New Developments in the Planning Table
for Release 4.0
In Repetitive Manufacturing, the master plan is represented by
the planning table. The planning table is the basis of all planning
activities in Repetitive Manufacturing.
In a repetitive manufacturing environment, planning and control
is usually carried out on a period and quantity basis. The layout
of the planning table has been designed to support this requirement
and is also based on periods to provide a very clear,
easy-to-interpret overview of materials and production lines.
From Release 4.0, you can also use the planning table in MRP as
an additional tool for evaluating and planning planned orders and
production orders even if no run schedule header has been created
for these materials. Only a production version is required for
The planning table is the planner’s/MRP controller’s most
important tool for planning the production quantities. At a glance,
you can check the production quantities, monitor the available
capacity of the production lines and check up on the availability
situation of the products produced on each line. The flexible
strategies available for automatically dispatching quantities
provide even more support for creating a realistic master plan
balanced with capacity on hand.
As planning is often carried out on a shift basis, functions are
also available in the planning table for distributing production
quantities over shifts.
In Release 4.0, the initial screen for accessing the planning
table as well as the layout and structure of the planning table
have been changed considerably:
Instead of the various views, you can now display several lines
and materials at the same time. To guarantee a clear and
easy-to-read table despite the quantity of information displayed,
you have the option of displaying and hiding the available
information as required.
The layout of the planning table depends on your selections.
The system displays data for all the materials and lines that
correspond to your selections. Therefore, you can check the
capacity data of several lines. The following new selection options
Selection by production versions instead of by run schedule
Selection by MRP controller or class.
Detailed selection by lines and materials (when starting and
during the transaction).
Search and sort functions in the material overview enable you
to find critical situations quickly and provide the option of
accessing the planning table for exceptional situations.
You define the settings for scheduling and which scheduling
strategy is to be used in Customizing for Repetitive Manufacturing.
You can also change these settings in the initial screen of the
Scheduling is carried out with reference to the planning
operation (the planning operation is the operation with the
scheduling work center - this is usually the production line). This
means that the system schedules the planning operation first and
then it schedules the other operations that lie either before or
after the planning operation.
Operations that lie before the planning operation are scheduled
backwards and operations that lie after the planning operations are
scheduled forwards. The dates of the planning operations are
displayed separately in the planning table.
A distributed quantity display based on the production dates is
also available. This means that you can now also use shift-based
planning where you can distribute the production quantities among
the individual shifts.
You can reassign production quantities from one production line
to another whereby the system also carries out a check on the
available capacity of the new line.
The integration of the capacity planning table has also been
enhanced in Release 4.0 so that you can now work in both tables at
the same time. Changes you make in the capacity planning table are
immediately reflected in the REM planning table and vice