• Teena Varughese

    Senior SAP ABAP Consultant

    April 30, 2024

Supercharge Your SAP Production Planning with PlanT

In today’s manufacturing landscape, efficiency is paramount. Production planning plays a crucial role in streamlining operations and meeting customer demands. But navigating the complexities of SAP Production Planning can be a daily struggle for planners.

This blog post explores the challenges faced by production planners in SAP and how a centralized cockpit solution, like PlanT, can significantly elevate efficiency and save valuable time.

The Planner’s Typical Workday

A typical day for a planner involves a myriad of tasks, each crucial for maintaining operational efficiency:

  • Monitoring Receipts: Keeping track of which receipts are earmarked for specific demands.
  • Reviewing Sales Order Schedules: Examining proposed and probable delivery dates to ensure timely fulfilment.
  • Verifying Delivery Status: Assessing the current status of scheduled deliveries for accuracy.
  • Managing Rush Orders: Analysing how rush orders will impact existing production schedules.
  • Identifying Shortages: Detecting stock or order shortages and generating comprehensive reports.
  • Analysing Cancellations: Conducting thorough analysis on cancellations to mitigate future risks.
  • Data Collection: Gathering data for daily production meetings and decision-making processes.

Difficulties Faced by Planners

Despite the importance of these tasks, planners encounter several challenges in their daily routines:

  • Lack of Centralized Workspace: Absence of a single workspace to manage tasks efficiently.
  • Manual Processes: Everyday activities require manual execution, leading to repetition and errors.
  • Lack of Automation: Processes lack automation, resulting in time-consuming tasks.
  • Limited Visibility: Difficulty in analysing the impact of rush orders due to lack of visibility on existing supply commitments.
  • Transaction Overload: Users, including planners and customer service teams, navigate through various transactions to execute daily activities, leading to inefficiencies.
  • Manual Consolidation: Manual consolidation of data is required, further adding to the workload.

Standard SAP: Useful Tools, But Not Enough

While SAP offers reports like MD04 and MD4C for viewing pegging relations, these tools:

  • Have Single Order Focus: They can only handle one order at a time.
  • Limited Granularity: They lack support for filtering by material, plant, MRP controller, demand type, or exception messages.
  • Manual Consolidation: Users need to perform multiple actions on report outputs to gather comprehensive information.
  • Fragmented User Experience: Team members like planners, customer service, and shop floor supervisors need to navigate through various transactions for their daily tasks.

Introducing PlanT: Your Efficiency Booster

PlanT offers a centralized cockpit solution that revolutionizes SAP production planning, addressing the pain points faced by planners. By leveraging real-time visibility and streamlined functionality, PlanT brings the following key gains:

  • Saving Time: With PlanT, you can potentially save up to 75% of the time spent analysing orders with complex Bills of Materials (BOMs).
  • Boosting Efficiency: Imagine saving 20 actions per order (assuming an average of 4 BOM components per order material). PlanT streamlines tasks for significant efficiency gains.

PlanT: The Features

  • Unified Workspace: A single platform for managing all production planning tasks, eliminating the need to switch between transactions.
  • Automated Workflows: Automating repetitive tasks frees up planner time for more strategic activities.
  • Rush Order Impact Analysis: PlanT provides clear visibility into the impact of rush orders on existing supply commitments, enabling informed decision-making.
  • Measurable Gains in Efficiency and Time Savings
  • Improved Collaboration: Facilitate seamless teamwork between planners, customer service, and shop floor personnel
  • Seamless Integration: PlanT seamlessly integrates with SAP ERP & S4 HANA, making the implementation a smooth process.

Conclusion

With a centralized cockpit solution like PlanT, you’re not just saving time—you’re unlocking new levels of efficiency and precision in your planning efforts. Whether it’s identifying shortages, analysing rush order impacts, or optimizing production schedules, PlanT empowers planners to navigate complexities with ease.

Gone are the days of laborious, fragmented workflows. With PlanT, planners have all the tools they need at their fingertips to view real-time pegging relationships seamlessly. Say goodbye to manual interventions and hello to a streamlined, agile planning process.

With PlanT as your ally, you’re not just keeping up with the competition—you’re setting the pace. Embrace the future of production planning and unlock your team’s full potential with PlanT.

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