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Resource Network usage & feasibility


SAP Help on 'Resource Network' functionality is not clear on what exactly can be achieved by creating a resource network. I have the following requirement from the business users. Can someone validate whether it is feasible to do the same by defining a resource network?

We have a FG produced on three different production lines. Each of the production line is linked by pipes to the processing vessels where the bulk use to fill is manufactured. The constraint here is the bulk CANNOT be taken out of the vessel and used on a different production line.


Line L1 <-> linked to Vessel V1

Line L2 <-> linked to Vessel V2

Line L3 <-> linked to Vessel V3

Bulk PPM1 for vessel V1

Bulk PPM2 for vessel V2

Bulk PPM3 for vessel V3

All the PPM's have the same priority.

We have planned orders for the FG on L1, L2 & L3 in the same time period. This creates the dependent demand for the bulk produced in the vessels. The EXPECTATION here is that the bulk will be produced on the "correct" vessel as per the physical link which exist on the production floor. So there should be three bulk planned orders (ignore lot size constraints etc) for the three dependent demands.

However the bulk product planning heuristics (std lots) DOES NOT differentiate the dependent demands of the bulk based on where the demand is coming from. It creates planned orders on one vessel (say using alpha numeric sorting logic as ll the three vessels are exactly the same).

If we use Resource Network and create three linkages as below

L1 -> V1 Priority A

L2 -> V2 Priority A

L3 -> V3 Priority A

will the Std. Lots heuristics create three separate planned orders on V1, V2, V3 BECAUSE the dependent demand is coming from specific lines (which are defined as above)? I tried & the heuristics is not creating the planned orders as described above (I may be doing something wrong). I am not sure whether this is what the functionality is available in Resource Network or is it something different?


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