This portion of configuration is the first step in defining how you can schedule service orders.  This piece defines the scheduling types that you can assign to each service order type.  Within this configuration you define how each scheduling type should be behave.  In general, this piece of configuration is rarely touched, but if you have different terminology you wish to use, you might define your own scheduling types.  One word of caution, this is shared configuration across multiple areas, so I’d encourage you not to go deleting any of the existing options 🙂 .  Let’s jump into it.

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This is where you find it in configuration.

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Here you see the scheduling types available out of the box.  Each one corresponds already to the configuration options selected for it. 

The idea behind each scheduling type tells SAP how to react to the dates within your order through MRP. 

Forward: Takes the basic start date and schedules forward.

Backward: Takes the basic finish date and determines the start date.

Only Capacity Requirements: the system calculates the scheduled start and finish of the order by deducting the float before and after production from the basic order dates. The calculated dates are written into all operations in the order.  If you use this scheduling type, the dates of all the operations/ activities are identical.  The capacity requirements are distributed across the period between the scheduled start and the scheduled finish.  Costing calculates no capacity requirements when this scheduling type is used.  (Courtesy of SAP Help)

Current Date: just uses today’s date and schedules forward.

With Time: allows you to get very specific, and even enter the time, along with the dates.

In general, you don’t need to touch this configuration, but like everything in SAP, it sure is nice to know what each of the options mean 🙂

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Thanks for reading,

Mike

CTO – JaveLLin Solutions, LLC

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