Preparations have been made in R/3 Release 4.0A for the connection of the Process Flow Scheduler, a graphical finite capacity scheduling and optimization tool. The PFS is a component for PP-PI and is designed to be used at plant level in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and food-processing industries.
The PFS is connected to PP-PI using the POI interface, which was enhanced accordingly. The Process Flow Scheduler is started from within process planning and receives the following information:
Planned and process orders are modified by the detailed planning in the PFS and by the optimizer, and are then transferred back to the R/3 System.
To use the PFS together with the R/3 System, you must have made the corresponding settings in Customizing, section Detailed Process Planning Using PFS.