SAP-PP Master Data

Production Planning Master data:
The below are the few master data that will be required based on the business scenarios.
1.Material master – with MRPView,Workscheduluing
2.Bill of material
5.Production version.

Details about the master data:
1.Material Master:

1.1.MRPviews: The MRP view is the one which will have the MRP parameters like MRP type,MRG group,lotsize,strategy,Avaialability check etc.
1.2.WorkScheduling:This view has to be activated if we are working with Production order scenario.This also helps you to maintain the serial numbering and attaching a production scheduling profile.

2.BIll of material:
BOM master data is used to hold the details of components that are required to produce a finished goods.Also in the bom we can define the required scrap % for a component.And we can also control the below few parameters like Bulkmaterial indicator,relevant for costing,phantom material indicator etc.
BOM item category is important. ex:stock item,text item,class item etc.

Generally the machine and the labour in the shopfloor are mapped to the workcentre in SAP.
Workcentre category is important one to choose.
each work centre has views like general,default,capacity,scheduling,costing etec.

General:we maintain the basic parameters.

Default:Here you have the default values for a workcenter.

capacity:Here we define the default capacity that are required to use and also the forumlae requried to calculale the capacity is also defined here.Also the capacity parameters related to the workcentre will also be maintained here.

scheduling:The scheduling of the workcentre can be done based on any one of the parameters like machine,labour etc.The formulae used for scheduling is to be maintained here.

costing: Here we map the cost centre to which the workcentre costs are to be accumulated.
the activity and activity type will be linked here with the formulae.

This master data tells on the route on which the rawmaterial travels and gets transformed into different semifinished goods and finally into the finished goods.
here you can define the operations and also the workcentre or machine on which the operations are carried out.
Also the parameters for each operation with the standards, time required,labour required etc all can be defined here.
Also if the particular operation requires some inspection then the same can be defined here.
Routing is important master data which integrates with the quality module.

5.Production version:
when a product can be produced with multiple bom and routing combination then we define the production version.Each production version will be assigned a BOm ,routing and also validity period,lot size.

SAP Production Planning

I like to skip the introduction to basics of SAP and directly jump into the Production planning of SAP.
Production Planning&Control module which is allways called as PP module takes care of the planning process of material ,after planning it helps to produce the material through production and then apply the controlling process over the Planning and also the production.

SAP-PP module can help the production through discrete and repetitive manufacturing process.

what is discrete manufacturing?
discrete manufacturing will have shorter order quantities, the process will not have continious flow and mostly if the business requires to monitor the cost at an production order level then the system is configured for dicrete manufacturing
What is Repetitive manufacturing?
In this process thegoods will be produced in larger quantities and the business likes to collect the cost at the material level and that too for a certain larger periods.

I like to discuss this in the begining itself as the later production process will be based on the manufacturing type