Production Planning and Detailed Scheduling (PP/DS)

Eliminate Bottlenecks. Streamline Production Planning Processes.


What is PP/DS?

Production Planning and Detailed Scheduling (PP/DS) is a module in SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (APO) that is used by organizations for short-term planning. PP/DS is largely divided into two core areas – Production planning and detailed scheduling. This module is related to lean manufacturing practices because it concerns carefully analyzing the variables that affect production. It helps identify gaps in production by examining variables such as lead times and resources that are available in depth. PP/DS essentially involves a range of functionalities, including internal production planning, external procurement planning, resource scheduling, and sequence optimization.

Since production planning is used for short-term planning, it covers requirements by creating planned orders and purchase requisitions to plan internal production and external procurement. In comparison with SAP APO Supply Network Planning (SNP), internal production planning, which happens in the plant, is detailed and makes use of exact times. This enables organizations to determine exact times for production of materials.

PP/DS is the only module in SAP APO that has the most integrations between SAP APO and the ERP system, which enables real-time data to travel back and forth between the system. PP/DS examines how products are manufactured, where gaps can occur, how long machines and work in progress stay idle. As a result of this, it increases production without having to increase resources.


PP/DS was created with the intent of planning complex products, such as products that have long delivery times or products that have to be created using critical machines. PP/DS helps organizations create production plans that are executable.

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Decreased delivery and lead times

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Improved delivery reliability

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Reduced inventory costs

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Improved coordination between purchasing (procurement), production (planning), and machines

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Streamline the complete production planning processes, including raw materials, product packaging, and delivery

Intrigo Advantage

Our team is comprised of supply chain experts who have been associated with the definition and design of SAP’s Advanced Planning and Optimization (APO) since its inception. With Intrigo’s industry expertise, deep product knowledge and close SAP Collaboration, we are able to help companies increase the usability of SAP APO for improved visibility into planning information. We foresee changing market dynamics and help APO customers adapt to this market by switching to SAP’s new demand-driven strategy.

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