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ABAP base PI sheet & Browser base PI sheet

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What is the differance between Browser base PI sheet & ABAP base PI sheet.

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Pls. find the details about ABAP based PI sheet & Browser based PI sheet as below so you can understand the difference between them :

ABAP List-Based PI Sheet

Definition

The PI sheet represents the result of a control recipe that was sent to a process operator and whose content is displayed as text on the screen. This means the PI sheet is an instruction for the process operator that describes how and in which order a product is manufactured. The PI sheet can, for example, contain information about the picking of raw materials as well as instructions about charging the mixer, filling silos, and so on.

The SAP PI sheet is designed for processing on the screen, which means that the process operator should enter, confirm, report, or complete data interactively. In this way, the SAP PI sheet enables communication between the SAP System (PP-PI) and process operators in production lines that are operated manually (either fully or partially).

Beside this conventional PI sheet, you can also create a browser-based PI sheet as of Release 4.6C. It has all the advantages of a browser-based application that is easy-to-operate and intuitive.

Use

Depending on the process instructions contained in a control recipe, the PI sheet supports the following functions:

· Displaying control information such as instructions for the process operator on how to carry out production steps

· Displaying additional notes, such as notes on specific rules that must be followed when dealing with dangerous goods

· Recording of actual process data

· Reporting of entered and calculated values using process messages, for example, posting goods issues and receipts or time-ticket confirmations

· Navigating to other SAP applications outside of PP-PI to make entries and afterwards return to the PI sheet

· Performing calculations, such as calculating dates

· Triggering a dialog or requesting data from internal or external applications

For information about defining PI sheets using process instructions see Process Instructions for the PI Sheet. For ABAP list-based PI sheets you can use process instructions of the types 1, 2 and 4 to 7.

Structure

Each PI sheet consists of a header and a number of elements defined via the process instructions in the control recipe or by the process operator when he or she maintains the PI sheet.

These elements include:

· Control information and notes with additional information for the process operator

· Comments by the process operator

· Input fields for the actual process data to be reported

· Fields for values to be calculated by the system

· Pushbuttons that enable the process operator to call user-defined function modules or the QM function for recording inspection results

The data contained in the PI sheet is displayed on an overview screen and various detail screens for the individual elements.

The following paragraphs provide details on the individual elements and their functions within the PI sheet.

For information on how to define PI sheets using process instructions, see Process Instructions for PI Sheets.

The PI sheet is made up of the following sections:

The Header

The header is shown at the very top of a PI sheet's overview screen. It contains information on the following:

· The status of the PI sheet

· The process order for which the PI sheet was created

· The material to be produced

· The process operator or group of process operators responsible for maintaining the PI sheet

The Phases

The lower section of the PI sheet comprises the phases. Depending on the content of the process instructions, they can contain the following information:

· Control information

Control information for the process operator is displayed on the overview screen of the PI sheet. The information to be displayed is defined in a process instruction of the type u201Cprocess parameteru201D. In the PI sheet, the number of the process instruction and the corresponding phase of the process order is displayed before the control information.

· Additional information

Additional information on a process step can be displayed on detail screens within the PI sheet. The information to be displayed is defined as a note in a process instruction of the type u201Cprocess parameteru201D.

On the overview screen of the PI sheet, one or more pushbuttons are displayed below the corresponding control instruction. You can use these pushbuttons to call up the information on the detail screens.

· Comments

Within the PI sheet, the process operator can create comments on individual process steps. These comments can either be saved in a special comment sheet within the PI sheet, or they can be reported to process management using a process message.

The comment sheet can be accessed from the PI sheet's overview screen by choosing the corresponding menu option or the corresponding pushbutton in the header.

Comment messages always refer to a specific process step. If a comment message has been created in the PI sheet, the document symbol as well as the beginning of the comment are displayed to the right of the corresponding control information. You can display the entire comment on a detail screen.

· Input values

On the overview screen of the PI sheet, input fields are provided for the actual process data to be reported. The values to be reported are defined in process instructions of the type u201Cprocess data requestu201D.

