Streamline Your Company's Production Rates with ATP Using SAP PP

  • by Gaetano Altavilla, Senior SAP Practice Manager
  • December 29, 2017
Learn about the processes involved in production using Available-to-Promise (ATP) functionality. Read about the master data to be maintained in the system along with the main customizing settings available for this solution.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article you will learn:

  • How to manage the Available-to-Promise (ATP) process in production and outbound delivery processing with options available in SAP ERP
  • How to manage production based on ATP checks dictated by the company business processes and strategies using standard options
  • How to replicate the complete production cycle using ATP options
  • The integration aspects with other major SAP logistics modules
  • How to prepare master data for a product
Key Concept
In SAP Production Planning (PP) the Available-to-Promise (ATP) check is carried out for the components of the main material.

SAP Production Planning (PP) provides organizations with options on how to manage Availabity to Promise (ATP). You can manage production based on ATP checks dictated by your organization’s business processes and strategies using standard options available in PP.

You can use two sets of logic to complete an ATP check for components of your main material:

  • Partial confirmation logic
  • Full confirmation logic

Based on my experience, I provide solutions already implemented in production environments for PP and integrated modules in SAP ERP Central Component (ECC 6.0) enhancement package 8. However, the processes I describe also apply to previous versions.

By using the partial confirmation logic partial quantities can be confirmed in an availability check, leading to a situation in which the component with the lowest degree of availability determines the confirmed quantity for all the components. The full confirmation logic leads to the confirmation of the total available quantity for all components.

Table 1 is an example of ATP logic using partial and full confirmation.

Gaetano Altavilla

Dr. Gaetano Altavilla is a senior SAP practice manager. His focus is on pre-sales, delivery of SAP application solutions for large international corporations, and SAP knowledge management in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).

In his 18 years of SAP application experience working for many multinational companies, such as Procter & Gamble and Hewlett-Packard, he has covered a wide range of ERP logistic areas, focusing on the MM, WM, SD, LES, PP, PP-PI, PLM (QM, PM, PS) modules, as welll as CRM (TFM), SRM (EBP), SCM (SAP APO), and MES (ME) components.

Dr. Altavilla holds a degree with first-class honors in mathematics from the University of Naples and is certified in many SAP modules: SAP Logistics Bootcamp, SAP MM, SD, LE (SHP/WM/LE), PP, PLM (PM, QM, PS), SRM, CRM, SCM (APO), SCM (TM), FI, CO, and Solution Manager. He also has experience in ABAP/4 and application link enabling (ALE) and IDocs. He has participated in numerous industry conferences, such as the SAP Skills Conference in Walldorf at SAP SE.

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