The SAP-Add-On for Improved Variant Configuration
VCPowerPack is an SAP add-on to extend and improve the SAP standard variant configuration, with the possibility to configure various products in real time. The software solution helps our customers to describe complex products and support their calculation and manufacturing to the fullest extent. With its customized possibilities for configuration, it extends existing SAP functions without modification of the basic code. VCPowerPack is individually applicable – for every customer and every project.
How Can VCPowerPack Help Optimize Your Product Processes?
VCPowerPack Core Features
CoreVC is a standardized, configurable framework for interaction with SAP LO-VC. It enables the maintenance of multiple product groups within the same SAP configuration and provides the integration of parts lists and work plans. Through the object dependencies, as well as the possibility to set the properties for a new calculation of values within the configuration model, you achieve significant performance enhancements.
Multiple Usable Configuration Models
One configuration model can be used for multiple similar products.
Configuration Model Container
All product related rules and dependencies are integrated in the container for the respective configuration model. They help in setting in-house standards and automating repeating configurations. If, theoretically, a product can be produced in multiple ways, rules can determine which machine is able to facilitate production based on its dimensions. Once found, further rules for the optimal production route (cheapest, fastest, temporarily preferred) are proposed.
Multiple Units in One VC
Length or weight units for the material can be incorporated metrically or imperially and control offer, contract, and production orders accordingly.
A product family needs to be produced in different locations? Then everyone can revert to the same set of rules. The VC is then fed through the differing, local machine parks.
SmartVC offers you an intuitive and user-friendly configuration interface. Settings for products or components are arranged in a clear and intuitive tree structure. A traffic light system for status checks and well thought-out and detailed status reports simplify adaptions, helping to correct wrong entries. The dynamic display and real time updates enable quick and reliable entries and calculations.
Intuitive Configuration Interface
The tree structure of the configuration process allows the user to operate the configuration in a guided fashion. Logically built, it guides the user through the supply chain, from the big picture to the details. The separation in sales, production, and logistic elements also allows a processing by various expert bodies. With that being said, due to our set of rules in CoreVC, this is in nearly a 100% of our customer applications not necessary.
Status Message with Hint Text
Through a traffic light system, it is evident in every stage of the product description which information are still missing.
Dependent on the input of the user parts of the structure, the user interface opens and closes, thus hiding unnecessary fields and directories.
Automatic Route Determination (Routing Supervisor)
The ideal production route is optimized by parameters that you choose, be it costs or capacities. A processing machine is depicted by an SAP workplace, which provides the information, i.e. processing dimensions, which necessary for the automation. SmartVC identifies all possible combinations, selects the most suitable and list alternatives.
Additionally, a backwards definition of the process-relevant material requirements and quantity of waste is supported.
MD stands for MassData. SmartMD assists with the master data management for material masters, parts list classifications, work place assignments, customer material info records, and so on. Further functionalities for initiating diverse workflows, as well as the work across important interfaces are also integrated. An otherwise sparsely supported manual creation of data and processes is automatically created by SmartMD to a pre-defined moment, which saves time and avoids mistakes.
Through a comprehensive protocol the creation of an object can be retraced. The status report shows possible problems, i.e. that the creation process cannot be conducted by SAP.
Duplicate Check and Material Systems
Before new material masters are created (MM01), it is determined whether material masters with the same configuration already exist.
Workflow of Standard SAP Transactions
Standard SAP transactions are automatically initiated in the background:
- Material master management (MM01)
Material masters can be created in multiple organizational units (Locations or organizational hierarchy).
- Maintain info records
Customer material info record (VD51).
- Condition maintenance
Creation of the selling price as master record (VK11).
- Material calculation
As a basis for further processing steps, the material newly calculated with certain parameters (CK11)
- Parts list classification
The new material is allocated to the parts list (CS40).
- Work plan classification
The new work plan is assigned (CA02).
- Receipt update
To keep the number of master data low in your system, offers are created with dummy materials. During the course of an order the dummy is replaced with newly created and fully pronounced material number. All additional information, such as texts, remain unchanged.
PLM (Product Lifecycle Management)
Updates materials and their respective parts list. Adaption of configuration in case of changed resources, tools or printing plates. This equals a versioning of the material master.
Products of different usage but similar technical specifications, can be combined through separate steps to reduce costs.
Mass Maintenance Material Configuration
If modifications need to be done over time, because texts, manufacturer, packaging scheme, tool number or something similar has changed, adaptions to the materials can be rolled out through mass updates.
Pre-defined upload-data assists with the adoption of master data from the previous system(s). This optimizes the expense, that inevitably occurs during new installations of systems.
SmartPR enables you to edit your prices and adapt product relevant information clearly in one interface. Per product line you can overview the computation behavior for price conditions, table, and field values. You can simulate multiple quantity scales, compare them, and save them in suitable sales documents. Updating documents and material after changes occurs automatically.
In the offer, defined selling prices conform automatically to the underlying master record.
In SmartPR, performed price adjustments are written back into the offer.