SAP MRP


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Supply Chain Management: SAP MRP

In today’s digitally disrupted environment, planners are requested to check the feasibility of an uplifted product forecast based on time horizons. This feasibility check is carried out to determine the availability of capacity and supply to avoid out-of-stock situations and optimize sales. Therefore, putting customer service as the top focus and priority.

What Is SAP MRP?

SAP MRP (Material Requirements Planning) is a module in SAP ERP software. It is where production and procurement planners create feasible and realistic plans to initiate the procurement or production processes. Within SAP MRP, the system calculates the net requirements while considering available stock and scheduled receipts from purchasing and production. The planning run can be executed at a plant level or MRP-area level. The results of an MRP run are recommendations for creating documents to produce, purchase, or transfer the materials. The final step is to create the needed supply documents to meet that demand.

Supply Chain Management: SAP MRP

In today’s digitally disrupted environment, planners are requested to check the feasibility of an uplifted product forecast based on time horizons. This feasibility check is carried out to determine the availability of capacity and supply to avoid out-of-stock situations and optimize sales. Therefore, putting customer service as the top focus and priority.

What Is SAP MRP?

SAP MRP (Material Requirements Planning) is a module in SAP ERP software. It is where production and procurement planners create feasible and realistic plans to initiate the procurement or production processes. Within SAP MRP, the system calculates the net requirements while considering available stock and scheduled receipts from purchasing and production. The planning run can be executed at a plant level or MRP-area level. The results of an MRP run are recommendations for creating documents to produce, purchase, or transfer the materials. The final step is to create the needed supply documents to meet that demand.

What Is the Key to SAP MRP?

For complex products and higher production volumes, complex calculations are needed. Inventory is a major cost of doing business and one of the biggest factors in profitability and customer service. It is important early on to identify key personnel roles whose power base is affected by a new MRP system. The key to making an SAP MRP implementation successful is to provide extensive training and education for all affected employees.

Key business use cases for SAP MRP are:

  • Product Promotion: The module can examine if it is feasible to produce the products per an increased demand forecast.
  • Capacity Planning: Plan for extra staff, shifts, or additional capacity to prepare for an expected increase in production.
  • Purchasing Decisions: Proactively identifies if you should renegotiate purchase contracts due to an increase in scale and identify new vendors to reduce costs. This can also help in creating visibility with supplier collaboration.

SAP MRP benefits come from improved production planning and scheduling processes. This brings faster response time per market changes, allowing a reduction in inventory without compromising customer service.

Technical resource partners for consideration might beSAP, Opsveda or Tibco.

Further Insights for SAPinsiders

  • Manage Material Requirements Planning Exception Messages in SAP. Venkata Ramana Nethi from Schlumberger offers insights to categorize and manage SAP MRP exceptions, because this can impact your operational performance relative to using KPI’s. Learn how to standardize your process and translate the messages into actions.
  • Real-Time Supply Chain Planning with Demand-Driven MRP in SAP S/4HANA. Caetano Almeida, talks about DDMRP (Demand Driven MRP) SAP Fiori apps. The bullwhip effect is where inventory can move from being backordered to having excess. The DDMRP establishes buffers to absorb the demand variability and help stabilize the nervousness effect.

7 results

  1. Case study: How can MRP help you apply the Theory of Constraints (TOC) to drive efficiencies

    Managing constraints in a supply chain is the most challenging and complex piece of the puzzle. Constraints move as demand shifts throughout the chain. Variability in demand is one thing but variability in the supply causes unwanted WIP, system pressures and exceptions everywhere. We all know MRP is good to help us automate managing supply…
  2. Manage Material Requirements Planning Exception Messages in SAP

    Reading time: 12 mins

    Exceptions generated via material requirement planning (MRP) on the MRP elements should be evaluated daily or, at a minimum, weekly. Managing MRP exception messages effectively at the operational level is an essential business activity because these messages impact operational key performance indicators (KPI). Depending on the organization size and product volumes there could be hundreds…
  3. Dynamic Safety Stock Management: How to interpret MRP results of coverage profiles

    Reading time: 6 mins

    by Venkata Ramana Nethi CSCP, CPIM, Business Process Lead – Operations, Schlumberger Overview: An organization’s strategic inventory policy and stocking strategies drive aggregate level inventory management (i.e., ABC/XYZ/LMN, etc. classification) which in turn drives item level inventory management. One of the most effective ways to perform item level inventory management on high volume and low…...…
  4. Learn How Campbell’s Soup Saved $53 Million in Supply Chain Management

    Reading time: 5 mins

    Learn how standard SAP technology can lead to massive savings in SAP customers’ supply chains. By having harmonized master and operational data across their systems, companies can achieve a more accurate view of their inventory performance, lot sizes, and dead stock. Learn how the Campbell Soup Company was able to harmonize its data, maximize the…
  5. Implementing the Simplified Subcontracting Process with MRP Areas in SAP S/4HANA

    Reading time: 7 mins

    Learn the changes and simplifications in the subcontracting process introduced with SAP S/4HANA and how to effectively implement it in SAP S/4HANA. Key Concept SAP S/4HANA introduced major simplifications in production planning, including changes in the subcontracting process. The subcontracting scenario has been simplified in SAP S/4HANA, and now SAP recommends the use of subcontracting…...…
  6. Real-Time Supply Chain Planning with Demand-Driven MRP in SAP S/4HANA

    Reading time: 11 mins

    Joerg Boeke explains how to use SAP HANA calculation views and procedures as data providers for complex calculation views. This content is available to Premium Members. Sign In Learn more about Premium Access
  7. Before You Go Live, Maximize the Benefit from Your MRP Output

    Reading time: 3 mins

    In a brief interview at SCM 2017, Beverly Desjardins, solution architect at itelligence North America, answered some questions related to her session on how to use material requirements planning (MRP) results to improve the stability of your system. This content is available to (General or Premium) members. Sign in or Join for free! Sign In…