Posted on November 6, 4 minute read XSteps: How to reference two columns belonging to different repeated data requests? We have moved from the days of programming the process instructions to drag-and-drop of controls. There has been a paradigm shift with more focus on data, which is realized in terms of XStep parameters. XSteps enforces a strict grammar on the accessibility and reusability of the parameters.
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Manufacturers can also use XSteps to automatically record important transactional data, such as goods issuance of raw material to production, confirmation of actual quantity produced against production order, and goods receipt of produced material against the production order into the warehouse.
Companies that were previously using automated transaction s such as Backflush or Automatic Goods Receipt can use XSteps in discrete manufacturing to record raw material consumption and actual goods produced, and bring greater efficiency and optimization to their production processes.
Figure 2: Work instruction sheet for discrete manufacturing Figure 2 shows how XSteps created a work instruction in discrete manufacturing. The top right-hand side shows where the production supervisor entered plant parameters, such as the pump data, in the first two fields, and the system automatically performed a calculation and shows the results in the difference field.
On the top left, it is easy to add a specific visual -- like a hazard symbol -- in order to provide greater instructions or alert line operators. In the center of the figure, the production supervisor can provide additional details. Finally, in the lower half of the figure, the production supervisor can record more plant data. Due to the intuitive feature of XSteps, the process owner has complete flexibility on the layout or the information that must appear in the work instruction sheet for discrete manufacturing.
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SAP XSteps now helps automate, simplify discrete manufacturing
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