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How to activate SLED Functionality

Business Case

The company requires that procured materials are received at warehouse within specified shelf life. The material must have minimum 8 days of shelf life remaining at the time of goods receipt. The material has 20 days shelf life from date of manufacture. SLED requirement need to be confirmed during following cases:

  • Goods receipt against PO (mvt 101)
  • Release GR blocked stock for warehouse (mvt 105)
  • Stock transfer between plants (mvt 301)

In the event vendor provided goods do not match minimum shelf life requirement, warehouse would receive the goods as “GR blocked stock” (Mvt 103)

Material Master Setting

We are making following settings in Plant data view:

  • minimum shelf life remaining : 8
  • Period indicator for shelf life: D (day)
  • Total shelf life: 20


T-Code OMJ5

We need to activate both plant and movement type for SLED.


We have activated following plants for SLED:

  • 0006
  • 0007
  • 0008
  • 1000
  • 1100


Movement Type

We have activated following movement type for SLED:

  • Mvt 101
  • Mvt 105




Vendor shipped the goods and we would receive the material against Mvt 101 with date of manufacture 08/20/2013 (MM-DD-YYYY)

  • As expected, system generated error since material has insufficient shelf life expiry date
  • Now we would post GR as GR blocked stock (Mvt 103)



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      Author's profile photo Jürgen L
      Jürgen L

      Bummer, yet another wasted opportunity, I had already given the hint what to explain when I rejected the blog.

      Almost no text for the search engine to find this document.

      Can really someone learn about the functionality when seeing 3 screenshots?

      Why did you enter a X only for some plants and not all.

      Why did you enter a 1 and no other number, what does the 1 mean, why didn't you set this for other movements?

      does this have anything to do with batch management?

      you see there can be a lot questions which could have been explained.

      If you search the forum with "SLED" then you could have found numerous discussions, you could have get an idea what to outline in this document to make it really a valuable content that could be used as source to answer all those questions.

      Maybe you take the chance and rework it to include all this

      Author's profile photo Craig S
      Craig S

      Actually there are 4 screen shots Jurgen... 😉

      But yes.. This really does not impart any knowledge. 

      For instance, in the last screen why did you circle manufacture date?  What does that have to do with SLED?  What is the relationship between the three items in the last screen shot? 

      - manufacture date (8/20/2013),

      - the 8 days in the error message, 

      - 9/9/2013 date in the error message

      I can't understand from just your graphic how those dates and numbers reflect what your discussing. If I was a newbie, I'd still be clueless.

      Is the SLED used in all GR's?  What about stock transport orders and GR's for them?  Can my sister plant send me close to expired stuff?

      What if use a rounding rule?  How do those impact this process.

      When I look at what is supposed to be a technical blog, I'm looking for the things that SAP doesn't have in their help files.  If it's in their help files, I'll find the info myself. 

      What are the practical "gotcha's" in implementing SLED.  What are the undocumented features?  What business issues does the business have to address?  What if the date of manufacture and expiration date the vendor provides doesn't match the SLED date my system calculates?  What do I put in?  Can I still receive it?  What if I want the check to just be a warning and not an error? What if I buy the material from two different vendors and their shelf life dates are different?  How can I deal with that?

      SLED is one of my favorite topics and is so critical to most good quality control systems.


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Blog Post Author

      Thank you for highlighting areas for improvement.

      With Warmest Regards,

      Mahboob Rahman

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Blog Post Author

      Thank you for critical review. I have updated the document and would keep exploring ways to enrich further.

      With Warmest Regards,

      Mahboob Rahman