SAP Oil & Gas (TSW - Trader's and Scheduler's Workbench)
Trader's and Scheduler's Workbench (TSW) provides functions for stock projection and for planning and scheduling bulk shipments using nominations. TSW provides the relevant master data to model the supply chain. The stock projection, planning, and nomination processes enable the scheduler to schedule bulk shipments while taking into account supply, demand, and available transportation.
To use the component TSW, you must activate TSW in the current system and client. To do this, in Customizing for Industry Solution Oil & Gas (Downstream) choose TSW (Trader's and Scheduler's Workbench) ® Basic Functions ® Specify TSW control parameters and select the TSW active indicator.
To ensure full integration with the SAP Oil & Gas solution, the underlying document flow of a scheduled goods movement is initiated by the TSW user. This involves the automatic creation of shipments using the Transportation and Distribution (TD) component, and the creation of all TD-relevant and subsequent material movement documents.
The Oil Quantity Conversion function provided in the SAP Oil & Gas solution is also integrated with TSW. In order for the Quantity Conversion Interface (QCI) to work properly in TSW, the necessary conversion data must be defined for the material, plant, storage location, and batch.
You use following master data objects in the TSW application:
· Transport system (TS)
· Location (business location) and material
· Partner role
The graphic depicts a single transport system with two locations. The location in the upper left of the diagram is effectively an origin (supply) location, while the location in the lower right is effectively a destination (receiving) location. However, each location can be defined to act as both an origin and destination. Master data objects in the R/3 System, such as customer, vendor, or plant are linked to the locations and transport system using TSW partner roles.
Processes and Functions
The following planning tools are provided by the TSW application:
- Planning (Replenishment Proposals and Safety/Target Stock Calculation)
- Stock Projection Worksheet (SPW)
- Location Balancing
The following scheduling tools are provided by the TSW application:
- Three-Way Pegging (3WP)
- Berth Planning Board (BPB)
The following sequence is recommended to properly model the supply chain using TSW master data objects:
- You define you transport system in the TSW master data transaction.
- You define locations or business locations in the TSW master data transaction.
- You assign materials to locations.
- You assign locations to the transport system.
- You create partner roles for the transport system and/or locations.
The following sequence is recommended to properly set up planning data:
- You generate the Stock Projection Worksheet.
- You use the Stock Projection Worksheet to perform stock projection.
Generating the Stock Projection Worksheet is required, before using the Planning functions or Worklist for the first time.
- You generate the replenishment proposals based on the demand information from the Stock Projection Worksheet.
- You generate the Worklist.
The following sequence is an example of a scheduling scenario:
- You create a nomination and assign documents to nomination line items.
- You send the nomination to your partner, such as a carrier.
- You confirm or reject nomination line items, based on information from the carrier.
- You enter the ticket details based on the carrier ticket and physical goods movements.
- You validate the ticket against the nomination line items.
- The system automatically creates the underlying shipment documents and posts documents.