Blog Series about the Material Flow System Component of SAP Extended Warehouse Management
With this blog we want to start a series of blogs putting the material flow system (MFS) component of SAP Extended Warehouse Management (EWM) into the focus. The objective for the series is to provide a quick introduction to the topic as such as well as to address experienced professionals. The blogs deal with different aspects of MFS. They explain standard settings along with enhancement possibilities. Moreover, recommendations as well as do’s and don’ts are covered. Please note that these blogs are not intended to replace a classical training or experienced consultants by any means. By being published as blogs it is up to the reader to decide where to start studying and where to take a deep dive.
Already with version 5.1 SAP EWM offered an integration for automated warehouses. Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) orchestrating conveyor belts, rack feeders, lifts, and many more could be connected to EWM. Since then several releases of EWM added substantial scope and functionality to the MFS component.
A direct connection from EWM to the PLCs is established with TCP/IP socket communication. MFS offers a rich set of configurations, standard functionality as well as enhancement possibilities. It can be seen as a framework to address green field as well as brown field installations.
The blog series covers various topics. As a beginner it makes sense to consume them in sequence. For professionals a quick pick of a focus topic is possible, too.
Available MFS topics are:
- Communication to PLCs
- Customizing and master data related to communications
- Receiving and processing of telegrams
- Sending telegrams
- Reliable communication
Expect the list to grow over time, and the links to each topic to be added soon. To make sure you are notified of new parts of this blog series, please follow our assigned tag, SAP Extended Warehouse Management and see an overview of all related blog posts published for this series here.
For a high level description of SAP Material Flow System, its capabilities and some select customer examples, please check out the following document >>>
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Thank you Joerg for this interesting blog.
Very difficult to get information on MFS topic.
Thanks many. It is always interesting to receive information about EWM. It´s possible to ilustrate this MFS blogs with some examples?.
Thank you Joerg and all the other colleagues of yours that might’ve been involved.
Awesome blog series!
Hi Joerg, very informative article. Is there a scope for SAP to dive deeper in the “Good to Person” using Automated Mobile Robots AMRs? Can’t seem to find any discussion or possible SAP solution that includes AMRs as part of the goods to person process and wondering if that is something that is in SAP’s radar?
Please take a look at SAP Warehouse Robotics.
Best regards, Tobias