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MD04 – Export planning to Excel

Sometimes a planner wishes to share the planning status of a particular material with colleagues or partners that are not SAP users. In this case it is useful to export the planning overview to Excel and perhaps pimp the lay-out with some colorful headers.
To do this -from within MD04 or MD07- go to Menu > List > Variable Print.
MD04 Print variant

MD04 - Variable Print

Immediately a new overview opens up that may look less attractive than the overview you are used to. On the screen ‘Print list – variable’ you can change the lay-out and save it as a variant like you are used to in standard SAP reporting.

MD04 printlist lay-out

MD04 printlist lay-out

To get the best Excel results export the report directly to an Excel table, as opposed to first store it as a local file and then open it in Excel. This way the lay-out is optimized for direct filtering and sorting.

This is all there is to it. Sometimes SAP life is that easy.

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MRP vendor selection

It is possible to let MRP propose the preferred (or fixed) vendor for your external procurement. This is especially useful in a scenario where a central purchasing department is dictating vendor selection, but where the actual procurement decisions (quantity and timing) is done elsewhere (e.g. production dept for procurement of raw materials). This post will give you the step-by-step:

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Lot-size for continuous production and process industry

A suitable lot-size for continuous production can be hard to come up with. Picture the situation of a mineral oils manufacturer that refines crude oil to 3 co-products. The planner wishes to control the process flow to align the production with demand (i.e. the refinery is not continuously refining at the same speed as it would in make-to-stock). Another requirement for ATP is that the production quantities are issued on a daily basis. Hence we want MRP to come up with weekly planned orders that are distributed on a daily basis. In abundance: 1 planned/process order per week, with equal quantities released per day.

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Consumption-based planning and MRP

MRP and Consumption-based planning are two fundamental SAP planning types that can be used to determine a product’s requirements. To avoid any confusion on the subject: I am not talking about the MRP run that is executed through MD01 and MD02. I’m talking about planning types that are set in the Material Master’s MRP1 tab. The MRP type is used in the MRP run to determine HOW procurement and/or production quantities are calculated.

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MRP processing keys

NETCH, NETPL and NEUPL are three fundamentally different ways to schedule your MRP run:

  • NETCH – Net Change Planning
  • NETPL – Net Change Planning within Planning Horizon
  • NEUPL – Regenerative Planning
MRP Processing Keys

MRP Processing Keys

I will elaborate on these three options and their workings:

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