Process Instructions for the R/3 PI Sheet: New Functions in 4.0A


As of Release 4.0A, the following functions are available with regard to process instructions for the R/3 PI sheet. For more information, see the R/3 Library Process Management , section Process Instruction Sheet -> Process Instructions for PI Sheets , and the Implementation Guide (IMG) for Process Management.

Input validation

You can use characteristic PPPI_ACCEPT_INVALID_INPUT in process data requests to specify that invalid input values are not transferred to the PI sheet at all or only if a signature is entered.
When you decide on accepting invalid values with signatures, note the following:

Signatures in tables

You can also define signatures in repeated data requests to sign individual table lines.
Note the following:

Output values

You can define output values in process data requests and calculation formulas. They are displayed in the PI sheet in addition to the input values or formula result.

You can define the following values as output values:

Use characteristic PPPI_OUTPUT_VARIABLE.

Before an output value, you must also assign a text in the process instruction that is to be displayed together with the value. Use characteristic PPPI_OUTPUT_TEXT.
If you want to display several output values in the same line in a simple data request, define a text for the first value only.

Variables with enhanced validity

Using characteristic PPPI_GLOBAL_VARIABLE in process data requests and process data calculation formulas, you can define variables that are not only valid in the PI sheet but for the entire process order.

Calculating time intervals

You can use the following function calls to calculate the duration and dates of time intervals in the PI sheet:

Function call Function
C_DURAT Calculating the duration from start and end dates
C_END_T Calculating the end date from duration and start date
C_STRT_T Calculating the start date from duration and end date

Change system parameters in customizing

If you want to use the new functions, you must first transport the new characteristics to your client.
Transport predefined characteristics

You can then revise your process instruction categories and transport the predefined function calls from the SAP reference client to your client and copy them to your plants.

Define process instruction categories (general)
Define PI categories for R/3 PI sheet using PI assistant
Define PI categories for R/3 PI sheet using char. overview
Copy settings between plants