A campaign (a group, an order network, an aggregated cascade) is a combination of production and/or process orders with identical and/or different material numbers, in which there is a relationship among the production and/or process orders and, where applicable, additional boundary conditions exist.
A campaign recipe is a combination of identical and/or distinct material numbers with relationships and offset times.
Many customers desire an additional campaign construct, which we describe as a campaign complex. A campaign complex is a campaign that still contains its initial campaign information. Such a campaign complex is needed when many modifications to the campaign are carried out. With this complex, it becomes possible to restore the campaign's initial state even after a great deal of rescheduling and moving campaigns. The campaign complex is not connected with the aim of maintaining a rollback function – the deployed APS system offers this innately. The idea with this functionality is trying to derive a special campaign recipe for a special product situation from the general campaign recipe, which can be edited as needed.
ORSOFT's solution for campaign planning with SAP ERP / SAP S/4HANA supports varying types of campaigns:
In single material campaigns, many orders of identical materials are joined. As needed, a single material campaign is organized with orders for setup at the beginning and cleaning at the end of the order process (see Figure 1). There are also cases where an additional cleaning order must be inserted after a specified number of orders in the campaign.
In multi-material campaigns, there are many orders of various materials, which are produced from one or several resources (compare the following Figures 2-7). A special multi-material campaign is depicted in Figure 7. This comes into being when logistical chains/trees are formed via CTP planning.
In split campaigns, an order produces a material that is necessary for many successor materials, which are independent of each other. These can be produced from one resource (Figure 3) or several resources (Figure 6). Typical examples include orders with a large number of pieces, whose material is then packaged in different ways and whose base materials are used as a raw material in many subsequent product lines.
In combining campaigns, materials are produced in many independent order lines that serve as predecessor material for a single material; for example, the final package (see Figure 4).
In overlapping campaigns, the resource allocation overlaps in the predecessor material for a number of orders. Identical materials can produced (see Figure 2) that overlap in at least one resource. The last case occurs, for example, when a single team is responsible for filling many resources with raw materials.