"We had already used finite planning in an external solution tailored to our needs", says Mr. Biegert, Production Manager at HYDRO, "but this did not meet our requirements in terms of functionality, integration with SAP and future-oriented orientation". Since HYDRO was in the process of implementing SAP ERP, the choice quickly fell on SAP APO. The task here was to adapt the planning and optimization to the special business needs of HYDRO.
In CONSILIO we found a competent and reliable partner whose consultants listened to us, recognized our company-specific requirements, demonstrated pragmatic solution approaches through their cross-industry expertise and implemented them in SAP in a very short time.
The MRP based DS scenario of SAP SCM APO was used as the basis for the implementation. This scenario enables a first step into the world of SCM planning with little effort, in a short time and with minimal risk. HYDRO was already using demand planning in SAP ERP and wanted to refine the planning results taking into account capacity and material availability constraints. For this scenario, it is not necessary to transfer all master data to SAP SCM APO, the transaction data such as stocks, sales orders, planned orders, production orders, etc. is sufficient.
The planned orders generated in SAP ERP are optimized in SAP SCM APO using the available functions. Capacity restrictions, material availability and dependencies between orders are taken into account across all BOM levels. SCM APO thus creates a feasible production plan and transparency from the customer order to the purchased part. Exception messages for particularly critical situations reduce the workload of the detailed planners.