3 Quick SAP Production Planning Tips

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Fabian Bentz

43Dive into 3 quick tips from First Steps in SAP® Production Processes (PP) by Björn Weber.

Forwards/Backwards Scheduling
The decision as to whether to schedule forwards or backwards depends on the MRP procedure used. If you use planning-driven or requirements-driven materials planning, you will calculate backwards from the requirement. In contrast, if you use reorder point materials planning, when you create the order you calculate forwards from the date of creation.

Retrospective Withdrawal
In a retrospective withdrawal, the posting of the material is connected to the confirmation
of the operation. When you confirm an operation to which materials are assigned in
the component assignment, and these materials are identified as “withdraw retrospectively”, a material withdrawal for the quantity in the confirmation quantity that you entered is executed.
Partial Confirmations
You do not always have to confirm the entire operation with the complete number of units. You can also execute a partial confirmation of quantity and activity at the end of a shift or working day. This documents the current degree of processing and is traceable for
other SAP users.

Keep reading in First Steps in the SAP Production Processes (PP) by Björn Weber.

For manufacturing companies, effective and efficient production planning processes are crucial to success. In this book, you will learn the basics of production planning in SAP ERP. Review the details surrounding Material Requirements Planning (MRP II) and the principles of Engineer-to-Order, Make-to-Order, Assemble-to-Order, and Make-to-Stock scenarios. The book is illustrated with numerous SAP screenshots and provides a detailed example of an effective make-to-stock strategy. Identify which master data is involved in the planning processes and how it is structured. Trace material requirements planning and its process flow using detailed examples from the field. Gain an understanding of the importance of production orders for lot-related production and which functions they perform. Finally, learn how to implement capacity sequencing using capacity leveling in SAP ERP.

– Compact handbook for discrete production in SAP
– Processes in SAP PP explained clearly and understandably
– Comprehensive example with numerous screenshots
– Master data, resource planning and production orders in context

10Author Björn Weber is a production planner at RÖHM GmbH, the leading global chucking tool manufacturer. He is responsible for planning organization and control, process development, and continuous optimization of production activities. As a graduate mechanical engineer, Björn has sound theoretical and practical knowledge of the PP module, in addition to related MM, SD, and APO modules. He has expert knowledge of process analysis, capacity requirements planning and capacity evaluation, user training, and lean and change management. As an author, it is particularly important to Björn to present PP fundamentals in a practical manner and to empower readers to understand and investigate the power of SAP PP functionality.