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Consider this alternative to a traditional PP/DS setup matrix for production sequences

by Scott Wallask

February 22, 2011

By Scott Wallask, SAP Experts

Avoiding capacity overload on shop floor production lines and optimizing production sequences can make life much easier for manufacturing organizations.

A key to efficient shop optimization is the design of what SAP calls a setup matrix. “Such a matrix features a complex set of data with setup transitions from one product to another in the production sequence,” writes Parijat Chakraborty, a director at Falcon Prime, Inc., who authored a new article for SCM Expert, “Simplify Shop Floor Sequence Optimization with a PP/DS Exception-Based Setup Matrix.”

Chakraborty takes an interesting twist w ith his advice, as he champions an exception-based setup matrix using the PP/DS optimizer in SAP Advanced Planning & Optimization. An exception-based matrix helps reduce the number of product subgroups you need in a production schedule, as opposed to maintaining all possible combinations of subgroups in standard setup matrix. Using an exception-based system, certain entries are assigned a zero value as an exception, which means such transitions receive “first dibs” from the scheduling system, all in the name of efficiency.

Subscribers to SCM Expert can learn the full details behind Chakraborty’s approach by logging on. If you don’t subscribe, now is a great time to introduce yourself to the resources available to help you better complete your day-to-day SAP SCM activities.

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