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