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SAP R/3 has a highly integrated Production Planning System. The PP module is divided into two Sub-modules, 'PP-PI' and 'Production General'. PP-PI sub-module is designed for process industries like Oil and Gas.

The Production Planning module of SAP takes care of Master data needed like Bill Of Materials, Routings and Work Centers and stores it in one separate component.




Various stages of the planning system can be planned by using components like

  • Sales and Operation Planning

  • Long Term Planning

  • Demand Management

  • Materials Requirement Planning

SAP has distinguished various styles of production like Kanban, Repetitive Manufacturing and Production Order processing. It can take care of various planning strategies like 'Make-to-stock', 'make-to-order', 'planning without final assembly' etc.

SAP R/3 PP module can also plan Capacity. The capacity Planning sub-module takes into account various capacities like pooled capacity etc.

Production Orders reporting has flexibility of confirming orders with or without backflush. The material can be staged to production site from the Warehouse after releasing the order. Costing can be triggered automatically by integrating the module with the Cost Accounting Module.

Integration with other modules like Material management, Financial Accounting, Cost Accounting, Human Resources & Development, Sales and Distribution etc adds on to reliability of the production planning system in SAP R/3. The system is a real time system. The changes in demand (cancelled or added sales order etc) and supply (high/low rejection, early/late supply from supplier, breakdown of facilities etc) are reflected in real time and the production controller can react fast to these changes.

SAP R/3 PP module is a very effective tool for production planning. As it gives many alternatives, it must be configured correctly to reach optimum utilization.

Print Shop Papers - Configure new / existing SAP Printers

SAP control the printing of shop floor papers by SAP users name.

Do not be alarm if you get an error message stating that the print form was not found. The SAP users name have not been configure to print the shop floor papers.

If you want to use a new shop floor papers you first have to design a new :-

1. Layout set
Copy the standard layout set as a reference (for example PSFC_STD_LAYOUT) to a e.g. ZPSFC_STD_LAY01.

2. Write a new print report
Copy the print program that belongs to the standard layout set (for example, PSFCCONF) to a e.g ZPSFCCONF01.

Steps to configure the Print Shop Papers :-

Transaction OPK8

To add-in an additional users to print the shop papers :-

Click the Spool parameters for user

    The control are Plant and User Login name.
    Listed in the Spool parameters for user are all the user names that are allowed to print the shop papers.
  • Double click on the user name that are allowed to print the shop papers.
  • Here you tick on the Print column the Print Shop Paper Layout that will be used. You can specify the default printer if you want. To print immediately, just tick the Immed. column.
To modify the existing Layout sets :-

Click the Reference Order Type

  • Next Select the Production Order type by clicking the button next to the Production Order type.
  • Next Click the Form on the left screen
  • Here you specify the Layout Sets that will be used.
To modify the existing Program control for the Layout sets :-

Click the Reference Order Type

  • Next Select the Production Order type by clicking the button next to the Production Order type.
  • Next Click the Print programs on the left screen
  • Here you specify the program the will be used to print the Layout Sets.
    • The control is by RefOrType, List and Report Name


Program production involves extensive collaboration between highly specialized employees with heavy information requirements, working on programs and productions that change from day to day. SAP solutions help to manage a variety of critical production management processes, including:

  • Production planning and production cost planning -- SAP for Media solutions help manage the processes for planning and producing a program for a scheduled broadcast date and existing budget, with approval gateways, acquisition processes, and resource allocation controlled effectively by means of workflow processes.
  • Program development and documentation management -- SAP for Media solutions help manage the hierarchy of production documents (such as scenario, script, storyboard, and composition) and serve as a standardized configurable documentation platform for production projects.
  • Project execution -- With SAP for Media, you can steer the entire development process of a project, ensure reduced cost to market with efficient project management, and make informed invest/divest decisions for products and projects using intelligent program management capabilities.


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