Why 40-Year Old Barcoding is Gaining Popularity for Oil and Gas, MRO and Chemicals Companies with SAP® ERP

SAP ERP Barcode Innovations Ready for Refinery MRO Warehouses, Chemicals Production Operations and Finished Goods Tracking

Many know the story about barcodes being established in 1974 to automate the retail purchase of chewing gum. In 2020, over 40 years later, there is a rapid increase in inventory control optimization for Oil and Gas and Chemical companies with SAP software using barcode technology. Why now? From our perspective, the following are the leading reasons we’ve been given over the last 18 months: because newly positioned leadership and senior management have planned and completed mergers and/or acquisitions; because barcoding has simply been delayed “put on the back-burner” for decades; because SAP software upgrade roadmaps are in various phases of transitioning from legacy ERP software programs, or SAP ECC 6.0, to SAP S/4HANA; and/or, because “we are investing in inventory control and tracking optimization now in preparation for anticipated leaner times.”

These same influential and sometimes new managers, transitioning from prior experienced roles in Supply Chain Management, Logistics and SAP Enterprise Application positions, are communicating that RF scanning and barcode printing automation for SAP software is a quick-and-easy win to show tangible hard dollar cost savings from minimal optimization investment. Inventory processes have high visibility, are viewed by a large network of mid-level company personnel, and are currently being implemented in rapid or limited-duration timeframes, and with immediate ROI in most cases (from error reductions, reduction of production bottle-necks, and improved inventory visibility). Simply put: “…we know investing in barcoding for our SAP software system will have an impact, and our people have been asking for it for years. We’re overdue in implementing RF scanning and barcoding… the business case has been justified.” Here are the leading reasons given in 2019 for building the business case:

Oil and Gas, MRO and Chemical Production Daily Pain Points:

  • ▪ Lack of real-time accuracy and inventory visibility- simply not knowing where materials are located.
  • ▪ Number of daily errors in Production line assignment, returns to stock, and relabeling for identification of new batch materials.
  • ▪ Lack of immediate validation with SAP software during material movements (errors in receiving, put-away, moves, picking, packing, shipping, counting, etc.)
  • ▪ Amount of daily time wasted going back and forth of office rooms to update system, reconcile data in the SAP modules, manual printing of labels, and other significant time consumption activities.
  • ▪ Significant costs associated with expedited shipping of needed inventory between plants, storerooms, and from vendors due to inventory inconsistencies.

Common Barcode Symbologies Used for Oil and Gas, MRO and Chemicals Production

1D, aka Linear Barcodes, Ladder, and Picket Fence: UPC Barcodes, Code 128 Barcodes (including GTIN, GS1, etc.), Code 39 Barcodes, and Code 2 of 5 Barcodes.

2D, aka 2-Dimensional Barcodes: PDF417 Barcodes, QR Barcodes, and Data Matrix Barcodes

Mature, New and Dynamic Mobile Barcoding Options Ready to Run

For existing SAP ERP 6.0 and SAP S/4HANA users, there are multiple, SAP-certified, directly-integrated RF barcode scanning and barcode label printing options that are ideal to suit nearly any variation within Oil and Gas and Chemical industries. Leading most mobilization efforts are real-time systems with established connectivity options including:

  • ▪ SAP Console – Telnet; think speed, simplicity, and blends of older Zebra, Motorola, Symbol, Intermec, Honeywell, and LXE Windows and newer Android RF devices.
  • ▪ SAP ITSmobile – Web Browser; stability, ease-of-use, great user interface and touch-screen ready for Zebra RF Scanners- both traditional long-range scan guns and new phone-style/PDA devices.
  • ▪ UI5 Applications – think SAP Fiori and other SAP-certified rapid deployment UI5 platforms for Zebra RF devices such as mobile barcode scanners, rugged tablets, and vehicle-mounted terminals.
  • ▪ Store and Forward (aka online/offline) – versatile BCCD UI5 application platform designed and developed for real-time functionality, also supporting poor, limited, and no WLAN/Wi-Fi coverage and isolated locations.

In addition to the software considerations- Oil and Gas, and Chemical operations can’t afford production disruptions. There is a balance of safety and automation with certified mobile device technologies that is required by regulation standards, necessitating use of devices that meet Hazardous Location Classifications, such as OSHA Class 1 Division 2 (C1D2) and ATEX Zone 2 certifications. These globally certified rugged Zebra RF scanners, tablets, and vehicle terminals (as pictured and identified by the arrow pointing to the RED border around the screen) can stand up to the extreme elements found in tough Oil and Gas and Chemical production environments.

Implementations of mobilized SAP Inventory Management (IM) and Warehouse Management (WM) transactions for SAP ECC 6.0 and SAP S/4HANA are not limited to one location. BCCD’s recent mobile RF scanning and barcode label printing implementation locations within this industry include sites in: Houston Texas metro area (Houston, Freeport, Winnie, China, and more), New Orleans Louisiana area (NOLA, Hackberry, Plaquemine), Akron and Columbus Ohio areas, St. Louis Missouri, Chicago Illinois area, upstate New York, plus locations Europe [France, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Belgium, Italy, The UK and Spain].

Best practice standards are vital to create consistent and easy-to-use RF screens for mobile users, as well as to meet corporate requirements for standardization. BCCD designs each IM and WM transaction for mobile RF scanners (handheld barcode scanners, rugged tablets, vehicle terminals, and more) with minimal words and maximum simplicity, optimized specifically to make the mobile SAP RF scanning and barcode printing system extremely easy to use for the operator. BCCD’s TranASAP solution is developed for real-time, directly-integrated architecture, using the above SAP-certified software development platforms and connectivity tools.

