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splitting the phase in Process industry

Hi,

In Discrete manufacturing, in the routing each operation is having the option of splitting. Means the same operation can be executed in 2 or 3 machines, so that the lead time of the operation will reduce.

In Process Industry, is there any functionality similar to splitting. In recipe there is no splitting functions available. If one particular phase needs to be executed in 2 or 3 reactors due to reduce the lead time, how it can be handled. Please throw some light on this.

Regards,

V. Suresh

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    Posted on Jul 20, 2011 at 09:16 PM

    Hi Suresh,

    As far as my information in SAP PPPI is concerned, there is no such functioanlity of split is available in PPPI component of SAP PP. As I know In almost all process industries generally processing time depends upon the batch size. If the there are 3 reactors installed for any phase which are performing even the same operation but the output in terms of chemical composition (quality) will vary for sure as mixture in each reactor is one batch (a disctinct characteristic of batch production). There should be 3 Process orders issued. If this arrangement makes problems, combining all 3 reactors and defining them as 3 individual capacities makes sense. But the definition of work center with category 0008 (Processing unit) is more preferable.

    I have tried both approach in my implementations, the most successfull approach was to go with Resource with category Processing unit (0008 category) with single or two std. value parameter/s on resource; Fixed time & Variable time. If this is not fit and where business wants to plan each reactor seperately, its better to prefer Discrete Industry or REM solution.

    By the way, you can read through Resource hierarchy and Resource selection concepts as well. It may address your business requirements.

    Regards,

    Shoyeb

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