SAP Production Planning

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by Gaetano Altavilla, Senior SAP Practice Manager April 2, 2014
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Gaetano Altavilla explains how to leverage Kanban to expedite production processes.

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by Janev K. Veettil, Specialist Master, Deloitte Consulting, LLP | Mohan Thiruvadi, Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting, LLP January 8, 2014
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Janev Veettil and Mohan Thiruvadi of Deloitte Consulting LLP explain how to reduce lead time for product prototypes by creating forecasts for only the needed components, without production orders.

Procuring components without building assembly production orders is a common requirement for creating product prototypes. You can meet this demand by creating a forecast for the assembly material and running material requirements planning (MRP). Discover the material master settings to use and walk through a test procedure for verifying the functionality.


In a normal industry scenario for established products, building subassemblies to stock to meet the expected demands of a final product is a norm to reduce the lead time of production. However, in many engineering design scenarios, procuring components in advance is required without building subassemblies and final assemblies. This is because the subassemblies can be built only after a design is finalized. This is applicable for almost any industry that uses engineering builds. A good example is semiconductor motherboards for which assemblies cannot be built until the design configuration is complete, but components need to be procured in advance.


One key area that drives value in the semiconductor domain is the “Design Win” process, which requires coordination with channel partners to manage leads, campaigns, and market design, and to share revenue. Another important task is to enlist contract manufacturers and component suppliers to bring economy of scale to reduce the cost of manufacturing. This requires an extensive collaboration between the upstream and downstream channels of information, inventory availability, and sales data.


A key competitive advantage for this process depends on how fast a prototype can be built for customers. Creation of the prototype, also known as engineering builds, calls for building the prototype as soon as the design is complete. This build is critical for design wins.


Planning without assembly, without make to order is a strategy that is used to procure components on the basis of planned independent requirements and to initiate production of the finished product based only on actual sales orders. This planning strategy ensures that you can react quickly to customer requirements even if the finished product has a long overall lead time. You can avoid the main value-added process until you have a customer order.

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by Jawad Akhtar, Head of SAP Delivery, AbacusConsulting December 20, 2013
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This handy table describes the steps involved in converting an ECR to an ECO and describes their links to each other.


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by Jawad Akhtar, Head of SAP Delivery, AbacusConsulting December 20, 2013
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Jawad Akhtar explains how to integrate Engineering Change Management with the production planning module and better use the reporting features available in SAP ERP Central Component.


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by Jawad Akhtar, Head of SAP Delivery, AbacusConsulting December 9, 2013
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Jawad Akhtar explains how to use SAP ERP for materials and production forecasting and how to review past consumption patterns in the material master.


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by Rajesh Ray, Senior Managing Consultant and SCM Product Lead, IBM Global Business Services December 6, 2013
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This handy table can help you determine which demand management solution is best for you.


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by Rajesh Ray, Senior Managing Consultant and SCM Product Lead, IBM Global Business Services November 13, 2013
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Rajesh Ray describes SAP demand planning solutions, including the HANA-based DSiM.


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Suhail Jaffari of JCG, Inc., describes the characteristics of each manufacturing type in an SAP system and explains how to select the appropriate manufacturing type to integrate your SAP system with your shop floor system.


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Get an end-to-end approach to manage product transitions in a typical fast-changing product line-up, leveraging SAP APO. Learn some easy custom enhancements that enable seamless transition planning across SAP ERP and SAP APO. Get tips to update lot size and safety stock settings automatically so that just enough product gets made and used to meet the forecasted demand.

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by Rajesh Ray, Senior Managing Consultant and SCM Product Lead, IBM Global Business Services | Sangeeth K. Parvatam, Senior Consultant, IBM Global Business Services June 22, 2012
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- Learn a 15-step methodology for executing forecasting projects in SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization. Get best practices for implementing these methods in practice.

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by Jawad Akhtar, Head of SAP Delivery, AbacusConsulting February 24, 2012
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Learn to configure and implement SAP Quality Management (QM) in SAP production planning (PP) production processes. You can use QM for inspection during production, in-process inspection, and inspection of semi-finished and finished goods on a goods receipt against a production order (discrete manufacturing) or process order (process industry).

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by Jawad Akhtar, Head of SAP Delivery, AbacusConsulting February 24, 2012
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Understand the difference between a co-product and a by-product in production processes. Walk through both options and see the pros and cons of each.

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by Jawad Akhtar, Head of SAP Delivery, AbacusConsulting December 14, 2011
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Learn how to configure and implement shift reports in your SAP system for resources, work centers, and equipment and functional locations. Review common shift report functionality, such as using digital signatures to validate and authenticate the content of shift reports, sending shift reports by email to all stakeholders, printing them out, and performing TREX-based keyword searches.


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by Jawad Akhtar, Head of SAP Delivery, AbacusConsulting December 14, 2011
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Learn how to configure and implement SAP’s shift note functionality with the installation of SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC) 6.0 enhancement package 3 or above. Find out how to use shift notes in the production planning (PP) and plant maintenance (PM) modules to record important details related to any specific shift, such as those pertaining to a defective production batch, a problem in the equipment, a labor issue, or simply a few notes on the routine activities performed during a shift.


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by Jawad Akhtar, Head of SAP Delivery, AbacusConsulting November 10, 2011
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Understand the basics of the process management functionality in Production Planning for Process Industries (PP-PI). Learn how to set up process management in your SAP system and follow examples that show the benefits of its many features.


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by Jawad Akhtar, Head of SAP Delivery, AbacusConsulting September 30, 2011
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SAP Long-Term Planning (LTP) functionality is used to simulate various business scenarios to help in production and procurement planning using existing master data and other information. Understand the end-to-end process of running LTP and evaluating the results.


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by Rajesh Ray, Senior Managing Consultant and SCM Product Lead, IBM Global Business Services May 23, 2011
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Numerous SAP Advanced Planning & Optimization users face difficulty in maintaining the application post go-live as a few things were not done right during the implementation. While meeting business requirements is crucial for the implementation team doing the process and system design, it’s equally important to keep long-term supportability in mind. Here are five supportability tips to use when you are designing the system.

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by Parijat Chakraborty, Director, Falcon Prime, Inc. February 18, 2011
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You can use the Production Planning and Detailed Scheduling (PP/DS) optimizer in SAP Advanced Planning & Optimization for finite scheduling of production resources to avoid capacity overload and at the same time optimize the production sequence. Finite scheduling means there is no capacity overload and optimized sequence means there is minimal difficulty to changeover with respect to the due date. You can design the setup matrix — the prerequisite master data for PP/DS optimization — with a step-by-step approach by analyzing the product mix with a hierarchy. With that analysis, it is easier to translate scheduling rules into parameters the system understands with minimum ongoing master data maintenance.


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by Amir Ashfaq Hussain, Technology Lead, Infosys Technologies Limited | Srivijaya Veeramachaneni, Lead Consultant, Infosys Technologies Limited February 4, 2011
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Capturing the predefined execution time of a process order is a well-known and straightforward procedure in the Production Planning for Process Industries module of the SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC) system. However, capturing the dynamic execution time of phases of a process order requires you to follow a special configuration procedure in SAP ECC. By using this configuration, you obtain greater predictability in process order scheduling and face less uncertainty about how variable factors affect the preparation of an ingredient.


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by M Nabeel Sharf, Senior SAP Supply Chain Consultant, Sharf Consulting (UK) Ltd. November 9, 2010
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The availability of required parts becomes more critical as you get closer to starting your production run. Learn three steps to easily update your SAP ERP system with the latest availability of parts required for production, identify missing components, check expected receipts, and expedite procurement.

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