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E-WMS - configuration and usage of Generated multi-layer SSCC

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This document describes the procedure to configure and E-WMS SSCC Generated multi-layer SSCC. The details in this document are based on Exact Globe Next product update 412.


E-WMS offers the possibility to register SSCC (pallet- and box) numbers during order picking or order packing. You can use E-WMS 'scanned SSCC' when these SSCC numbers are already present on the items (probably from your own production process) and when there is no repacking required during the fulfilment process. When you have to create SSCC numbers and labels during the fulfilment process, then you can use E-WMS 'Generated SSCC' which enables you to generate new unique SSCC numbers and print labels from the hand terminal, during the E-WMS order picking or packing process.

This document describes the following steps:


Generated SSCC offers following functionality:

  • You can generate new pallet- and or box SSCC numbers during E-WMS order picking (or order packing) on the hand terminal
  • You can print SSCC labels 'from the hand terminal' (actually through the WMS webserver and BarTender event server), for the generated SSCC numbers
  • The generated outer (pallet) SSCC numbers are recognized and included by Exact EDI in the delivery note message
  • You can apply three different label types: shipment, pallet and box label
  • Enabling 'generated SSCC' will add the button 'Shipment builder' to the Control Center Sales order fulfilment, which can be used optionally.
    In the shipment builder, you can move items from one pallet or box to another, before processing the fulfilment.
    For usage of shipment builder, please refer to documentation of Autopack/Shipment builder.
  • You do not scan SSCC numbers when using 'generated SSCC', you pick items for the just generated ('active') SSCC numbers until generating new SSCC numbers
  • From release 412, you can configure per debtor if generated SSCC is to be used. In earlier releases, generating SSCC numbers is a mandatory step on the hand terminal for every sales order
  • A shipment number is assigned to the selected orders, when sending order lines to be picked. This shipment number cannot be changed on the hand terminal or after reading back the picked lines.
  • Generated SSCC is not related to or integrated with E-WMS SKU Management. SSCC is about shipping, SKU Management is about internal warehouse management. Only when using 'Scanned SSCC' it is possible to copy SKU numbers as SSCC numbers.
  • It is not possible to show the SSCC numbers on an Exact Globe Next layout. To provide a list of SSCC number per shipment, a custom report will have to be created. This could be the WMS report which is printed after processing a fulfilment.


  • License requirements
    • E-WMS I - SE1380 (or older license SE5700 Pick-IT)
    • BarTender Enterprise (when using versions older than 9.4) or BarTender Enterprise Automation (9.4 and higher), see E-WMS system requirements
  • For generic requirements of using BarTender, please see section 'Requirements' in this document.


Following terms are used in this document:

  • GS1: an international organization dedicated to the standardization in the national and international demand and supply chain. GS1 regulates for instance the standards of bar coding. GS1 was formerly known as 'EAN International' or 'Stichting EAN' in the Netherlands.
  • SSCC: Serial Shipping Container Code, a number, as standard set by GS1, is an 18-digit unique digit code used to identify stock keeping units, or shipping units, in logistical processes and in EDI messages between trade partners.
    It is also used to refer to the SSCC label itself and sometimes to the stock keeping unit (outer/inner) for this process.
  • Outer (SSCC): a stock keeping unit which is commonly also the transport unit, like a pallet, and may contain several inner SSCCs
  • Inner (SSCC): a SKU which is commonly used to build an outer SKU, for example a box or a case
  • Shipment number: a unique SSCC number assigned to a shipment. A shipment number is assigned per collection of orders when sending picking, and not during order picking on the hand terminal. The shipment number is cleared when rolling back orders from status 'picking'.

A SSCC number is build up as defined by GS1:

  • position 1: Extension digit, free assignable by the party that creates the SSCC, can be for example a reference to a specific plant or branch of the company
  • position 2 to 17: the GS1 company prefix followed by a sequence number, making this SSCC number globally unique
  • position 18: computed (modulo 10) control digit

In bar codes, an application identifier '00' can be added as prefix to the SSCC number as part of an EAN128/GS1-128 bar code, but is not part of the SSCC number itself.

Enable and configure Generated SSCC

Generated SSCC is enabled through the E-WMS settings in Exact Globe Next menu System, General, Settings, WMS SSCC

Disable per debtor

When generated SSCC is generally enabled, it is a mandatory step in the picking process to generate a SSCC number. Default, generated SSCC will be enabled for all debtors.
However, not every debtor will require registration of SSCC numbers during order picking. For that reason, you can disable generated SSCC per debtor in maintenance of 'accounts receivable'.

BarTender and labels

BarTender is not part of Exact Globe Next and needs to be purchased and installed separately. For E-WMS generated SSCC and printing labels from a hand terminal, following is required:

  • The Seagull License Server service (to be installed once in a network)
  • SQL views as basis for the BarTender layouts
  • BarTender label layouts
  • The BarTender solution installed on a PC or server in the network:
    • BarTender
    • BarTender Commander or BarTender Integrations as event server
  • For more detailed requirements related to BarTender, please see this document

A BarTender trial version can be downloaded from Seagull Scientific, but using a trial version of BarTender for integration with E-WMS is not supported (though it may work). For SSCC label printing from a hand terminal, it is only required to have the BarTender solution installed on a PC or server in the network reachable from the E-WMS IIS server. Because E-WMS ASP creates temporary files as trigger for BarTender Commander to print labels, installation of BarTender on the E-WMS ASP IIS server will be the most practical solution.

