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Author's profile photo Caetano Almeida

Improvements for MRP areas in S/4HANA 1809

S/4HANA 1809 was recently announced and there are several improvements and new featured introduced in different areas. The release highlights talk about new featured for Demand Driven MRP, Co-Pilot and many new features of the intelligent ERP.

There is a minor and under-noticed feature, however, which will make a huge difference in the daily life of the MRP Controllers who need to deal with multiple MRP Areas.

Since the first S/4HANA release, SAP introduced simplifications in the subcontracting process and in the storage location planning. Old scenarios where a special stock segment for subcontracting or for a storage location planned separately were no longer supported and they should be replaced by subcontracting MRP areas and storage location MRP areas, respectively.

While working with MRP areas brings lots of benefits (as I mentioned in my previous blog 5 reasons to use subcontracting MRP areas in S/4HANA.), there was one negative effect of using MRP areas: while the old features allowed all the subcontracting and storage location stock segments to be visualized in the same screen in transaction MD04, each MRP area had to be opened separately.

In some situations, the same material may have different subcontracting suppliers or different storage locations planned separately and using MRP areas in those cases would not make the life of the MRP controller easier.

After hearing the feedback of different customers who migrated to S/4HANA, SAP implemented a new feature that will improve the visualization of the Stock/Requirements List for MRP Controllers planning multiple MRP Areas.

As of S/4HANA 1809, the new Intra-Plant view was introduced in the Stock/Requirements List (transaction MD04), allowing the MRP Controller to have a complete overview of the Stock/Requirements situation, visualizing the multiple MRP areas for a material in the same screen.

In the new Intra-Plant View, there is a new set of buttons that will allow the MRP Controller to choose the best way to visualize the multiple MRP areas and quickly switch between different views. The figure below shows multiple storage location MRP areas assigned to the same material with a look and feel very similar to the old storage location planned separately.

This innovation is also not only available it the SAP GUI, but also when using the Stock/Requirement List in the Fiori Launchpad.

Another possibility is to have a non-aggregated available quantity, so that we can tell exactly how much do we have under each MRP area, but show all the MRP elements aggregated.

We can also completely switch off the aggregation and see the plant and the MRP areas together, as if there is no separation between them.

Each user can choose the best option to work and quickly switch between different visualization modes, or can define the preferred visualization in the user settings, by going to the menu Settings and choosing the option User Settings. Here, it is also possible to define if the grouping tab will be displayed or not.

It is important to reinforce that those options will be only relevant for displaying the MRP results in the Stock/Requirements List, but they will not be relevant for planning and each MRP area will be planned independently by MRP.

At last, this new feature should be activated in customizing, under the following path:

SPRO: Production – Material Requirements Planning – Evaluation – Display Material Groupings

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      Author's profile photo Prasath Elumalai
      Prasath Elumalai

      Hi Caetano,

      Very useful documents to being latest update in S/4 HANA.

      Prasath E

       

      Author's profile photo Caetano Almeida
      Caetano Almeida
      Blog Post Author

      Thank you for the feedback Prasath!

      Author's profile photo Vijay Rajaram Mundke
      Vijay Rajaram Mundke

      Dear Caetana,

      Thanks for such an informative information. Thanks for sharing.

      Regards,

      Vijay Mundke

      Author's profile photo Ila Chaudhary
      Ila Chaudhary

      Hi Caetano,

      Nicely explained. very useful.

      Thanks.

       

      Author's profile photo Mrinal Kanti Roy
      Mrinal Kanti Roy

      Good blog as usual from you Caetano !!

      Author's profile photo Umesh Mali
      Umesh Mali

      Thanks for sharing..

      Regards
      Umesh Mali

      Author's profile photo Pravin Mandgaonkar
      Pravin Mandgaonkar

      Nice info Caetano! Thanks for sharing!

      Author's profile photo Muhamed Ibrahem
      Muhamed Ibrahem

      very useful info. Thanks for sharing!

      Author's profile photo Pruthvee Narang
      Pruthvee Narang

      Hi Caetano,

       

      Very helpful document.

       

      I am not able to view the Intra-Plant tab in MD04 after maintaining the settings suggested by you, can you please guide.

       

       

      Thanks,

      Pruthvee

      Author's profile photo Caetano Almeida
      Caetano Almeida
      Blog Post Author

      It should appear if you have multiple MRP areas for a material and planning elements on these MRP areas.

      Author's profile photo Pruthvee Narang
      Pruthvee Narang

      Thanks

      Author's profile photo Pruthvee Narang
      Pruthvee Narang

      Hi Caetano,

      As we define MRP area for Subcontractor, if we have multiple subcon vendors we will have to create multiple MRP areas.

      Can you please help me understand if there is any way possible to create 1 MRP area for multiple vendors and see the biffurcation in MBLB or any other way to track the stock at vendor location.

       

      Thanks,

      Pruthvee

      Author's profile photo Caetano Almeida
      Caetano Almeida
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Pruthvee

      Your question is not exactly related to the topic of this blog, so please open a separated question under the same tag.

      Regards,
      Caetano

      Author's profile photo Pruthvee Narang
      Pruthvee Narang

      Sure will do that.

      Thanks Caetano

      Author's profile photo Csaba Timar
      Csaba Timar

      Any note number for this new functionality ?

      Author's profile photo Caetano Almeida
      Caetano Almeida
      Blog Post Author

      Hello

      This feature comes in S/4HANA 1809. Unfortunately, there is no note to implement it in earlier releases.

      Regards,
      Caetano

      Author's profile photo Arulmurugan Veluchamy
      Arulmurugan Veluchamy

      Hi Caetano,

       

      Very nicely articulated across the table to keep ourselves to market relevant with latest release. Congrats and thanks.

      Author's profile photo Muralikrishnan Ponedath Vijayan
      Muralikrishnan Ponedath Vijayan

      Hi Caetano Almeida

      Thanks for the blog.

      We have enabled the Intra-Plant view and there is an observation from the users that the exception column doesn’t get filled while switching tab from Individual list.

      Is this an expected behavior?

      Thanks,

      Muralikrishnan

      Author's profile photo Farid Azzi
      Farid Azzi

      Excellent Document, Thanks Caetano Almeida for the valuable blog !