n/AIN/DEVICE to define them.

_        2. Commands to be transmitted are defined. If not defined, use transaction /n /AIN/RULECONDFRM to define commands & route            them to the respective Rule ID’s.To define the rules, use transaction /n/AIN/VC_RULEDEF.

          3. Number Range Object types are defined (GTIN, SSCC etc.)

          4. The Material Master (AIDMATMAS) & Delivery Information (DELINF) documents are sent from ECC to SAP AII.

          5. RFC Destination is defined. If not, define it in the transaction SM59.

It is assumed that all listed prerequisites are met.

Let’s get started!

For starters, that’s how an Auto-ID test tool looks like for PML message usage. Depending upon the type of message (PML/SAP WS/ALE), the graphical user interface differs a bit. This document is based upon the PML message.

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Fig1. Auto-ID Test tool – Info Initial view

PML >> INFO tab:

Step 1:  Press the New button & enter a message name unique to the event you are about to perform.

Example: *_TagCommision_*

Step 2: Specify the Device Controller ID, Device Group ID & Device ID according to your requirement from the drop down menu.

Step 3: Enter an appropriate command defined in prerequisites 2 in the command field.

Step 4: Enter a Field name & Value to be tracked as Observations & save

Example:

Field Name: Document_no

Field Value: 123425 (Document number sent from ECC to SAP AII)

Now the GUI should look something like this:

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Fig2. Auto-ID Test tool – Info Final view

PML >> TAGS tab:

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Fig 3. Auto-ID Test tool – Tags Initial view

There are quite a few extra buttons in the Tags tab than the Info tab to play around with.

Step 1: Clicking the Tag Generation tab would display the below screen.

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Fig 4. EPC Generation

Select the desired ID version, Tag Encoding Type & Number of Tags. Depending on the Tag Encoding Type you select, the table values below differ. Fill in the table & press OK.

Note: The Filter Value defines the hierarchy of the products & Casings (in general 0=product; 1= first casing and so on). The other fields can be selected from the drop down menu.

Step 2: Let’s say the last step was done for Tag Encoding Type SGTIN-96 which defines the product, repeat the step for another encoding type to define the casing.

Note: Check the Number of tags & FILTER_VALUE fields before you press OK.

Now the GUI should look something like this

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Fig5. Generated EPC’s

The URI format is human understandable. In the above example, I basically have two SGTIN-96 tags & 4 SSCC-96 tags.

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Fig 6. URI Format description

Step 3: when a barcode is scanned, a scanner can send metadata about the scanned tag. This can be accomplished in the test tool. Select a row from the above screen & press the details button. It would add a row to the data tag list below. Add the details , Apply changes & save.

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Fig7. EPC metadata creation

PML >> UPLOAD tab:

Once you are done with the Info & Tags tab, move on to the upload tab & click on the Preview button to view the generated PML message.

Now that the tags are generated, all that is left for us is to send it to the Auto-ID system. Select the RFC using the RFC button  & send it.

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  1. Fatih Aynaoglu

    Hello Sam,

    thank you for this great description. I have another question: What if SAP AII Test tool is not generating URI format like in your picutres above? In my system both columns (ID and URI Format) are equal.

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    1. Sam Anish Post author

      Hi Fatih,

      I am glad the document was of some help on your quest.

      If you’d create a new discussion on the community by posting a screenshot of you PML message tag screen & describe the exact issues, it’d bring in more useful inputs/solutions from the community. It would also benefit the future readers of the community.

      Thanks & Regards

      Sam

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  2. gitashri bhuyan

    Hi Sam,

    My question is also same as Fatih as i also got same value. My another question is in RFC destination i mentioned AIN_DC_ECHO_TEST and getting message as message sent successfully. But no data available in table /AIN/DM_OBJ_CTX .. Can you guide me what RFC connection need to use and in which table data will be available

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    1. Sam Anish Post author

      Hi Gitashri,

      Auto ID test tool being just a simulation environment, the actual processing happens within the AII. To guide your message to the processing environment, follow the below steps.

      1. Create an RFC connection “AIN” of type H.

      2. Mention your SAP AII instance as the target host.

      3. Use path prefix /sap/scm/ain.

      4. In the Auto ID test tool while selecting the RFC destination specify this destination & send the message.

      5. You can then verify the processed message details in the Auto ID cockpit.

      Next time, please create a separate discussion when you have an issue in mind thereby giving every community member the opportunity & freedom to provide inputs & solutions.This would also benefit our future community readers.

      Thanks & Regards

      Sam

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  3. karthik Krishnan

    Hi,

    I am trying to integrate EWM with AII. Have created Inbound delivery from ECC to EWM with HU details. The packaging material of HU contains the EPC tag.

    Using Auto-ID Cockpit, i am trying to access the delivery, but it is not reflecting. I have done the config as per AII config guide, but not able to search Inbound delivery of EWM.

    Any help would be great.

    Karthik

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    1. Sam Anish Post author

      Hello Karthik,

      Its been a while since I worked on this so I am unable to recall the configuration & stuff.

      If you are still pursuing for answers to your issue, please post it as a question in our Product Traceability & RFID community. I am sure some one from our community will be able to help you out with it.

      Sam

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    2. jaggi s

      Dear Karthik,

      I am new to EWM and i have the similar requirement to automatize the warehouse using SAP EWM and Auto ID. Do you have any documents related to this, how can i proceed?

      Thanks in advance.

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