SAP EWM MFS
The SAP MFS (Material Flow System) area represents an integrated part of SAP EWM and enables the connection of any automatic trades from the stacker crane to the automatic palletizing robot.
In the course of automating production, the introduction of warehouse automation technologies and the optimization of warehouse technology are becoming increasingly important. Reasons for automating a warehouse can be, for example, the need for compact storage, high throughput, long internal transport distances, high consolidation efforts or the need for ergonomic and safe working conditions.
With SAP MFS (Material Flow System), warehouse and conveyor technology as well as automated warehouses can be directly connected to SAP and controlled in real time. SAP MFS as a fully integrated material flow system is part of SAP EWM. The use of additional material flow computers and further communication middleware can be omitted, since SAP MFS communicates directly with subordinate programmable logic controllers (PLCs).
The advantages of warehouse automation with SAP MFS are the very high degree of standardization, the low number of interfaces, and cost benefits in maintenance, operation, and support. In addition, you only need one system for warehouse management, warehouse control and material flow control.
The connection is made via a direct TCP/IP connection up to PLC level. This is made possible by the SAP ABAP Push Channel provided by SAP EWM, which is located in the SAP standard environment. From goods receipt to goods issue, SAP MFS controls and synchronizes all material flows on the conveyor system, taking into account capacity utilization, disruptions and sequencing issues. Here, the MFS controls all connected devices in real time, such as the conveyor system, robotics, stacker cranes or AGVs.
SAP MFS is able to dynamically adapt to a wide range of exceptional situations and can react quickly and specifically via implemented logics. The targeted provision of source containers at the right time, in the right sequence, at a workstation directly integrated into the conveyor system can be synchronized and coordinated by the MFS. In the area of energy efficiency, it is also possible to control specifically so that devices consume less power during low-load periods and Green Logistics can be established.
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