Contact BCC Distribution to illustrate how RF scanning and barcode printing automation can optimize SAP ECC 6.0 and SAP S/4HANA Inventory Management, Warehouse Management, and Extended Warehouse Management specific to Oil and Gas Production, Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Storerooms/Parts Cribs, as well as Chemical manufacturing operations.


  • - Can SAP® Warehouse Management (WM) run on SAP S/4HANA®?

    Yes. SAP Warehouse Management (WM) can be implemented in S/4 HANA, on-premise installation. SAP WM is still part of SAP S/4HANA, and made available via a Compatibility Package (CP). SAP provides a limited use right to run certain classic SAP ERP solutions on the S/4HANA installation through the Compatibility Packages, assuming the customer has already […]

    Read more
  • - SAP Software Knowledge Base – Radio Frequency Framework

    Highlights of SAP S/4HANA® Extended Warehouse Management (EWM) Radio Frequency (RF) Framework By providing an RF framework, greater efficiency and fast error-free data communication can be attained in the warehouse, through the use of mobile RF devices, such as Zebra mobile RF scanners, handhelds, rugged tablets, vehicle-mounted terminals, wearables, and more. The RF framework satisfies […]

    Read more
  • - SAP Software Knowledge Base – Can BarTender Integrate with SAP Software?

    YES. BarTender Software can be integrated with SAP ECC® and SAP S/4HANA® There are various ways that BarTender software can be integrated with SAP software. Contact BCC Distribution to learn more about our best-practice standards for barcode label printing integration with SAP ERP. Barcode Label Printing with SAP Auto-ID Infrastructure (SAP AII) On the SAP […]

    Read more
  • - SAP Software Knowledge Base – Optimized vs Standard SAP RF Transactions

    Optimized and Automated Mobile RF Transactions for SAP IM and WM vs. Standard “As-Is” SAP Warehouse Management RF Transactions As identified by SAP for Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), the work process in the warehouse is characterized by speed, reliability, and precision in processing individual goods movements.  To optimize manufacturing efficiently, inventory management and warehouse operations, […]

    Read more
  • - A Security Update for TranASAP customers with either Stand-alone BarTender software and/or BarTender software integrated with SAP ECC® or SAP S/4HANA® software.

    BCC Distribution, makers of TranASAP, recently learned of a new malware attack that targets a vulnerability in older releases of BarTender 2016 and certain updates from BarTender 2016 to BarTender 2019. Earlier this year Seagull Scientific issued fixes for this security issue. We urge you to update your software as soon as possible if they […]

    Read more
  • - SAP Software Knowledge Base – Mobile SAP RF Transaction for Production Order Receipt

    SAP Mobilized RF Transaction for Production Order Count and Receipt, Put Away, and Confirmation of Order – CO15, MIGO MT101, and LT11 With a SAP Production Order assigned to the Production Line, the purpose of this premium SAP RF combination transaction is to both mobilize and automate the SAP Production Order Count, Finished Goods Inventory […]

    Read more
  • - SAP Software Knowledge Base –SAP RF Inventory and Cycle Counting

    SAP Mobilized RF Transactions for Inventory Counts in SAP Inventory Management (IM) and Warehouse Management (WM) The purpose of these mobilized and automated SAP RF transactions is to perform regularly scheduled, ad hoc (or on-demand), and/or system guided counts of physically on-hand inventory. Examples being Cycle Counts (blind) of full or partial amounts of inventory, […]

    Read more
  • - SAP Software Knowledge Base – 2D Barcode Printing and Scanning with SAP ERP Software

    1D [Linear] and 2D [Two Dimensional] Barcode Scanning and Barcode Printing Questions for use with SAP ECC® and S/4HANA®, plus General Barcoding FAQ. SupportLine Case: Can my existing Zebra printers support 2D barcode pallet label printing? And, how can I enable 2D barcode scanning with my mobile device using SAP Fiori mobile inventory transactions? QUESTION: […]

    Read more
  • - SAP Software Knowledge Base – IM Batch Picking for Delivery

    SAP Mobile RF Transaction for Picking for Delivery with Batch Tracking in SAP Inventory Management (IM) The purpose of this mobilized and automated SAP RF transaction is to Pick Inventory Materials, with Batch Management, for Outbound Delivery. The SAP RF transaction (t-code) may be MB1B or MIGO with a Movement Type of 303, 313, or […]

    Read more
  • - Mobile SAP RF Transaction for WM Bin to Bin Inventory Move

    SAP Mobile RF Transaction for Storage Bin Location to Storage Bin Location (Bin-to-Bin) Inventory Movements in SAP Warehouse Management (WM) – LT01 Movement 999 The purpose of this mobilized and automated SAP RF transaction is to move Inventory Materials (such as unrestricted stock) from one Storage Bin location another Storage Bin location.  The SAP RF […]

    Read more
  • - Mobile SAP RF Transaction for Goods Receipt

    SAP Mobile RF Transaction for Good Receipt from Purchase Order or Inbound Delivery – MIGO 101 and VL32N The purpose of this mobilized and automated SAP RF transaction is to receive Materials on a Purchase Order, Scheduling Agreement, or Inbound Delivery.  Commonly received Materials will be (1) Raw Materials, Supplies and/or Consumables typically received on […]

    Read more
  • - SAP App Center

    View our listing in the SAP App Center here

    Read more
  • - SAPPHIRENOW – May 12-14 2020 in Orlando FL
    Read more
  • - RF Scanning & Barcode Printing Innovation for SAP ERP 6.0 Users

    SAP announced that it will provide mainstream maintenance for core applications of SAP Business Suite 7 software (SAP ERP 6.0 and SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA) until the end of 2027, followed by optional extended maintenance until the end of 2030. …and for SAP S/4HANA, until the end of 2040.

    Read more
See all news