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How to generate unique container serial numbers using MailStream Plus

Products Affected:  MailStream Plus

Product Feature: Container Serial numbers

Operating System: All Platforms


 
MailStream Plus will generate serial numbers for containers/pallets when using the IMBCNT and IMBPLT parameters for a given Mailer ID.  IMBCNT is for trays and sacks.  IMBPLT is for pallets.  This example is using a 6-digit Mailer ID:
*---+----1----+----2----+----3----+----4----+----5----+----6----+----7----+----8
IMBCNT 123456    6
IMBPLT 123456    6
 
If you need to rerun a job and pick a serial number to start from, place that number in position 20 – 27 of the IMBCNT or position 20 – 31 of the IMBPLT. 
*---+----1----+----2----+----3----+----4----+----5----+----6----+----7----+----8
IMBCNT 123456    6 00000001
IMBPLT 123456    6 000000000001
 
Also in the msrpxlg (z/OS) or jobname.xlg (Windows, UNIX and Linux) or prntxlg (IBMi) the next available serial number to use will be placed in the execution log to help keep track of these values:
 
MSMS00     I Next IMBCNT serial available for use: 469
MSMS00     I Next IMBPLT serial available for use: 21
 
 
** Note: If you place an N in position 29 of the IMBCNT or position 33 of the IMBPLT , MailStream Plus will use that serial number for the specific mailer id and then will not save it, so the last number used for that Mailer ID will continue.  Please remember to remove this N once that job has been run or this will affect subsequent mailings with duplicate serial numbers.
 
 
 
UPDATED:  April 12, 2017