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In this process, you prepare the individual steps to be carried out in manufacturing a material. You enter general data relating to the production steps and data that is required in downstream processes (for instance scheduling and costing).

The process steps described in the following are also taken into account in the other processes for working on routings, which describe the initial steps for doing this as well as various other aspects. Use this process if you want to process all the operation and suboperation data at once, irrespective of whether or not they are thematically linked.

If you control processes in manufacturing with execution steps (XSteps) (see XSteps in Shop Floor Control ), you can invoke the XStep editor in the operation overview. In the XStep editor, you can assign standard XSteps that you have already created in the standard XStep repository to the header of the routing and the individual operations, or you can create XSteps directly.


The following data already exists in the system:

  • General entries relating to the routing header data

  • The master records of the work centers where the production steps are to be carried out.

  • For externally processed operations, data on the relevant vendor

Process Flow

  1. You represent the individual production steps in your routing as follows:

    – You create an operation for each production step.

    – To add more detail to an operation, you create suboperations.

    In doing so, you specify the following:

    – In the case of operations and suboperations processed in-house, the work center at which they are to be carried out

    If the work center cannot be determined until later (for instance, not until just before the routing is adopted in the production order or run schedule header), assign a dummy work center as placeholder.

    – The control key that determines the business properties of the operations and suboperations

  2. As a prerequisite for routing scheduling, capacity planning, and costing, you enter the following details about the operations and suboperations of the routing:

    – In the case of in-house operations and suboperations, you enter standard values and, if necessary, user fields with additional data for which no provision is made in the standard system.

    – In the case of externally processed operations and suboperations, you assign the data on the vendor who is to be commissioned to do the work.

  3. If you have the Payroll Accounting (PY) component installed and you work with incentive wages, you can enter a wage type on the General Data detail screen. This is then adopted as the default value in time tickets and time ticket confirmations.

  4. If a quality inspection is to be carried out for a process step, you specify in the QM data for the operation:

    – Which entry view is called up first when you confirm the inspection results

    – How long the inspection interval between inspection points is

    – Whether the last partial lot assignment takes place during results recording for the operation (optional)

  5. You enter a long text with explanations and notes for the operation or suboperation

  6. If you wish to enter XSteps for an operation, choose XSteps in the operation overview.

    The XSteps editor then appears. There you can enter XSteps or reference standard XSteps (see Assign XSteps in Application ).

  7. Save the routing.