Imagine a time when you can…

  • Decrease days in inventory by integrating scheduling and execution for a consistent view of inventory and product data.
  • Minimize disruptions in production due to changed routings, work instructions, or production orders while aligning with shop floor execution.
  • Reduce manufacturing cycle time by adjusting production schedules to work with current plant conditions.
  • Reduce revenue loss from stock-outs through fast and responsive production planning scenarios.
  • Increase manufacturing efficiency with less wastage in terms of materials, time, and energy.
  • Always have materials and components ready for production when needed.

With SAP, the time is upon us. SAP covers Plan-to-produce: from forecasting, sales and operations planning, demand management, master production schedule, material resources planning, manufacturing execution, to order settlement. Plan-to-Produce integrates with Finance, Sales, Procurement, and Inventory modules.

Automate and Streamline the Plan-to-Produce Process

Sales and operations planning

Use data as the basis for setting realistic operating targets. Forecast future sales, develop production plans, and perform feasibility studies. 

Demand management

Store independent requirements used by Master Production Scheduling (MPS) and Material Requirement Planning (MRP). Determine the effect a sales order will have on forecast consumption. Can be used for Make-to Stock (MTS) or Make-to-Order planning strategies. 

Long-term Planning

Check the future demands of materials based on the Bill of Materials (BOM). Check the capacity availability, material forecast, delivery timelines, and if requirements can be fulfilled. Transfer simulation into operational mode. 

Master Production Scheduling

Plan critical materials of an organization. Increase material availability, reduce storage costs, and increase planning stability.

Material Requirement Planning

The heart of the production planning process, MRP matches demand with supply. An MRP run outputs procurement proposals. Ensure that the right material is available at the right time and in the right quantity. Increase material availability, reduce storage costs, and increase planning stability.

Shop Floor Control

Execute the production functions within the shop floor. Determine which materials need to be produced, in what quantities, and in which locations. 

Capacity Planning

Based on master data such as material master, routing, work center, planner orders, and production orders, create data that represents the available capacity and the capacity requirements.

Inventory Management

Manage material stocks on a quantity and value basis. Document goods movement, and carry out physical inventory. You can also handle special stocks like sales order stocks and consignment stocks.


After completion of production, identify and evaluate variances. This step marks the completion of the Production Planning process.

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