|The overall goal of production
planning—and the use of planning strategies—is to better serve your customers
Things to note:
All scheduling information in the sample scenarios (stock/requirements lists), including the screens, is subject to your scheduling settings. The actual results depend on your configuration and the setup of your master data.
To select the most appropriate planning strategies, answer the questions for each material group (remember to use different strategies for different purposes). To make this guidebook easier to use, we have structured similar strategy groups in such a way as to minimize the time you spend reading the entire document.
On which of the following levels do you want to plan component procurement:
Finished product level planning is used when there is a stable and predictable demand pattern at the finished product level (the material sold in sales orders).
Subassembly or Component Level
Planning on the component level is used when there is a stable and predictable demand pattern at component or subassembly level (the material used in production orders).
For the following reasons, it is often more convenient to plan at the component, rather than on the finished product, level:
Planning on the characteristics (value) level is used when, for each configurable product, you have a stable and predictable demand patterns at characteristics (value). The use of characteristics requires the use of the variant configurator (see chapter 5, Characteristics Planning). Characteristics selection is translated into component selection. Therefore, when planning at characteristics (value) level, you are planning, for example, the characteristic “blue” paint. This characteristic results in the selection of the component “blue paint.” A more complex example is to plan the characteristic “stick shift,” which results in the selection of components related to that characteristic’s value.
Would you like to produce the planned product in stock before a sales order is entered?
Would you like to procure the components before the entry of sales orders?
Who is responsible for the production quantities?
If your production department is responsible for production quantities and the resulting stock levels (and they do not want to rely on sales forecast for the finished products), you can use strategies for planning components and de-couple the two departments.
Influence of Stock
Should the stock level influence the production quantities?
Strategy 11 allows for production that relies only on the planned quantities from Demand Management (without netting stock quantities). This strategy is particularly useful if you want to have a determined production plan (for example, if you have to deal with a seasonal demand pattern but want to have constant production).
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