Stock status

A quantity of a given material at a Plant can exist in one of three basic stock statuses:

  1. Unrestricted
  2. Quality Inspection (QI)
  3. Blocked

For the below explanation this is called ‘stock status’.

Batch status

When you activate batch management, this introduces a complication, a batch of a given material may have the status Unrestricted or Restricted, which is independent of the stock status.

This is the batch status.

Representation in MMBE

This can cause confusion for people when viewing stock using transaction MMBE.  If you know the following, then it will help:

Stock status

Batch status

MMBE column displayed in

Batch/quantity in example

Unrestricted

Unrestricted

Unrestricted use

NICK1

Unrestricted

Restricted

Restricted use

NICK2

QI

Unrestricted

Qual. inspection

NICK3

QI

Restricted

Qual. inspection

Blocked

Unrestricted

Blocked

NICK4

Blocked

Restricted

Blocked

For a material quantity with unrestricted stock status, the batch status will dictate which column the batch quantity is shown in (see NICK1 versus NICK2)

For a material quantity with the stock status QI or Blocked, the batch status does not effect which column the quantity is shown in.  The material batch is always shown in the appropriate stock status column.

If you want to know the batch status of material with a stock status of QI or Blocked:

Select the batch.

Select  Extras \ Display Batch from the menu bar.


And view the Batch status section of the Basic Data 1 tab.

Note backwards navigation is available and can be used to return to the MMBE display via the Back button.

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  1. Radhakrishnan Dilli babu

    Hi Nick,

    Thanks for the doc. Could you please provide your understanding on the functional requirement of unrestricted and restricted when a stock is Batch Managed.

    Under which business process, the need to demarcate between a restricted and unrestricted stock type ( Under BM ) is being utilized i.e, (NICK1 and NICK2)

    Cheers !

    Dilli~

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    1. Nick W2 Post author

      More or less . . .  where you have batches of a material in a companies processes and you need to identify, test and monitor these i.e. be able to trace where those batches were used.

      For some industries there isn’t a distinction between one quantity of a given material and another or at least not a sufficient justification for the overhead of batch management.  For example I doubt a company producing telegraph poles (before we all go mobile, declining industry I imagine) would need batch management but they might receipt into QI status before visually inspecting prior to setting as unrestricted stock.

      There are however many materials/industries e.g. pharmaceuticals, where it is essential to be able to identify distinct quantities of a material, in case of, for example the need recall faulty material.  When a batch of pharmaceutical product is produced there is the need to verify the production process was satisfactory.  Alternatively a batch of the active ingredient that went into a product may be identified as faulty at a late stage.  Then you need to be able to identify which batches of the end product the faulty batch of the active ingedient was used to produce.

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  2. Mohamed nabih

    Hello , I wanted to check if there is a transaction that provide the same details like MMBE but for all materials ,as in MMBE you have to supply only one single material.

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