Shelf life expiration date (SLED) in Warehousing

The SLED field only exists in the quant when shelf life management is active in Materials Management (MM). This happens when the material master is maintained accordingly. During a stock placement in MM user can enter either the production date or the shelf life expiration date. This depends upon whether the field Remaining shelf life has been maintained in the material master record. For example, if 10 days have been entered into this field, the system assumes that when goods are received, the production date was entered and calculates the shelf life automatically. If user leaves this field empty in the material master view of warehouse management, the system makes it possible for user to directly enter the shelf life expiration date.

This date that is entered or calculated during the goods receipt is then noted in the quant that is created in the storage bin. If user adds stock to an existing quant in a storage bin, the shelf life expiration date of the new quantity that is added is lost.

Enter the shelf life data into the storage view of the material master record. This data includes:

  • Maximum time a material can be stored
  • Minimum shelf life a material must have available to be accepted by the system
  • Percentage of the total shelf life that must still be available if the goods are to be sent to another distribution point
  • Time unit used for the shelf life data (days, weeks or years)
  • Total number of days that the goods can be kept – from production to the shelf life expiration date

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