User Interface

The layout of the Shelf Life Cockpit is splitted into different areas, containing different windows and table-like sheets also called browsers. The top part of the screen shows the Working frame: used to determine and analyze any shelf life conflict. The bottom part is divided into two smaller Detailed frames: showing detailed information and analyses.

Shelf Life Monitor

The Shelf Life Monitor is the main working window and this one is opened automatically after starting the software. The SLM lists all relevant materials and shows various calculated key figures and alerts related to these materials. Each line stands for one material.

With the help of this monitor the user can get a quick overview of the materials with shelf life caused conflicts, and make a first rough-cut analysis of the problem. For a deeper analysis of the situation there are the detailed browsers available.

Batch stocks


The browser Batch Stocks lists all batches with their corresponding stock information. Like in the Shelf Life Monitor, shelf life conflicts are displayed in the Batch stocks browser through alerts. However, the alert in this browser does not only give a signal that there is a shelf life conflict within this batch, but also if a part of MHD-Konflikt Teilmenge or the total amount MHD-Konflikt total amount will expire. The grey icon MHD-Konflikt Verfall indicates that the shelf life has already passed, and the decay no longer can be avoided. In addition to the shelf life information of the objects, there is also relevant information displayed regarding the next demand date and demand quantity.

Process orders

The browser Process orders provides an overview of all process orders and predictable shelf life conflicts for the planned production batches.
Like in the browser for Batch stocks, shelf life conflicts are displayed with yellow, red, or gray icons with the same meaning.
Unlike the shelf life conflicts in batch stocks, which can only be solved by on time consuming or selling the amounts that have an upcoming expiration date, process orders with such conflicts can be re-scheduled. In order to avoid shelf life conflicts in process orders, it is possible to change the planned production amount and/or the scheduled production time. A shelf life conflict solution with process orders is not only possible through a change in the Supply Chain environment (e.g. additional demands), but also through changing the object itself e.g. re-scheduling the object. Taking shelf life conflicts into consideration as early as in the stage of production scheduling can help to reduce the probability of later arising conflicts. Paying closer attention to the shelf life dates will improve the quality of planning and ensure that the amount of SLED-related losses will decrease.

Planning Book – Perishable Goods


As described the Shelf Life Monitor gives general information about the existence of at least one shelf life conflict within the materials in the selected time horizon. The Planning Book for Perishable Goods offers more details by summing up all goods movements (receipts and issues) of each material within the selected horizon and aggregating the result in predefined time buckets such as days, weeks or months. At the same time this browser contains information about the expected expiring quantities and calculates the planned stock level for each time bucket. The planning horizon as well as the time bucket granularity can both be changed at any time.

Expiring amounts and shortages in the inventory are highlighted in red, so that the user can identify them quickly and easily. A detailed analysis of these conflicts can be retrieved from the relevant cell menus and viewed in a detailed browser. In order to support further analysis of the expiratory problem this detailed browser offers a list of all goods movements (receipts and issues) with information on the corresponding MRP elements per time bucket. Note that the focus functionality is available in this browser by simply double-clicking on the corresponding cell.

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