Exact graphical depiction of goods movements

The integration of material flow control with SAP MFS in an SAP environment has made additional tools indispensable for realistically testing automatic warehouse system processes in SAP EWM – whether within the scope of a project or during ongoing operations.

At ioDigitalSolutions, we use Emulate3D to precisely map an existing warehouse environment, set up the interface to the secondary controls, and help our clients' key users to operate and adapt emulations, also during operations if necessary.

The underlying technology is the simulation software Emulate3D, which provides an exact reproduction of the specific plant and/or equipment and creates a virtual environment.

Emulation software enables realistic and economic testing and error handling of automatic warehouse processes and functions. A graphical user interface and a 3D representation of the plant/equipment provide ease of use, and the tests can be carried out either by an ioDigitalSolutions specialist or a qualified key user of the client. 

SAP EWM generates real transports based on storage or retrieval information, and transfers them to an emulation software via the telegram interface. This software divides the transports into individual stages and executes them in real time or faster, according to the situation at the real facility.  The physical movements of the transportation units and devices, such as conveyors, storage and retrieval (S/R) machines or shuttle vehicles, are all shown as animations, along with the status of the workstations. This provides a detailed depiction of the automatic warehouse environment, enables simple end-to-end function tests, and ensures that errors relating to the automatic system are identified and rectified quickly and easily in SAP EWM. New processes or later modifications can therefore be checked directly without having to do a “live run” on the real system.


Emulations can be used for the following:

  • Mapping automatic storage areas with all the defined reporting points
  • Inclusion of check points (contours, weight) and identification points (scanner) with error generation function (random values, parameters)
  • Integration of the respective MFS interface
  • Integration of material flow control logic related to routing, and management of congestion lines and buffers
  • Placing pallets and containers via input boxes
  • Mapping warehouse stock data
  • Graphical representation of the storage facility and transport movements in the respective storage areas
  • Simulation of specific error conditions
  • Automatic acknowledgement of transports and transport stages in individual and mass tests


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Peter Braun Business Development Warehousing Phone: +49 7152 92833210 peter.braun@io-digitalsolutions.com