scheduling agreement release
please explain about me84. where it is considered mandatory. please explain the cycle.
Contract is where you have a contract with the vendor,may be a for a predetermined quantity or predefined value. So everytime you need the matl, you need to make PO ref the contract asking for the delivery of the matl. In such instance when PO is ref with contract its called contract release orders or call off orders.
Scheduling agreement is a long term purchase agreement, where you will keep issuing the delivery schedules whenever there is a change in requirement or at predetermined time intervals. The delivery schedule can be on hour/daily/weekly/monthly basis. But it will contain different zones viz. firm/tradeoff/Forecast. Firm zone schedules are confirmed requirement and need to be taken by ordered party. Tradeoff zone requirement is to purchase the raw materails and ordering party is liable to pay raw material cost, in case of requirement cancellation. Forecast zone requirement is to help the vendor to plan his requirements.
SA is also an agreement with the vendor for the supply of matl, may be a quanity or value. The delivery dates will be maintained in ME38 ref the SA which are called delivery schedules.So you can maintain the delivery schedule and communicate the vendor on Forecase basis or JIT basis. And when you need some more matl then will only create SA deliveries using ME38. SA could be of 2 types:- without release documentation-system will transmit the delivery info to the vendor once you save the document.
With release documentation- after creating the delivery schedules you need to create SA release using ME84.
Please check with screen shots:
How to create a scheduling agreement : http://web.mit.edu/sapr3/windocs/bpors11m.htm
Further guide about scheduling agreements :
Scheduling agreement process in ERP: http://help.sap.com/SCENARIOS_BUS2004/helpdata/EN/E0/103C413B456E24E10000000A155106/content.htm