Customize SNP Interactive Planning to Better Display Critical Conditions
- by Wolfgang Eddigehausen
- January 1, 2005
You can modify the standard Supply Network Planning (SNP) interactive planning page to better support end users. Here’s how to improve the way that data is displayed so that users can quickly identify critical conditions.
The interactive planning table in SNP is the primary interface planners use to monitor their supply chains. It displays mission-critical information such as inventory levels, manufacturing and transportation schedules, and much more.
In my previous article, I offered seven tips to enhance the look and functionality of the SNP interactive planning table to better meet your individual needs. These tips focused on Customization with data view 1, which provides planners with data per product. You can also modify the SNP interactive planning table when displaying data view 2, which provides capacity load information per resource, by modifying a standard delivered macro.
I'll show how to change the macro so that you can present information in a manner that lets users quickly spot critical planning conditions such as capacity overloads and under loads. I'll also provide you with background information about the data available from data view 2 so you'll understand how it is used, as well as how capacity values are defined and maintained.
Planning in SNP vs. PP/DS
Data view 2 displays the available so-called bucket capacity of resources such as production, transportation, storage, and handling, and their load conditions. SNP-based planning allows planners to use "buckets" of resources, which is different than the time- continuous capacity metric used in the Production Planning and Detailed Scheduling (PP/DS) module.
When planning with buckets, the total required capacity over a certain period (e.g., a day) is compared to the total available capacity for that same period. The period is referred to as the bucket and the available resource "volume" is the bucket capacity. Any plan is feasible if the available capacity is greater than the capacity requirement, even if some capacity requirements overlap within a bucket.
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