Single input fields are displayed to the right of the preceding control instruction. If several values of the same type are to be reported, a corresponding table is displayed below the control instruction and the other input fields.

· Signature

A signature is a special type of input value that marks the end of a process step within the PI sheet. By executing a signature, you confirm and report the data entered or calculated in the process step. If you have made the corresponding system settings, you must execute a signature with a password or a digital signature.

Like any other input value, the signature is defined in a process instruction of the type u201Cprocess data requestu201D.

· Values to be calculated

If you want the system to calculate a value in the PI sheet, a field for this value is displayed on the overview screen to the right of the preceding control instruction. If the value has not yet been calculated, the field contains a question mark (?). Values to be calculated are defined in process instructions of the type u201Cprocess data calculation formulau201D.

· Inspection results

If inspection results are to be recorded for an operation or phase, the Record inspection results pushbutton is displayed in the PI sheet to the right of the preceding control instruction. Using this pushbutton, you can branch to the QM function for recording inspection results.

The operations or phases for which inspection results are to be recorded are defined using a process instruction of the type u201Cinspection results requestu201D.

· Dynamic function calls

If an SAP function module is to be called within the PI sheet (for example, to access order confirmation or material quantity calculation, or to start a user-defined function), a pushbutton with which you can start the function is displayed to the right of the preceding control instruction.

The function to be called is defined using a process instruction of the type u201Cdynamic function callu201D.

Integration

To create ABAP list-based PI sheets, you must send your control recipes to a control recipe destination of type1 : control recipe transfer to SAP PI sheet.

Browser-Based PI Sheet

Definition

As of Release 4.6C, you can also create PI sheets in HTML layout. The browser-based PI sheet is an enhanced version of the ABAP list-based PI sheet. It offers a new user interface that is intuitive and easy-to-operate.

To be able to use the browser-based PI sheet correctly, you must install Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 5 or greater) and make a few security settings in the Internet Explorer. For more information, see Setting Up the Browser for PI Sheets and Cockpits.

The PI sheet represents the result of a control recipe that was sent to a process operator and whose content is displayed as text on the screen. This means the PI sheet is an instruction for the process operator that describes how and in which order a product is manufactured. The PI sheet can, for example, contain information about the picking of raw materials as well as instructions about charging the mixer, filling silos, and so on.

The SAP PI sheet is designed for processing on the screen, which means that the process operator should enter, confirm, report, or complete data interactively. In this way, the PI sheet enables communication between the SAP System and process operators in production lines that are operated manually (either fully or partially).

Use

Depending on the characteristic-based process instructions or XSteps contained in a control recipe, the PI sheet supports the following functions:

· Displaying control information such as instructions for the process operator on how to carry out production steps

· Displaying additional notes, such as notes on specific rules that must be followed when dealing with dangerous goods

· Recording of actual process data

· Reporting of entered and calculated values using process messages, for example, posting goods issues and receipts or time-ticket confirmations

· Navigating to other SAP applications outside of PP-PI to make entries and afterwards return to the PI sheet

· Performing calculations, such as calculating dates

· Triggering a dialog or requesting data from internal or external applications

For further information on defining PI sheets using characteristic-based process instructions or XSteps see:

· Characteristic-Based Process Instructions for PI Sheets

· XSteps (Execution Steps)

When creating browser-based PI sheets, you can either use the standard layout defined by SAP or use your own layouts. For more information, see Layout Definition for PI Sheets and Cockpits.

Structure

The SAP Standard Layout

The following sections show you how the browser-based PI sheet is structured in the SAP standard layout and how the interface elements are displayed.

The browser-based PI sheets comprises a header and the individual phases of the process order. The header and all phases are open when you call the PI sheet and can be collapsed and expanded.

All functions are available in the context menu. In addition, a menu bar in the PI sheet header contains the functions that refer to the entire PI sheet. To display the context menu, you position the cursor on the corresponding field and use the right-hand mouse button. You can call the context menu using key combination Shift + F10.

