A production scheduling profile is used to define the tasks of the production order that the system automatically executes during creation or release of a production order.
For example, the system can automatically release the production order as soon as it’s created, or the system can automatically send the shop floor papers for printing after an order is released. This saves the user the time and effort of performing individual functions when combining a few of them is possible. Further, a specific production order type that is used in make-to-stock (MTS) production, make-to-order (MTO) production, project planning, or production without material reference can be assigned. A production scheduling profile is assigned in the Work Scheduling view of the material master in SAP S/4HANA.
Additional control functions available in the production scheduling profile include the following:
- Automatic actions on creating a production order
- Automatic actions on releasing a production order
- Material availability
- Capacity availability
- Automatic GR (along with the control key)
- Confirmation controls
- Batch management settings
To create a new production scheduling profile, follow the configuration menu path SAP IMG > Production > Shop Floor Control > Master Data > Define Production Scheduling Profile, or use Transaction OPKP. In the Automatic Actions area shown in the figure below, it’s possible to control whether the system should automatically release a production order on its creation.
This is applicable in those business scenarios in which a formal or separate approval on the release of the production order isn’t required and thus immediate creation and release serve your purposes. Similarly, on release of the production order, controls can be put in place for whether the system is to automatically execute the printing function, schedule the order, or even create control instructions.
Note that process integration is a relatively new offering for discrete manufacturing, including creation of control recipes.
For capacity planning, an overall profile is assigned, and then in the production order screen, the user can navigate to the capacity planning screen, in which the system uses the profile assigned here. Further controls can be put in place for whether the system should confirm the capacity availability, as well as to perform finite scheduling during production order creation.
Scroll down the screen to see the options shown in the following figure. Here we recommend not setting the Confirmation area checkboxes. This ensures that the system automatically updates the production deficit or surplus (excess) in the production order as soon as the necessary business processes, such as confirmation and GR, are performed. The only exception to selecting these checkboxes is when the production process is generally stable with few operational problems; then, a bit of a deficit or excess production doesn’t make much difference to the reporting or monitoring needs.
The Adjust Quantities in Order to Actual Values parameter can be used to adjust the operation durations and component requirements of subsequent operations on the basis of a scrap-adjusted quantity calculation. The system reschedules the relevant operations.
It’s also possible to control how the system handles the batch-managed materials and if it should automatically create the batch during production order creation, during its release, or not at all. If the company plans to integrate warehouse management (WM) or embedded SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM) into the production process, then we suggest coordinating with the relevant WM/SAP EWM resource to make the necessary settings on this screen.
Editor’s note: This post has been adapted from a section of the book Production Planning with SAP S/4HANA by Jawad Akhtar.