Configure and Use Process Lots in SAP Digital Manufacturing
In 23.05 Release, SAP Digital Manufacturing introduced full Process Lot handling capabilities, including two new plugins: Process Lot and Process Lot List, besides a bunch of other enhancements on existing APIs, PODs and Plugins to support Process Lots.
A Process Lot is a fundamental concept in manufacturing and production management, where it refers to a collection of SFCs (Shop Floor Control) that share a common identification number. This unique identification number assigned to each process lot serves as a means of tracking and managing the related SFCs throughout their lifecycle. If an SFC belongs to a process lot, you cannot process this SFC separately from the process lot. Essentially, Process Lots allows for efficient control and coordination of production activities.
In this blog post, we will see a short demo of Process Lot usage in SAP Digital Manufacturing and how to configure it behind the scenes before usage.
You can configure and use Process Lots for Discrete Industries in both Work Center and Operation Activity PODs.
To begin with, you must create a brand new POD or copy an existing one, and adjust the respective POD Selection plugin to use “Process Lot” as the “Default Main Input Type”:
Work Center POD
Operation Activity POD
Then, you must adjust the Work List plugin to use a List where:
- Multiple Selection is OFF
- Work List Type as “Process Lot”
- Process Lot column is added
Next, you must create a new Page in your POD with the structure below:
- Process Lot List plugin
- Process Lot plugin
- Hidden Horizontal Toolbar with a hidden Action Button
Once you add the Action Button, open the Configuration panel, switch Visible property to “OFF” and click “Assign Actions” to add Process Lot List plugin as an Action, as you can see below:
You can also turn the whole Horizontal Toolbar invisible:
Then, select Process Lot List plugin and set the Action Button you just created in “Process Lot Button” property at Configuration panel:
Finally, add a brand new Navigation Button to your POD Main Page, and define the Process Lot page in “Navigate to Page” property as seen below:
Save the POD, publish and run it.
See a short demo below.
In conclusion, the concept of a Process Lot plays a crucial role in efficient manufacturing and production management. By assigning a unique identification number to a group of SFCs, you can process them all together as one.
Process lots enable reusability and flexibility in accommodating different SFCs over time. The restriction of processing SFCs within their respective process lots ensures proper tracking, control, and traceability throughout the manufacturing process.
This approach simplifies production management, enhances operational efficiency, and promotes consistency in delivering high-quality products. Overall, process lots are a valuable tool for optimizing manufacturing operations and ensuring smooth and controlled production workflows.
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