Wednesday, October 14, 2009

WWI (Windows Wordprocessor Integration)

Dear Friends,

Now a days I am seeing in SDN couple of questions on WWI and also helplessness of couple consultants for lack of proper documentation on Template Creation.SAP HELP documentation on WWI is a very good starting point to make some demo templates. In my current blog I will be giving some overview of WWI template and how to go about creating a simple template.

Lets begin with some introduction on WWI - What is WWI: No dobut its a short form for Windows Wordprocessor Integration. It is a macro program of enhanced Microsoft Word which communicates with SAP throught BAPI technology. By default when you install the SAP GUI WWI related files are available in the system. There are two things in WWI 1) Display of Templates and ii) Creation and Editing of Templates. In previous versions (Upto ECC 6.0 Enhancement 2) WWI files needed to be isntalled on each local server for one to access the templates, but now it is not the requirement. WWI templates can be accessed without any local installation of WWI.

The successful handling of WWI templates depend on acquiring good overview on following topics of EHS

1) EHS Report Types
2) SAP EHS Report generation proces
3) Definition and meaning of Parameter symbols, Descriptors and Specification symbols.
4)Installation of Post installation configuration activities for WWI server / EHS Management server
5) Overview of functionalities on WWI tool
6) WWI Settings and Options
7) Creation of basic Template consisting of static elements
8) Creation of template using Specifications, Descripters and Parameters
9) Applying conditional, Blank compression, character sizing
10) Creation of custom symbols / parameters for wwi templates
11) Creation of new method if existing methods do not suffice
12) Mastering the WWI template creation.

I shall provide some step by step tutorial starting from next week.



Friday, October 2, 2009

Achieving Sustainable developmenet through Cleaner Production Technologies

Sustainability is one of the buzz words of our times. Few days back I happen to go through the featured article on What is Green Chemistry . It immeidately made mde recollect the concept of Cleaner Production(CP). Infact Cleaner Production reduces pollutant generation at every stage of the production process and minimizes or eliminates the wastes that need to be treated at the end of the process. CP can be achieved through good operating practices, process modification, technology changes, raw material substitution and redesign/ reformulation of product.
The concept of CP is started during UNCED, 1992. In Agenda 21 high priority is given to the introducton of cleaner Production methods and preventive and recycling technologies in order to achieve Sustainable development. Cleaner Technology explores the possibilities of recycling by products or the final waste products or attempting to change the entire production technology to obtain a reduced emissions. It attempts to answer the pertinent questions: couldn’t we produce our product in a more environmental friendly way. The economic advantages of cleaner production is more cost effective than pollution control to achieve sustainable development. The systematic avoidance of of waste and pollutants increases process efficiency and improves product quality. Through pollution prevention at the source, the cost of final treatment and disposal is minimized.
The CP implementation steps include i) Change in production process ii) Modification of equipment layout or piping iii) Use of automatation iv) Changes in process conditions such as flow rates, temperature, pressure and residence times, v) Good Operating practices vi) Product Changes vii) Changes in quality standards viii) Changes in produciton composition ix) Product durability x) Product substitution and xi) Onsite Reuse and recycling.
Different tools have been introduced during the last 20 – 25 years to enable enterpries to implement cleaner production. ISO 14001 and Environmental Management Systems. However a manufacturing company can initiate complete assessment of their existing processes can easily make the existing ERP solutions (SAP Portfolio solutions) to support it in their implmentation process.