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ORSOFT Manufacturing Workbench - Demo Environment for SAP Best Practices

How to get started

1. Install the demo scenario for your SAP Best Practices package

The ORSOFT Manufacturing Workbench - Demo Environment for SAP Best Practices has been tested with the demo scenarios (*) from the following packages:

SAP Best Practices for Chemicals V1.605 (localized for US)

(*) for older versions of SAP Best Practices for Chemicals or Pharmaceuticals, a demo CD with equivalent content may be available under a slightly different name - please check here.

2. Request a free of charge demo environment - online delivery - for ORSOFT Manufacturing Workbench and the appropriate SAP Best Practices package using this order form

3. Test drive ORSOFT Manufacturing Workbench using the live demo scenario with your SAP Best Practices server.

4. Contact OR Soft to prepare a live demonstration for your specific data scenario.

The solution is licensed on a cost-by-workplace basis by OR Soft. The solution can go life and be used in a productive way within a matter of days assisted by OR Soft Customer Support.

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ORSOFT Manufacturing Workbench - Total View


The idea of Best Practices is to provide templates for a specific industry sector to mid-size industry customers that enable them to rapidly implement the ERP system SAP R/3 resp. SAP Business Suite.

Some current SAP Best Practices Industry Packages contain an optional building block "ORSOFT Manufacturing Workbench" (or "Manufacturing Workbench for SAP ERP" in older packages) with installation and configuration guide as well as a description of the business procedures. This allows customers that use a SAP Best Practices Industry Package to get a first idea about the functions of ORSOFT Manufacturing Workbench and its integration into the business processes and production scenarios of the package.

ORSOFT Manufacturing Workbench is a SAP-endorsed business solution.

OR Soft delivers a demo environment for ORSOFT Manufacturing Workbench that contains a pre-configured standard version adapted to the specific SAP Best Practices production model and scenarios. You can explore the functions of ORSOFT Manufacturing Workbench using this demo environment and the demonstration data provided as part of the respective SAP Best Practices Industry Packages. There is also a standalone demo version that does not need a live SAP system with Best Practices but uses model data that has been captured from the respective industry package scenario.

ORSOFT Manufacturing Workbench - Planning Results

ORSOFT Manufacturing Workbench - Materials Cockpit

Function List

The following functions are provided to support the "ORSOFT Manufacturing Workbench" building block:

  • Enhanced user interface and overview:
    • Analyse and evaluate a production schedule
    • Execute Dynamic ATP check for process orders
    • Call of SAP ERP transactions
  • Simple scheduling functions:
    • Schedule planned orders at basic dates or interactively and convert into process orders
    • Reschedule scheduled planned orders and process orders
    • Unschedule scheduled planned orders
    • Publish, unschedule or remove simulated data
  • Complex planning functions to replace the MRP run:
    • Plan predecessor products
    • Execute MRCP run -single or multiple level- from PIR or from Materials Cockpit
ORSOFT Manufacturing Workbench - MRCP

Key Points

The "ORSOFT Manufacturing Workbench" building block allows to:

  • schedule and reschedule planned and process orders with simultaneous consideration of resource allocation, capacity and material requirements
  • create technologically feasible process orders from planned orders
  • carry out "what if" examinations based on a copy of the production model and create simulated data objects
  • convert simulated objects into SAP ERP objects
  • get overview over MRP elements in spreadsheet-like grids
  • permanently calculate and present planned future stock levels, material availability and range of coverage even for large scale data models

ORSOFT Manufacturing Workbench supports the detailed production and execution scheduling (APS, MES) as well as the planning of the in-house supply chain. It can be used as a simplified user interface for the SAP ERP system with regard to production logistics. Additionally it can be used as a platform for individualisation of higher level functions.

ORSOFT Manufacturing Workbench - View

User Interface Elements

The following user interface elements are provided:

  • Views combine various time-phased graphical displays for selected resources and materials, the standard includes:
    • Gantt chart (displays bar graphs for the allocation of operations to resources on a horizontal time scale, enhanced with color coding and auxiliary text display for relevant data)
    • Histogram (displays the stock changes of materials, tanks and containers on a horizontal time scale, with the possibility to take into account the storage capacity restrictions)
  • Browser (displays most important fields of master data or transactional data in a grid-based, spreadsheet-type window with editable text cells, calculated text or graphic interpretation cells and functions for sorting, searching, filtering and selection of data objects).

Potential Benefits

Potential benefits of using ORSOFT Manufacturing Workbench result from the easiness of getting an overview (transparency of the planned production process) and from the enhanced usability (scheduling and rescheduling of orders).


The planning capabilities of the SAP ERP system are enhanced without the need for additional infrastructure, terminology or data extension.