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The productive working time of a capacity. If a capacity consists of several individual capacities: The productive working time for an individual capacity multiplied by the number of capacities. You can use a conversion factor to express an available capacity in another unit, for example tonnes.

The productive working time is also called operating time in the SAP system.


The active version is used for scheduling and capacity planning.


Operating Time

The available capacity is always expressed with reference to a day or a shift .You enter:

  • Work start and work finish

    That is, at what time work starts and when it finishes.

  • Breaks

    The time during working time that is taken up by breaks.

  • Rate of capacity utilization

    The working time that remains after breaks can only be used productively up to a certain percentage (for example, due to organizational disturbances). This percentage is known as the rate of capacity utilization.

  • The number of individual capacities, that the capacity consists of.

The system calculates the operating time as:

Operating time = (Working time - Break time) x Capacity utilization rate/100%

The available capacity is then:

Available capacity = Operating time x number of individual capacities

The graphic below illustrates the relationships between these parameters.

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Standard Available Capacity

In the simplest form you enter available capacities as standard available capacities. The validity period of a standard available capacity is not limited. The same capacity is available on every working day of the factory calendar. It is not possible to distribute the available capacity to several shifts.

Available Capacity Versions

If a standard available capacity does not satisfy your requirements, create an available capacity version and activate it. It is then used (instead of the standard available capacity) for scheduling and capacity planning.