What to Consider When Integrating PP-PI in APO SNP and PP/DS

  • by Jan Lorenzen, Senior Consultant, Implement A/S
  • November 15, 2007
Watch out for surprises when you integrate Production Planning for Process Industries with Advanced Planning and Optimization. Learn how to best set up recipes and capacity consumption in this environment to avoid errors.
Key Concept
Production Planning for Process Industries (PP- PI) is a planning tool in R/3 and SAP ERP Central Component used in batch-oriented process manufacturing. Just as its counterpart Production Planning (PP) is often used in discrete industries, you can integrate PP-PI into SCM to enhance your planning capabilities.
In R/3 and SAP ERP Central Component (ECC), the complexity and restrictions of integrating Production Planning for Process Industries (PP-PI) with Advanced Planning and Optimization (APO) often come as a shock. For example, a recipe that is perfectly valid in ECC could fail during transfer to APO without any obvious reason. The release restrictions in SAP Notes 713429 (SCM 4.1) and 832393 (SCM 5.0) summarize some of the challenges with this integration.

However, the release restrictions don’t tell you everything you need to know. I’ll describe some of the common problems that arise when PP-PI is integrated with APO in the Supply Network Planning (SNP) and Production Planning and Detailed Scheduling (PP/DS) areas. This document is not a step-by-step guide for a complete solution — you need some basic knowledge about PP-PI and APO. Nevertheless, I will provide cautions for designing your solution, which cover these topics:

  • Observations about resources 

  • Common rules for recipes 

  • Relationships in recipes and SNP — limitations and solutions 

  • Capacity consumption in SNP within a PP/DS scenario

Jan Lorenzen

Jan Lorenzen works as a senior consultant at Implement A/S. A six-time Danish Management Consulting Award winner, Implement A/S aims to set standards for implementation and value creation in cooperation with their customers. Jan has a master’s degree in industrial management.

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