Detailed production planning with SAP SCM
Are your production planning activities being complicated by untransparent and unrealistic illustrations of manufacturing operations and the capacity situation in your ERP system? Create and maintain a feasible production plan with very little effort using SAP Detailed production planning. Optimize resource utilization and simultaneously view inventory, capacity, setup times and scheduling over multiple levels.
SAP enables detailed planning in two ways:
In conjunction with R/3 based on SAP APO, Detailed production planning is made available using the PP/DS(Production Planning and Detailed Scheduling) module (SAP APO PPDS). SAP APO (Advanced Planning & Optimization), SAP IBP’s predecessor, has the following three modules in addition to Detailed production planning (SAP APO PP/DS): Demand Planning (SAP APO DP), Global Available to Promise (SAP APO GATP) and Transport Planning / Vehicle Scheduling (SAP APO TP/VS).
The range of production planning functions mentioned above is included as “Advanced Planning” in the SAP S/4HANA system. The exact product name is: SAP S/4HANA Manufacturing for Planning and Scheduling, more commonly known as ePP/DS.
In both situations, detailed planning is bidirectionally interconnected with the rest of the ERP functions and data in real time, turning automated, feasible and backlog-free detailed production planning into a reality. To complete the solution space for simpler requirements and for the likes of single-stage production processes, ORBIS also offers a flexibly adaptable and affordable solution in the form of the ORBIS planning tool add-on that can be seamlessly integrated into SAP ECC (SAP ERP Central Component) or SAP S/4HANA.
As the figure below shows, SAP IBP allows you to optimally integrate your company’s sales planning and sales and operations planning, not to mention advanced forecasting methods in the context of demand planning. The result gives you a complete overview of the integrated planning of the different areas, and is the starting point for efficient production and detailed planning in your company.
Planners in your company can benefit from numerous functionalities due to the integration of SAP Detailed production planning. Reliable and correct data forms the foundation for exactly that. Since availabilities (quantities) and resources (personnel, machines, etc.) are shown in an integrated view, you receive efficient support with capacity planning, for example. Monitor and measure your entire supply chain with SAP IBP Supply Chain Control Tower.
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The advantages of production planning in manufacturing
Reduced inventory costs in your Production department
Convert your customer and planned independent requirements into a single feasible production plan that’s consistent over multiple levels. By looking at capacities and material availabilities together, you can quickly adapt your plans to changing situations, at the same time as ensuring feasibility and appropriate resources. So Advanced Planning covers the two key tasks involved in detailed production planning: creating feasible production plans with a short-term horizon, and maintaining topicality and feasibility by means of automated change planning. What’s more, a plan that’s consistent over multiple levels and has no fixed collective orders is feasible due to operations and orders being dynamically linked at all MRP levels. Technical production restrictions and production resources can also be mapped and taken into account in planning.
Increasing on-time delivery
Production is often limited by numerous restrictions, making delivering on time to customers a challenge for companies. The SAP system offers you the function to plan and optimize the allocation of resources and order dates in Production in detail. Delays can be minimized, and prioritized orders can be created. Use this to improve accountability and on-time delivery to your customers.
Easy systems integration with ORBIS
SAP Detailed production planning therefore provides you with a consistent plan that’s always up to date and requires little time and effort in day-to-day business. Are you working on an SAP ECC system in your company at present, will you be switching to SAP S/4HANA soon, or are you already using SAP S/4HANA? The PP/DS module is fully integrated in S/4HANA and does not require any additional installations. Existing SAP ERP systems can be extended to include PP/DS as an add-on. Both our employees and our consultants have the right implementation method to suit every phase and starting situation. Introducing the new system will permit you to plan your logistics operations efficiently. Requirements and resources are taken into complete consideration.
Rely on ORBIS as your partner and benefit from relevant functions for your company by using the right strategy and tools! ORBIS supports you with project consulting, implementation and execution, not to mention optimization. Your requirements are implemented quickly and – following an agile project methodology – efficiently. Once implementation is complete, we will continue to support you by drawing on our many years of expertise and our consultants, and will help you and your employees to build on your knowledge further with webinars, webcasts and workshops.
Get to know us – our SCM consultants will show you the way to perfect detailed production planning for your supply chain. Plan your processes more efficiently in future!