Following the first post about SAP AFS, in this one we are going to go on with an overview of this Industry Solution (mainly in the PP functionality).
BILLS OF MATERIALS
In SAP AFS it is possible to define two different types of BOMs:
- Standard BOMs -> They can include Pre-packs
In some occasions it is required to sell different products together, so they can be grouped through the Assortments.
But the most important new functionalities in PP can be used in Standard BOMs:
- For AFS Materials we can define how Component Dimensions are going to be distributed from the Manufactured AFS Material (it is not possible to define this for standard Materials, which also can be part of these BOMs).
- On the other hand, it is possible to define if some components are going to be part of a manufactured Material based in the Category for which we are producing.
For instance, for some lower quality levels, it might be possible to use fewer Materials in order to reduce the cost.
It is also possible in Routings to define that some Operations won’t be performed for some Categories or Quality Levels.
PLANNED INDEPENDENT REQUIREMENTS
The main novelty in Planned Independent Requirements (also in Sales Orders) is that it will be possible to select which Category is needed for each of one.
With the Coverage Strategy the system will know to which Stock Category match each of them. So it will allow to manage different Quality Levels or Country of Origins without the need of creating unnecessary extra Material records.
MATERIALS REQUIREMENTS PLANNING
The MRP will be always run at SKU Level.
It will take into account:
- Grid Values
- Categories (based in Coverage Strategy)
Not all MRP parameters, however, will be defined at SKU level. Being possible to define some of them for all the different dimensions of the Material.
It will be possible to define at SKU level:
- Safety Stock
- Rounding Value
- SKU Group
It will possible to group all SKUs required quantities in same Planned Orders or disaggregate them.
PLANNED ORDERS & PRODUCTION ORDERS
It is only possible to define one Category for each Planned / Production Order, as all quantities processed by it must have the same Quality Level or Country of Origin.
But it will be possible to define different Grid or Dimension Values. So we can create a Production Order for a set of the different sizes/colors we manufacture and sell together.
It will also be possible to group different Production Orders and manage them as one. This will be very useful for defining how to cut in order to save Raw Materials and make te process more efficient.