SA Releases (Forecast or JIT Delivery Schedules)
The schedule lines of a scheduling agreement release contain finalized information for the vendor regarding quantities and delivery dates. The schedule lines are recorded with the aid of the release documentation and can thus be displayed and verified at any time. The release documentation enables you to see which schedules you transmitted to the vendor during the last two weeks, for example, and check the correctness of goods receipts against the relevant schedule lines.
There are two kinds of scheduling agreement release:
(FRC) delivery schedule
Provides the vendor with longer-term data regarding the quantities needed of a material and when delivery is required. In such schedules, the timing of delivery is usually expressed in terms of calendar months or weeks. Note: approximately equivalent EDI terms for the ”forecast delivery schedule” are: ”planning schedule with release capability” (ANSI 830) ”delivery schedule (message)” (EDIFACT DELFOR), and ”delivery instruction” (ODETTE DELINS).
Just-in-Time (JIT) delivery
Provides the vendor with data on required quantities and desired delivery dates/times covering the near future.In such schedules, the timing of delivery is usually expressed in terms of specific days or even times of the day. Note: equivalent EDI terms for the ”JIT delivery schedule” are: ”Shipping schedule”: (ANSI 862) and ”Delivery just in time message” (EDIFACT DELJIT).
Using creation profiles, you can define the criteria for the creation of SA releases (for example, you can influence the quantities and dates transmitted). SAP recommends defining the Creation profile field as a mandatory-entry field (in Customizing for Purchasing: Scheduling Agreement ® Define Screen Layout at Document Level).
If you use the Supplier Workplace, you can make scheduling agreement releases (FRC and JIT schedules) available to your vendors via the Internet.
For more information, refer to the section Internet Release.
· Scheduling agreement releases (FRC and JIT schedules) can only be generated for scheduling agreements with release documentation (in the standard system, document type LPA). (In the standard system, the Release docu. indicator is selected for document type LPA in Customizing for Purchasing under Scheduling Agreement à Define Document Types.)
· If you wish to work with JIT delivery schedules, the JIT schedule indicator must be set in the material master record (Purchasing or MRP 2 view) and the Additional data of the scheduling agreement item.
agreement (SA) releases can be generated on a regular basis using a report
(which can be run online or in the background). To call up the report, choose
® Scheduling agreement ® Create release.
See also: Example: Creation Profile/Creating Releases.
You can also create SA releases via the maintenance menu for scheduling agreement delivery schedules with Edit ® Create <FRC/JIT>. In this way, you can create either forecast or JIT delivery schedules for the item in question.