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Industry solution functionalities available in standard S/4 HANA

When we research about S/4 HANA, we find a lot of information about the simplified scenarios or about the cool new features, such as MRP Live, Embedded PP/DS or Accelerated ATP.

However, there is an relevant topic which is very often forgot, that is the fact the standard business functions and many industry solution functionalities are active by default in S/4 HANA.

The standard PP business functions were already available in the previous ERP releases, but they had to be activated in the Switch Framework and many users and consultants don’t even know that they exist. A list of the available business functions can be found on the following link:

Considering the Industry Solution functionalities, I have already answered many threads in SCN telling that a specific functionality would be only available in an Industry Solution and now these are available in S/4 HANA. Here are some examples of the most useful of these functionalities that are relevant for manufacturing:


Order Combination

We can find many threads in SCN of users asking how two orders could be processed in parallel in the same work center. The answer was always that the order combination functionality was available in the DIMP industry solution and that those orders could be combined with transaction MILL_OC. We can combine operations of different production orders and even from different materials, posting a single confirmation, as the work is executed together, in the same work centers.

More details about the order combination can be found in the following link:


Parts Interchangeability

In some situations, the same part can be provided by different vendors and a different material is created in the system for each vendor. With the creation of a Manufacturer Part Number MRP Set (MPN-MRP Set) in transaction PIC01 we allow MRP to plan together those different materials. It will add the stock and consider planning elements of different materials, only suggesting the replenishment when there is not enough stock for all the materials under the MPN-MRP Set.

You can find more information about this feature on the following SAP Help link:


Fast Entry of Characteristics and Co-Products in Production Orders

For companies using classification of batches and co-products, there is a new tab in the production order transaction, which allows you to include new co-products on the order and quickly classify the order batches.

More information about the Fast Entry can be found below:


Mass Processing of Manufacturing Orders with Characteristic Selection

Another interesting DIMP feature that is now available is the mass processing of production and process orders with characteristics. Basically, in the mass processing transactions for production and process orders (COHV and COHVPI) we have an option to select order based in characteristics.

The picture below shows the new selection option in transaction COHV.


WBS Grouping, Pegging, Distribution (GPD)

This functionality was available for project manufacturing in IS-ADEC. It allows you to combine material requirements from different work breakdown structures (WBS) elements (across several projects or plants) into one or more grouping WBS elements for common inventory management and material requirements planning (MRP).



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  • Hi Caetano,

    Very nice blog and well explained.

    SAP has not provided only one thing and in every project I miss that. like Scrap generation in confirmation or in quality UD.



  • Hi Caetano,

    As on today, does SAP offer industry specific versions or now only S4HANA with industries in core? Like earlier we had SAP IS-OIL. Does it co-exist? Any industry which is now fully covered in S4HANA core? (I understand they are adding newer industries to the core so that industry specific installation is no longer needed for those industries).

    And how is the licensing impacted? I guess SAP must be charging for select additional functionalities if they are selected in scope items. Please confirm if this understanding is correct.



  • Hi Caetano!

    Great article (as always)!

    I found the fast entry feature potentially useful for my current client and tried to activate batch characteristics display in sandbox system (using customizing steps described in .help) but did not succeed. Columns are displayed with no values

    Now I am wondering if this feature is relevant for configurable materials only?



      • Hi Caetano!

        Thanks a lot for your response! However I need to ensure I got you right.

        The thread under the link you shared contains expaination regarding feature “Mass Processing of Manufacturing Orders with Characteristic Selection” while my initial question was about feature “Fast Entry of Characteristics and Co-Products in Production Orders”.

        Should I suppose that both functionalities are relevant only for materials with class 300 assigned (configurable)?



        • Hi Igor

          The question is not exactly the same, but the answer gives an overview of how DIMP works with characteristics for production orders in general, so it address your question.



  • Hi Caetano,

    Does material interchangeability work with embedded PP/DS?

    In this case the planned order is created in PP/DS and hence the BOM explosion happens also in PP/DS layer.




  • Hi Caetano,

    thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. it was nice blog.

    i would like to highlight one more functionality which was available as part of S/4 HANA system.


    Supply to production line (S2L) , which is very useful for Automotive Industry, where we can do the replenishment up to the minute for high volume production scenarios.


    Best Regards,

    Kumar Semmalai


  • Hello Caetano,

    Thanks one more time for such a helpful article!

    Do you have an idea if Parts interchangeability functionality works well with PP-PI? 

    Basically it should as MRP works the same for process and production orders but I didn’t find neither clear statement on that in OSS notes nor on SCN.

    Many thanks in advance!



      • Hi Caetano,

        Thanks for your response!

        Does it mean that it is also impossible to implement automatic component substitution based on MRP sets during MRP run?

        Sorry, I never worked with DIMP functionalities before and not even sure it worked this way in old DIMP solution.

        Thanks in advance!