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Hello Everyone,

SAP Manufacturing Execution (SAP ME) has some very powerful features that allows you to perform in the manufacturing process.

I would like to share the Sampling feature that allows you to detect possible process problems and identify nonconforming product early in the manufacturing process to prevent excess rework or scrap cost. In this blog post, you will find valuable notes related to the basic configuration for Sampling Process in SAP ME.

High Level Overview

  • Routing Maintenance.

  • Sample Plan Maintenance

  • NC Code Maintenance.

  • Data Collection Maintenance

  • Shop Order Maintenance

  • Shop Order Release


  • SFC Group Report

Detailed Steps:

Step 1: Routing Maintenance

  1. Created Production Routing.

  2. Created Sample Routing

  3. Sample Routing layout

Step 2: Sample Plan Maintenance

  1. Created Sample plan - Type: Custom, attach Sample Routing - NC Severity Threshold

  2. In Details tab, capture the SFC Group Size and Sample fixed number,
    Accept and Reject numbers.

  3. In the Attached tabà Material and Operation assigned

Step 3: NC Code Maintenance

  1. Created NC Code and assigned the NC data type to collect the defect count.
    NC Severity for the NC Code

Step 4: Data Collection Maintenance

  1. Created DC Group (AST_DC)

  2. In the Attached tab assign the operation where the data to be collected.

  3. Added parameter details the min and max value added, soft limit check
    enabled, the Auto log NC is also enabled and attached the NC Code.

Step 5: Shop Order Maintenance

  1. Created the Shop Order(Production Order) in S4 or ME.

Step 6: Shop Order Release

  1. Released the shop order(Production Order) with 20 qty à SFC generated.

Step 7: POD SFC

  1. In POD the 1st Operation is completed and the 2nd Operation be processed.

  2. The 2nd Operation is Started and the SFC will be in Complete pending status
    at the Second operation until the sample is processed. Click on SAMPLING.

  3. The SFC Group number generated, the sample qty is split based on the fixed number,
    new Sample SFC is generated. Click OK to proceed.

  4. The Original SFC will be in hold until the Sample SFC is processed.
    The Sample operation is started and the DC value is collected with outside of the min/max value.

  5. The alert message is displayed to enter the defect Count.

  6. The Data collected is saved confirming the outside value.

  7. The NC Code is logged and the defect Count qty is updated. Click on Add – Done.

  8. After the NC is logged the SFC is Dispositioned to Rework or Next(ASTPACKING)
    Operation. Selected REWORK Operation and click Continue.

  9. After the Rework is processed the Sample SFC is sent to Next operation or
    Scrapped based on the inspection.

  10. The Sample SFC Qty is Scrapped and the SFC group is rejected.

Step 8: SFC Group Report

  1. The Sample status can be viewed in the SFC Group Report using the parameters


The above process summarizes the understanding of the Sampling process, and I hope that you all understand it.

Thank you for reading the blog post and stay tuned! to learn more about SAP Manufacturing and Execution.

For further questions related to the blog, please check the Q&A area, and feel free to post your questions and feedback.