Exploring SAP Applications for Production Capacity Leveling (3LQ)

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Identify SAP applications for production capacity leveling (3LQ)
  • Review business process scenarios for production capacity leveling (3LQ)

SAP Applications for Production Capacity Leveling (3LQ)

Associated SAP Fiori Apps

Production Capacity Leveling for Discrete Manufacturing:

  • Capacity Scheduling Table (F3770)
  • Capacity Scheduling Board (F3951) SAP Fiori App

Production Capacity Leveling for Process Manufacturing:

  • Capacity Scheduling Table (F3770)
  • Capacity Scheduling Board (F3951) SAP Fiori App

Capacity Scheduling Table (F3770)


This app was previously known as Schedule Production. With this app, you can preschedule your orders to be dispatched from a pacemaker work center based on its priority. You can select the source of supply (production version) and the work centers to dispatch the orders on the dates that you choose. A work center with the capacity duration that meets the capacity required to complete the operation gets highlighted for ease of selection. The app uses midpoint scheduling to adjust the operational time (of dispatch, reschedule and so on) according to the strategy that you have set. You can switch production versions when the work center capacity is insufficient or reschedule orders that are coinciding in a time slot.

Key Features

  • Filter orders based on your area of responsibility and industry type.

  • Control important scheduling parameters such as planning mode, scheduling strategy (finite or infinite scheduling) and direction of your orders.

  • Opt to view capacity requirement using colors (red, green, and yellow) to know whether the work center capacity would suffice.

  • Set the maximum number of days possible to schedule orders in the past.

  • Execute mass dispatch or deallocation of order operations.

  • Filter and resolve late or overdue orders.

  • Realign your scheduled orders to a past or a future date and time.

  • Navigate to the Variant Configuration screen (advanced variant configuration) to view the product configuration for the production orders (indicated by an icon).

  • Reschedule or deallocate a scheduled operation on a different date.

  • Firm or unfirm deallocated planned orders.

  • View the sources of supply that are relevant to your order.

  • View the requirement date based on dynamic pegging.

  • View the work center capacity based on the bucket type (day, week, or shift) that you have selected.

  • Change the source of supply if there is insufficient capacity to dispatch the order.

  • Review all the orders dispatched for the day and deallocate them (if necessary).

  • Select the pacemaker work centers you want to dispatch the order to.

  • View time slots that have sufficient capacity to dispatch orders or to edit the slots (in dispatch by sequence planning mode) that have overlapping order operation capacity.

  • Change the sequence of order in the sequence table using the drag-and-drop feature.

  • View the list of phases for the sequential operations of process orders.


Before you start working on this app, make sure the following criteria are met:

  • Make sure that only one user signs in to a user account. When multiple users log in with the same user account, only the changes of the last logged-in user are saved.

  • Note that the app considers only bottleneck operations of an order that are identified (based on the production line) in the production version.

  • Maintain the right production line otherwise you will not be able to schedule orders for the production version. To do this, follow the steps given below:
    1. Navigate to the Change Material app.
    2. Choose the MRP 4 tab.
    3. Choose the ProdVersionsbutton under the BOM explosion/dependent requirements section. The Production Versions Overview popup displays.
    4. Select the right production version. The Production Version Details popup displays.
    5. Under the Repetitive Manufacturing section, enter the pacemaker work center in the Production Line field.
  • Make sure that the correct number of individual capacities are maintained for process industry orders if you have phases running in parallel. Otherwise, the phases are scheduled sequentially (even in parallel phases).
  • Alternate and parallel sequences are not supported in production routing for both process and discrete industries.

In addition to the above, you need the following role assigned to your user to use the app: Production Planner

You also need the following role assigned to your user to enable navigation to apps that let you manage products, orders, or operations:

  • Production Supervisor - Discrete Manufacturing

  • Production Supervisor - Process Manufacturing

Capacity Scheduling Board (F3951)


This app was previously known as Monitor Work Center Schedules. With this app, you get an overview of the operations performed at your work centers by visualizing their schedules over a time period. Pacemaker work centers are critical as they help determine the schedule of an order. You can use this app to plan optimum utilization of pacemaker work centers by matching their capacities with those of the orders that have to be dispatched.

Key Features

You can use this app to:

  • View your work centers and their schedules on a chart for a selected time period based on filter criteria such as product number, scheduling status, plant, MRP area, and so on.
    Only pacemaker work centers are displayed by default. You can also view all work centers that meet your filter criteria.
  • View different types of filtered and unfiltered operations for each work center on the chart.

    Horizon, Work Center, Work Center Group, and Plant behave like regular filters and only those operations that match the filter criteria are displayed on the chart. Such operations are named Filtered operations and are represented using shades of green.

    In case of all other filters, not only are the operations that match the filter criteria displayed in green, those operations that do not match the filter criteria are also displayed. Such operations are named Unfiltered operations and are represented using shades of gray.

    See the chart legend to know the type of operation each shape and color combination represents

  • View on the chart, in gray, the non-working time of work centers.

  • Expand a work center to view operations that overlap.

  • Choose a work center to view contextual information and all possible actions that can be performed on that work center by navigating to related apps.

  • Choose Set Strategy to select the Scheduling Control and Direction for your scheduling strategy.

    Planning Mode is always Sequence.

  • Select an operation in a pacemaker work center on the chart and choose Manage Operation to view free slots on a chart in a new page based on your strategy, and perform the following actions:

    • View details related to the operation.

    • Change the scheduling start or scheduling end of the operation based on the direction set in the strategy, and Reschedule the operation.

    • Select a free slot on the chart to view the Free Slot Details and choose Dispatchto dispatch this operation to that slot.

    • Select any dispatched operation on the chart and Deallocate it.

    • Select an operation on the chart and view the Operation Info.

    • View vertical lines on the chart representing the different dates related to the order.


    Pacemaker work center of the production version of the operation is displayed first in the list, followed by work centers of alternative routings.

  • Select all the filtered operations on the chart by choosing Filtered Operations.

  • Select one or more pacemaker work center and choose Schedule Production to navigate to the app, where you can schedule orders to be dispatched from these pacemaker work centers.

  • Select one or more operation on the chart and choose Order Details to view details of each order in a new page along with its schedule of operations and alternative routings on a chart, and in gray, the time during which shifts, or intervals do not exist.


    To select more than one operation on the chart, press and hold Ctrl.

    The time during which shifts, or intervals do not exist is displayed only for 90 days in the past and 90 days in the future.

  • Select one or more operation on the chart and choose Operation Info for an overview of each operation and the details of the corresponding work center and order.

  • Display order IDs and product IDs on operations from chart settings.

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