When packing handling units for shipping, or processing inbound handling units, it’s common to need to weigh and post this value to SAP. We often work with companies to automate the process of getting these values in SAP automatically so in this blog post I’ll quickly show you how to use the standard SAP scale integration.
Using our AdvancePack solution, desktop connected scales are used to read the weight of materials, handling units while packing, we can use the same tools in other areas in SAP.
- Configuration access to your system.
- Our ScaleConnect for SAP software for each desktop or a comparable third party scale integration application.
If you’re using our AdvancePack workstation, you already have the necessary configuration.
As an overview, I’ll define a Packstation (WM) and WorkCenter (EWM). The structure is usually defined as follows for WM and EWM environments:
Define an RFC connection to the scale
First, define a RFC connection to each Pack station scale and test the connection. (Note: standardized naming is important before starting, otherwise you’ll have a mess on your hands as you deploy more PCs and scales.) You’ll use the settings used in ScaleConnect. There are 2 separate settings here but the only one that matters is the Program ID.
Test your PackStation
In AdvancePack, select the weight button or select F5 to refresh the weight on the screen. In the standard SAP pack screen, select the “Weigh” button.
What happens in the background is that SAP makes an RFC call to the scale to read the weight. The return value is read and imported into the screen. I hope this information is helpful. Contact us to learn more about our ScaleConnect for SAP software or our AdvancePack WorkCenter.
Phillip Avelar is a Senior SCM consultant at Advanced Solutions, based in Chicago. He shares his passion for solving customers problems in his blog posts, industry articles and talks. When he’s not writing, he’s working with customers to develop and apply innovative solutions to common problems in the supply chain.