Market-driven inventory goals and flexible customer requirements required an efficient tool that takes into account a variety of factors to ensure a cost-effective and reliable production planning scenario.

Production planning was carried out outside the ERP system SAP in Excel, whereby only incomplete or insufficient information for the creation of a production plan could be taken into account.

To support the planning process and to create an optimized production plan, taking into account all relevant material influencing factors such as seasonality, min./max. inventory, product classifications for production compensation etc. , a planning tool has been designed, developed and implemented in SAP.

With the implementation, a positive contribution could be made to the requirement of optimized material availability according to the market requirements accompanied with an optimized inventory level.