The ShopVue-SAP R/3 interface (svSAP) allows you to front end your SAP system with a state-of-the-art shop floor data collection and control software system.
The svSAP interface automatically downloads from SAP the necessary information for accurate shop floor data collection, order tracking and efficiency reporting. Soon after operators report transactions on the shop floor, svSAP uploads information like materials consumed and direct labor charges to SAP.
Ultimately, the svSAP interface enables SAP to display your updated order status, additional actual labor, materials consumed and transfers to finished goods inventory.
Separate Interfaces Available for Different Types of SAP Orders
ShopVue offers the following separate svSAP interface add-ons based on your SAP usage:
• Production Orders (PP-PDC)
• Process Orders (PI-PCS)
• Projects, Customer Service and Internal Orders (CATS)
• Repetitive Manufacturing Orders (PP-REM)
These interfaces were built using standard SAP interface technologies for the specific order types with a solution that integrates the two systems.
Validation and Error Handling
ShopVue uses order information from SAP to interactively validate each operator entry. For example, if ShopVue knows a standard in SAP is 100 pieces per hour, ShopVue can warn an operator if she attempts to report a quantity that is less than X percentage (user-defined) of this standard.
svSAP extends the standard SAP interface and validates these entries again when it updates SAP through its core interface. In the unlikely event that an error slips through, svSAP returns the error to ShopVue for correction and automatic reposting.
With the svSAP interface, you can release orders from different SAP plants into the appropriate instance of ShopVue. ShopVue operators and supervisors don’t have to worry about charging work to the right plant. The svSAP interface automatically applies labor and material transactions to the correct plant when exported back to SAP.
The Changes Only feature ensures ShopVue will only download new orders and changes to existing orders, limiting network traffic and speeding download time. Seconds after planners input that new hot job into SAP, operators can begin working on the job in ShopVue.
ShopVue-SAP interactions happen automatically at frequent intervals. If either system is temporarily unavailable, the svSAP interface queues transactions until a connection is reestablished.
Corrections in ShopVue
Supervisors can make corrections to operator transactions in one place – ShopVue. svSAP uses either replacement (PP-PDC) or delta logic (PI-PCS and PP-REM) along with its export history to transmit the correction to SAP to keep the two systems in sync.