Mascidon, LLC


SAP Business  One Add-on Products



Supply Chain

A supply chain is the stream of processes of moving goods from the customer order through the raw materials stage, supply, production, and distribution of products to the customer. All organizations have supply chains of varying degrees, depending upon the size of the organization and the type of product manufactured. These networks obtain supplies and components, change these materials into finished products and then distribute them to the customer.

 

Managing the chain of events in this process is what is known as supply chain management. Effective management must take into account coordinating all the different pieces of this chain as quickly as possible without losing any of the quality or customer satisfaction, while still keeping costs down. (Rockford Consulting - provided this definition).

 

The diagram on this page illustrates the implementation of Supply Chain Management with SAP B1.  The SAP B1 ERP system processes or provides data for the supply chain.  Following the diagram, Sales Orders are populated from Customer inputs (top left corner of diagram).  The Material Requirements Planning (MRP) module within SAP B1 uses the sales orders to project immediate requirements from the supplier.  In a 'Just-in-Time' manufacturing environment, MRP would be run on a daily basis and daily shipping schedules would be communicated to suppliers. 

 

Customers often provide longer range forecasts - often not guaranteed.  This information can be processed through the MRP system using the Forecasts (top right corner of diagram).  This would generate projected long term requirements from suppliers - another leg in the supply chain.

 

Suppliers in turn use the information provided to determine what goods and quantities to send.  The Advance Ship Notification (ASN) sent by the supplier alerts your plant to incoming materials before they arrive - providing valuable information for production planning (see diagram - Supplier Outgoing 856 ASN). 

 

Mascidon has teamed with Radley Corporation to provide the full supply chain management functions for SAP B1.  Depending on the Radley products utilized, the information can be received from customers or suppliers as traditional EDI documents, XML documents or CSV files.  Likewise, the information can be transmitted to customers or suppliers as EDI, XML or CSV documents.  Radley's software platform communicates with the SAP B1 modules via XML documents.  Mascidon has developed the translation programs to convert the XML files into formats that drive the SAP B1 SDK business objects that need to be updated. 

 

As one example, a Customer could send an email with an Excel formatted sales order to your plant.  The Radley iSC program would receive this Excel file, convert it to an XML format and forward it to the Mascidon supply chain integration program.  This program would perform data checks (does the item exist, does the customer exist, etc.) and then send a transformed XML file to the Mascidon SDK program that loads the order into the Sales Order module.  At that point, the sales order behaves as if it were entered manually.  All of the integration points within the Supply Chain are managed in the same manner.

 

Key Features

  • Radley's iSC product gathers incoming documents from customers and vendors and translates the documents into standard XML formats
  • If EDI is used, either the Radley iCARaS product (automotive) accepts / sends the data
  • If non-automotive EDI is used, the iR*EDI product accepts / sends the data
  • The Supply Chain add-on runs data validity checks
  • Data is presented to the SAP B1 SDK in the format expected by the SAP business object
  • Data translation, conversion and import / export in the Supply Chain module is done at the time the transaction occurs - keeping SAP Business One up to date with customer and vendor data
  • Data accuracy matches the accuracy of the data received from customers or suppliers
  • Clerical time is spent reviewing and analyzing data - not inputting it