Do you use SAP for Short Term Planning & Scheduling? Essential reading for your future Roadmap – Part 2

Posted by Chris Curtis on 01-Jul-2020 14:20:44

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A lot of companies have already taken the time to understand the power that S/4HANA can bring to their business, leveraging its in-memory capabilities and enhanced user experience provided by SAP Fiori, to name only a few of its facets. It is widely acknowledged from companies across all industries that this could be the next logical step to take in the ERP world if they have not already done so, but the main challenges that constantly arise in relation to this are “When?” and “How?”

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Topics: PP/DS

Do you use SAP for Short Term Planning & Scheduling? Essential reading for your future Roadmap – Part 1

Posted by Chris Curtis on 27-Jun-2020 13:55:14

(2-3 min read)

As a business, you have probably already started considering a move to S/4HANA, that is if you have not transitioned already. At this point a series of questions arise…

  • This is expensive! It is a major decision! What is the payback?
  • Is S/4HANA the way to go? What are the available options for me in scheduling? Does it provide the right short-term planning and scheduling functionality for my business?
  • Would it be a whole new project to embark on?
  • Is now the right time to commit?
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Topics: PP/DS

Using SAP's APO PP/DS Optimiser as an effective sequencing tool

Posted by Chris Curtis on 27-Nov-2018 17:15:35

For many manufacturing organisations, Detailed Scheduling is mainly driven by the need to perform manufacturing by following a specific preferred sequence whilst generating an achievable finite plan. It is quite normal for companies to use Detailed Scheduling heuristics for this function, but there are scenarios where this does not quite fit the bill.

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Topics: SCM Optimisation, PP/DS, Scheduling, SAP IBP

SAP APO - Managing large setup matrices in a complex manufacturing environment

Posted by Satish Satyamurthy on 12-Sep-2017 13:40:27

When scheduling production order sequences in a manufacturing process, there are times when capacity losses are incurred when transitioning between orders. This can be due to changes in materials, cleaning between production, tooling changes etc. This loss in capacity can be referred to as ‘Change Over’ or ‘Setup’.

By reducing changeover times, you can increase the efficiency of the manufacturing asset and the productive manufacturing time.

A common way to represent change over losses is via a ‘Setup Matrix’. Here the transitions between different characteristics of the products being manufactured are represented.

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Topics: SAP APO, SCM Optimisation, PP/DS, setup matrices, matrix

SAP APO - Planning and Scheduling using Resource Networks

Posted by Raghava Itharaj on 06-Sep-2017 20:30:30

A high-level insight on Resource Networks was provided in one of our earlier blogs entitled “Semi-Finished Goods Scheduling within SAP APO”. In this blog, I intend to provide a more detailed insight on how Resource Networks can be utilised in both SAP APO Planning and Scheduling scenarios.

A Resource Network is best described by the physical connection between Resources of different production lines. It models the flow of materials through these lines from one Resource to another. Some scenarios include:

  • Scheduling across the allowable connections between packaging lines and semi-finished goods lines
  • Recognising the prioritisation across multiple semi-finished goods lines feeding into a packaging line
  • Providing flexibility to switch between alternative input resources in the case of capacity constraints
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Topics: SAP APO, SCM Optimisation, PP/DS, supply network planning, resource networks

Semi-Finished Goods Scheduling within SAP APO

Posted by Chandra Shaktawat on 07-Dec-2016 13:59:56

Short-term production scheduling is a key business process that ensures efficient use of scarce manufacturing resources, alignment of raw materials and flexibility when tackling manufacturing challenges. Whilst scheduling of Finished Goods (FG) is common place in SAP Advanced Planning & Optimisation (APO) Production Planning/Detailed Scheduling (PP/DS) implementations, an area often overlooked is the scheduling of Intermediates or Semi-Finished Goods (SFG) production.

Quite often this is a manual process, or is controlled by spreadsheets and/or third party/non-SAP systems which makes it challenging to manage the alignment between the SFG and FG schedule.

This blog is intended to highlight the main challenges and importance of the SFG scheduling process and present an overview of the capability within APO PP/DS that can be used to deal with these challenges.

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Topics: SAP APO, PP/DS, Scheduling