In addition to forecast and just-in-time (JIT) delivery
schedules, Release 4.0 contains a new type of delivery schedule for
the component supplier industry. The planning delivery schedule is
an internal delivery schedule that has been designed to help
Plan requirements for future periods not covered by forecast
Plan requirements when weekly or monthly delivery schedules
sent in by the customer are not detailed enough and therefore
unsuitable for planning
Plan requirements independently of inaccurate or unreliable
forecast delivery schedules sent in by the customer
Plan requirements in advance, before having even received
forecast delivery schedules from a customer
Planning delivery schedules are normally generated directly from
a forecast delivery schedule. You can, however, use sources other
than the scheduling agreement, such as data from Sales and
Operations Planning (SOP).
The planning delivery schedule is used for planning and, if
required, as a basis for delivery. When it is relevant for planning
or delivery, the planning delivery schedule replaces the forecast
Since the planning delivery schedule most often deviates from
the forecast delivery schedule, this original is stored unchanged
in the scheduling agreement. In this way, you can easily review any
changes that have been made.
Creating planning delivery schedules
To create a delivery schedule, you must first enter a planning
delivery schedule instruction in the scheduling agreement item.
Other than that, you maintain a planning delivery schedule in the
same way as a forecast or JIT delivery schedule.
You can create a planning delivery schedule by:
Creating one without schedule lines, which you then enter
Manually triggering the system to generate schedule
Setting the system to automatically generate schedule lines
when a forecast delivery schedule is created
This function is ideal when you
receive incoming EDI forecast delivery schedules.
Depending on the settings you make in Customizing, the system
assembles schedule lines in the planning delivery schedule
Splitting schedule lines from the forecast delivery
Copying schedule lines, as they are, from the forecast delivery
Adopting schedule lines from a previous planning delivery
The characteristics of the planning delivery schedule are
determined by the instruction that you specify in delivery schedule
control (Goto - Item - More - Dlv. sched.
control ). This planning delivery schedule
Relevance for delivery
The base date for planning delivery schedule
Whether schedule lines in the old planning delivery schedule
are proposed in the new delivery schedule
Whether a planning delivery schedule is generated automatically
when a forecast delivery schedule is created
The delivery schedule split validity period that specifies how
long, in weeks or months, the system is to split and copy schedule
lines from the forecast delivery schedule
If you have set the system to split schedule lines in the
forecast delivery schedule, the system does this according to the
rule, or rules, that you set in Customizing for each instruction.
The splitting rule controls:
The exact proportions in which quantities are split
The weekdays to which these quantities are assigned
The system takes a holiday rule into
account when assigning split quantities to weekdays.
How the system rounds quantities
The system assigns any remaining
quantity to the first days of the relevant week or month for which
a split share has been entered.
You can specify how long each rule is valid (splitting rule
range), and whether each rule is relevant for weekly or monthly
schedule lines. Daily schedule lines in a forecast delivery
schedule are copied unchanged into the planning delivery
Analyzing planning delivery schedules
The same analysis functions available for forecast and JIT
delivery schedules are available for planning delivery schedules.
Comparing delivery schedule histories
Comparing schedule lines
Comparing cumulative released quantities
Once the system has completed a planning delivery schedule, it
copies the generated schedule lines to an internal table where you
can rework the data according to your particular requirements.
Even out the results of the planning delivery schedule
generation by averaging schedule lines
Project data into the future by using known trends in dates and
Introduce external data into the planning delivery schedule
other than by batch input (available in the standard
Manipulate the proposed schedule lines using your own dialog
Determine if there are only minor differences between the old
and new planning delivery schedules and, if this is the case,
retain the old one
When splitting schedule lines, the system accesses the unloading
point calendar. With user exit
EXIT_SAPFV45L_002, you can set the system to access
another calendar directly at the beginning of the splitting
process. This user exit is ideal when there is no calendar
available, for example when no unloading point has been specified
for the item.
Changes to the interface
The following fields and menu options are new in the scheduling
The menu option Planning delivery
schedule under Goto -
Use this option to branch to the
planning delivery schedule screen where you can generate a new
delivery schedule or maintain an existing one.
The planning delivery schedule screen
is similar to the other delivery schedule screens. Here, the
Generate plan. dlv. sched. pushbutton is
the primary function. The pushbutton Plan dlv sched w/o
proposal is available as well if you want to create a
delivery schedule without schedule lines, which you then enter
The field PlanDlvSchedIns (planning
delivery schedule instruction) under Item - More - Dlv.
For further information on configuring your system to process
planning delivery schedules, see the
activity for maintaining instructions and splitting rules.