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Enhanced incompatibility constraints during planning in SAP Transportation Management

When doing manual or automatic (VSR optimization) planning in SAP Transportation Management a great variety of incompatibility constraints can be used.

To enable an even more accurate planning, this incompatibility constraints have been enhanced in SAP S/4HANA 2020 regarding loading direction and attached equipment for vehicles and locations.

This means in detail:

  • For a vehicle, it’s specified
    • whether it can be loaded/unloaded from the left/right/back/top
    • which equipment is attached
  • For a location, it’s specified
    • whether it can be loaded/unloaded from the left/right/back/top
    • which equipment is required

So, during planning it’s checked that only those vehicles can serve a location, which

  • have at least one loading/unloading capability matching the location’s capabilities, and
  • contain at least the attached equipment required by the location

To enable the system to take these incompatibility constraints into account during planning, the following settings in customizing and master data have to be made.

In customizing the following profiles are introduced:

  • Vehicle:

    • Loading direction profile: Possible loading/unloading direction together with the preferred direction
    • Vehicle loading profile: Loading direction profile along with the information whether the attached equipment is fix
    • Attached equipment profile: Required equipment for loading/unloading
  • Location:

    • Loading direction profile: Possible loading/unloading direction together with the preferred direction
    • Location loading profile: Loading direction profile along with information about the attached loading equipment (e.g. firmly attached to the vehicle, outside cargo space)
    • Attached equipment profile: Attached equipment for loading/unloading

Those profiles can then be assigned in the master data:

  • Vehicle:

  • Location:

Having maintained this, those settings can then be maintained in the incompatibility settings to consider them during manual and automatic planning.

For questions or comments, please use the comment section below. I’ll appreciate any feedback!

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  • Could we call Vehicle Constraint Allocation during Product Allocation at Sales Order?

    I mean use Advanced ATP fucntionality, which will look into the Inventory availability as well as the Truck/Vehicle availability

     

    Hi all

    I have another question related to this topic indirectly: if I have my products always available in Plant A and Plant B, but trucks in plant A and Plant B are not always available, could I actually take ATP on the means of Transport (Trucks) instead of on products?

    If yes, how? Could I split Sales Order Item (at the Sales Order Save) to two lines based on the availability of the Truck in plants A and B instead of based on the availability of the product itself?

    And if yes, how?

    We are on S4HANA 2020 if this helps (the latest and greatest SP)

    one person posted a blog, but we need wider understanding

    Kind regards

    Adi

    P.S. One person posted this Blog https://blogs.sap.com/2020/01/14/new-product-allocation-pal-features-in-advanced-atp-aatp-of-s-4hana-1909-release/