Centralize and Utilize Supply for Multiple Regions.
Original Publication Date: 2003-Aug-08
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Aug-08
In a manufacturing environment in which supply sourcing is centralized, with the central source of supply providing supply commitments to individual geographies based on demand statements, there is a need to segregate the central source of supply information so that the committed supply is regionally exclusive. The present method accommodates multiple regions that are in different time zones and allows the placement of orders on a single source of supply. This allows the supply to remain centralized while providing each region a segregated use and view of the centralized supply.
Centralize and Utilize Supply for Multiple Regions .
A region key is created based on the location where an order was placed and the location of the customer. The region key may be re-determined after each order access. The order then holds the region key information to allow for a continued segregation of the order information for measurements and other functions.
The region key is determined using a table which includes information about the location where the order was is taken and the location of the customer. There is a wild-card capability for the country of the customer to allow for default determination and to minimize maintenance. There is a field on the header level of the sales order that reflects the region key of the order. This key is re-evaluated every time the order is changed or processed.
There is also an allocation table, which contains the supply information. This table uses the same region key as a primary index. This table also contains a consolidated view of each region's specific attributes, allowing each region to configure its supply statements based on its individual requirements. These individual requirements are at a lower level to the region key separation, allowing each region to manipulate its supply without affecting other regions. The manufacturing site does not need to be involved in these manipulations, which lets it freely perform its task of producing to the requirements. This same structure can be utilized for any manufacturing location, allowing for an easy transition between and to additional manufacturing sites as required. This may be used, for example, at a secondary site in which various geographies interface to the centralized sites in the same consistent manner, thus saving on interfaces, training, and development.
In one embodiment an SAP allocation configuration was used with customized logic to implement the present...