Tips for Mapping Physical Production Operations to the Optimal Manufacturing Type in SAP ECC

  • by Suhail Jaffari, President, JCG Inc.
  • October 22, 2013
The requirement to integrate your SAP system with a shop floor system can have a profound impact on which manufacturing type you adopt. Learn the characteristics of each manufacturing type in an SAP system and the master data and transactional steps required to implement each in SAP ERP Central Component (ECC). View a decision framework that outlines business requirements and associated system constraints to enable the adoption of the optimal manufacturing method in ECC.
Key Concept
Different SAP manufacturing types have different master data and transactional overheads. In addition, some can integrate with shop floor control systems and some can’t. Companies often implement the same manufacturing type as the physical process on the shop floor, which can result in unnecessary master data and transaction overhead.

SAP offers three manufacturing methods — discrete, repetitive and process — that can be implemented in SAP ERP Central Component (ECC). Each manufacturing approach has its pros and cons. When deciding which manufacturing method to implement, consider the transactional and master data overhead versus the benefit of using the manufacturing method.

Suhail Jaffari

Suhail Jaffari has been involved in SAP consulting and Supply Chain Re-Engineering projects since 1993. Working as a platinum-level consultant, Suhail has and continues to engage with clients worldwide, helping them to realize innovative SAP solutions to support complex supply chain operations.

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