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In SAP Digital Manufacturing (SAP DM), Discrete / Production Orders are normally executed in Work Center or Operation Activity PODs.

However, it is a little-known fact that executing Production Orders is also possible in Order POD with minor setup needed.

Order POD

Order POD is a very powerful POD, normally used in SAP Digital Manufacturing (SAP DM) for Process Industry to manage and track Process Orders through the production process.

Out of the box, it provides an easy-to-use interface for viewing a list of orders for selected work centers, resources, materials, and planned date ranges. The list of orders displayed is based on the orders already released and planned for that time frame, work center and resource.

Once an order is selected from the list, Order POD provides access to a wide range of functionality. Users can view the order header information, work instructions, and a list of phases/operations.

Order POD enables users to confirm Operations and report Yield and Scrap quantities at phase/operation level, report Goods Issue and Goods Receipt, and provide other capabilities like creating Batches, posting Activity Confirmation, capturing Data Collections, creating Downtimes and Nonconformances.

In addition to these features, Order POD also allows users to print order details or an order label, view OEE KPIs, and much more.

Setup of Discrete Production Orders in Order POD

Minor setup is needed at SAP Digital Manufacturing level in order to enable Order POD for Discrete Production Orders. See details below:

  • In Manage Materials app, Autocomplete and Confirm flag for the required material is set to "NO"

  • In Manage Routings/Recipes app, Relaxed Flow flag is set to "YES" for the Master Routing

  • In POD Designer app, create or copy an existing Order POD and set the Order Selection Type in the Order Selection List plugin to "Production"

  • In Manage Collaboration Links app, all required Collaboration Links are mapped to the respective Collaboration Directives. See some examples below:







See more details at: Manage Collaboration Links.

Other pre-requisites are:

  • User have Production_Operator Role.

  • User is assigned to the relevant Work Centers in Manage User Assignments app.

Once this minor setup is done, Order POD should start showing Production Orders integrated from ERP and is ready to go!


Pros, benefits and extra features available for Discrete Production Orders in Order POD

  • Material Consumption look and feel instead of Assembly look and feel

  • Material Consumption using Formulas

  • Consumption of Materials which are not planned in the Bill of Material

  • Batch Creation for Goods Receipt

  • Batch Characteristics Update

  • Goods Receipt posting for specific selected Batches

  • Goods Receipt using Formulas


And much more!


Cons, disadvantages and missing featues in Order POD

While Order POD can be a very powerful tool for executing Discrete Production Orders, it does have some limitations and drawbacks that users should be aware of.

The first one is that only ERP Integrated Orders are supported in Order POD. Standalone orders directly created in SAP Digital Manufacturing level are not supported in Order POD.

Another disadvantage is that it currently lacks support for tool management plugins. This can make it challenging for manufacturers to manage tools during the production process.

Another missing feature is the lack of sign off functionality, which can make it difficult to pause and restart orders when needed. This can be particularly problematic in complex production environments where unexpected interruptions are common.

Additionally, the split/merge functionality is very limited, as it is only possible at the beginning of the process before any confirmations are posted. This can create challenges for managing Discrete Production Orders that require flexibility and adaptability during the manufacturing process.

Another drawback is the limited precision in which the system can track and capture traceability and genealogy data, particularly in Lot Size 1 / SFC-based production scenarios. However, in batch or mill production, this level of precision may be sufficient, and higher precision requirements could result in additional efforts for Workers.

Overall, while the Order POD has many strengths, it is important to be aware of its limitations and to evaluate whether it meets the specific needs of a particular manufacturing environment.



In conclusion, running Discrete Production Orders in Order POD brings many enhancements, benefits and extra features to the manufacturing process.

One key advantage is the ability to manage material consumption in a way that provides a clearer look and feel, rather than the more complex assembly-oriented approach. This is further enhanced through the use of formulas, which enable accurate tracking and reporting of material usage.

Another benefit is the ability to consume materials that are not included in the BOM, providing greater flexibility and adaptability in production processes. The Order POD also enables the creation of batch numbers for goods receipt, along with the updating of batch characteristics and specific posting for goods receipt.

Overall, Order POD is a very versatile POD that can provide significant benefits to Discrete Production Orders execution. By leveraging its features and capabilities, companies can gain greater visibility and control over material consumption, batch information, and goods receipt, ultimately leading to more accurate reports, improved efficiency, productivity.

Experiencing SAP Digital Manufacturing

You can have a glimpse and experience several aspects of SAP Digital Manufacturing via the Interactive Value Journeys below:

Discrete within SAP Digital Manufacturing and S/4HANA Cloud
Process Industry within SAP Digital Manufacturing and S/4HANA Cloud
Tool Management within SAP Digital Manufacturing
Resource Orchestration within SAP Digital Manufacturing
Production Process Design within SAP Digital Manufacturing
Shop Floor Orchestration with SAP Digital Manufacturing
Time Tracking within SAP Digital Manufacturing
SAP Digital Manufacturing for Insights
Nonconformances Processes within SAP Digital Manufacturing


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Manoel Costa