The Header

The header is shown at the top of the PI sheet. It contains detailed information about the PI sheet that can be either hidden or displayed. If you click on the header, then detailed information about the header is displayed. The header contains information about:

· The status of the PI sheet (test or active PI sheet)

· Process order for which the PI sheet was created

· The material to be produced

· The batch to be produced if the material you want to produce is subject to batch management

· The number of the control recipe from which the PI sheet was created

· The number of the inspection lot if a QM inspection has been defined for the process order

The Phases

The lower section of the PI sheet comprises the phases of the process order. Each phase can be subdivided into several segments. Each time a long text is contained within a phase, a new segment is started, which is completed before the next long text.

Phases can contain the following elements:

· Control information, notes, and input fields for long texts that are displayed on the left-hand side

· All input fields, output fields, and pushbuttons that are displayed on the right-hand side.

· Tables that are displayed over the entire PI sheet screen.

Interface Elements

Interface Element

Output and Meaning

Expand

Collapse of Detailed Information

The icon shows that additional information can be displayed for a particular field. The icon can be found in the following places:

· Next to the phase number, in order to expand or collapse the phase

· Next to a note, to allow you to display the long text for the note

· Next to the signature display for the input fields, to display detailed information for the signature entered.

You can use the to collapse information which has been expanded.

  • Required Entry

A red asterisk to the right of input fields indicates that data must be entered into these fields so that, for example, a process message can be created or a process instruction can be completed.

Calculate data

This icon is always displayed to the right of a field if a value is to be calculated by the system. When you choose , the calculated value is displayed in the corresponding field.

Pushbutton

A pushbutton with the name of a function is displayed when a dynamic function call, such as a jump to QM inspection results recording, has been defined. When you choose the pushbutton, the corresponding function is called.

Input field

Input help

If the SAP system provides an input help for an input value, the icon is displayed to the right of the relevant input field. You can also use Ctrl + H to call up input help.

Fixed values

If fixed values have been defined for a characteristic, these values are offered in a dropdown list.

User-defined Suggested Values

Suggested values, that you have defined in the process instruction, are written directly to the input field. At first, they are displayed in blue. To use the default value, position the cursor in the input field and choose Continue.

Add table line

The icon at the end of a table indicates that you can add more lines to the table. When you choose , the system adds a new line at the end of the table.

Deviations

If a certain value range has been defined for an input value, the icon is used to indicate input values that deviate from this value range. To get more information about the deviation, choose .

In tables, the icon appears on the right in the table field.

Comments

Depending on the location in the PI sheet at which the comment was created, determines whether the icon is displayed for the comment.

· For a field:

The icon appears to the right of the field. To display or edit the comment, choose .

· For a table:

The icon appears to the right of the table. To display or edit the comment, choose .

· For a table field:

No icon appears here. It is only possible to tell from the Display Comment entry in the context menu that a comment is available.

· For the entire PI sheet:

No icon appears here. It is only possible to tell from the Display Comment entry in the context menu that a comment is available.

Signature Display in Tables

If you have entered digital signatures in tables with a signature strategy, the icon appears next to that particular line. When you choose , a dialog box appears containing the signatory name, the date and time when the signature was made, and if available, a comment by the signatory.

Navigation Using the Keyboard

In the PI sheet, you can use the mouse to access all the fields and call up all the functions. In addition, you can use the TAB key to navigate between active fields. With icons, you need to choose Enter to start the corresponding function or open the dialog box. If you set the focus to the icon, for example, and then choose Enter, values will be calculated.

The following fields are active in the PI sheet:

· Input fields

· Table lines that are ready for input

· Pushbuttons

· Icons that can be clicked, such as:

¡ Expansion of detailed information

¡ Collapse of detailed information

¡ Calculating data

¡ Adding table lines

¡ Display of deviations

¡ Display of comments

¡ Display of signatures

You can also use a key combination to call up the following functions:

Function

Key Combination

Call up context menu

Shift + F10

Call up input help

Ctrl + H

Integration

To create browser-based PI sheets, you must send your control recipes to a control recipe destination of type4 : Transfer to browser-based PI sheet.

Hope this helps.

Regards,

Tejas

Edited by: Tejas Pujara on Sep 24, 2008 10:41 AM

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