BarTender labels
You can configure three different labels for Generated SSCC, but none of these are mandatory to use:

  • a shipment label
  • an outer SSCC label ('pallet')
  • an inner SSCC label ('inner')

Designing these labels (the bar codes and texts) is not part of this documentation, but sample labels and SQL views are provided in this document. You can use these sample views and labels to get started.  If you are using these labels in a network environment, you may have to save the labels in a shared folder. Following sample lay-outs are provided for generated SSCC: eWMSHTShipment, eWMSHTPallet, eWMSHTBox. These sample labels assume that an item 'GTIN' or 'EAN13' code is stored in the 'WMS scan code' field in item maintenance. If that is not the case, you have to adjust the label or the view.

SQL views
The label layouts are based on SQL views, or on embedded text data (also based on the same SQL views). Some field names in these views are mandatory, besides that, you are free to add any fields you need. To access these views from the BarTender labels, you can configure a dedicated SQL user. That way, you do not need to grant rights to each user printing these labels. Following sample SQL views are provided: eWMSHTShipment.sql, eWMSHTPallet.sql, eWMSHTBox.sql. If you are printing item GTIN or EAN13 bar codes, you may need to adjust the views to your own company data to retrieve those item codes. The GTIN/EAN13 code is by default retrieved from the item's 'WMS scan code' in item maintenance. Create these 3 views in your Exact Globe Next database.

Setting up labels in WMS
The created BarTender labels need to be linked in Exact Globe Next menu System, E-WMS, Labels. Maintenance of E-WMS labels is described in this document.

For generated SSCC, you need to use one or more of these 'applications':

  • SSCC Hand terminal: shipment
  • SSCC Hand terminal: pallet
  • SSCC Hand terminal: box

It is possible to configure multiple label lay-outs (each also based on a different SQL view) for the same 'application', these will all be printed subsequently. You can determine in the view to print which label under which circumstances. When a SQL view selection does not return any records, no label will be printed.

Usage during order picking

When starting order picking or order packing and when generated SSCC is enabled, you will see additional fields 'outer' and 'inner' in your scanning screen (screen 1). It is advisable to use the WMSclient 'detailed screen layout' when using SSCC.

First generate and 'activate' the pallet- and/or box SSCC number for which you need a label. For this, press the OPTIONS button (screen 2) before picking an item.

screen 1 screen 2 screen 3 screen 4

In the options menu, press the SSCC button (screen 3), after which the SSCC generation screen (screen 4) appears. Following information is shown in the SSCC generation screen: shipment number, delivery debtor nr, active outer SSCC number, active inner SSCC number, active printer (currently: always empty).

Press button SSCC to generate both a new outer SSCC number and a new inner SSCC number (screen 5), and to print the outer and inners labels automatically.
This printing is done automatically and immediate (and without notice to the hand terminal user) after pressing the SSCC (or Inner) button by the E-WMS IIS server.
Please refer to this document for more details on the printing system, and troubleshooting label printing.

Normally you would now be done for the first item to pick, and you can press the STOP button to return to the scan screen.
The scanning screen now shows the active outer and inner SSCC number (screen 6). These number will stay active for any next items picked for this order, until you generate new numbers.

While you are picking, you can generate new box numbers for the same pallet, by pressing the button Inner through OPTIONS, SSCC.
This will only generate a new 'Inner' SSCC number and print linked label layouts.
Please note that the new SSCC number must be generated before entering the picked quantity for that SSCC number.

screen 5 screen 6 screen 7 screen 8

Pick quantity to fit box and picking less
If you have to pick 34 pieces like in this sample, but only 10 pieces would fit in one box, then you will have to change the picked quantity each time yourself, to the quantity you are putting in one (inner) SSCC. For that reason, you will not be notified with the message "Picked less - do you want to close the line?" when picking less and SSCC is enabled. If you actually are picking less, then press the STOP button and choose 'Advice line is done'.

Print extra copies of labels
If you generated new numbers but for some reason nothing was printed, or the labels were damaged, you can just generate new SSCC numbers. The SSCC sequence numbers will just be increased. It is also possible to print extra copies of the currently active SSCC numbers. Press the OPTIONS menu button, press SSCC, and press OPTIONS again within the Generated SSCC screen (screen 7). This will show the menu options for reprinting (screen 8).

Shipment label
The shipment label (if configured any) is not automatically printed with the outer and inner labels. To print a shipment label, use the procedure 'Print extra copies of label' (just above) and use button 'Print shipment' from the generated SSCC OPTIONS menu (screen 8).

Usage after order picking

SSCC in Control Center
After reading back the picked sales order, you can view the SSCC numbers per fulfilment in the Control Center, in status 'Picked' or 'Validated'.

To change the items in each SSCC after reading back, you can use the Shipment Builder functionality. Shipment Builder for E-WMS Autopack is described in this document.


After processing these fulfilment lines, the SSCC numbers are stored in E-WMS tables linked to Exact Globe Next order history.
Exact E-EDI Delivery Note (SE5332) will include the outer SSCC numbers in the delivery note EDI message.

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