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Using Badges for Labor Tracking in SAP Digital Manufacturing


SAP Digital Manufacturing supports Direct and Indirect Labor Tracking capabilities, which can be also done for a Crew or On Behalf of other user(s).

For these specific scenarios, scanning Badges using barcode scanners become handy.

In this blog post, we will explore in detail how to configure and use Badges for Labor Tracking within SAP Digital Manufacturing.


The configuration process is very simple and starts by enabling Use Badge Numbers to Track Labor for a given Plant in Manage Business Settings app as follows:

* If “Use Badge Numbers to Track Labor” setting is not enabled, the system will use User IDs instead of Badges in order to start Labor Tracking.

Next, Badges must be defined in Manage User Assignments app for each user as follows:

Lastly, create Action Buttons and assign Labor On, Labor Off, Indirect Labor On and Indirect Labor Off plugins to a given POD in POD Designer as follows:

For each Plugin, click Configuration icon and enable the respective “With User ID” option as follows:

Which enables Labor Tracking On-Behalf of other users.

* Keep in mind that here you can also enable interesting capabilities of these plugins like enabling Comments and enabling and defining Standard Value Keys or Actions.


Now that all the needed configuration is in place, open this POD and click the Action Buttons to load the respective Labor On/Off plugins, which will prompt for user Badge to Start and Complete Time Tracking as follows:

Labor On

Labor Off

Indirect Labor On

Indirect Labor Off

* Keep in mind that users must Clock In before they can start tracking Labor.

* OK And Next button, which can also be triggered by ENTER key, will submit the respective Labor On/Off action and clear the Badge field, supporting the usage of barcode scanners to Labor On/Off multiple users, a crew, in sequence.

Finally, in Manage Time Tracking app, you can check all Time Records entries and see they were registered On-Behalf of another user(s):

And by checking a specific Time Record details, you can see in the Change Log section at Changed By field which user in fact started that specific Time Record entry:


In this blog post, we learned how to configure and use badges for Labor Tracking within SAP Digital Manufacturing, enabling a seamless on-behalf-of-user option.

By leveraging the badge-based Labor Tracking in SAP Digital Manufacturing, you can enhance efficiency and accuracy in managing labor operations, especially in scenarios involving multiple workers or crews.


Do you like this post? Please let me know in the comments section what you think. Any feedback is highly appreciated.

Or, if you have any questions, please check SAP Community Q&A Area, or comment down below.


Manoel Costa

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