Unless your manufacturing process is very simple you’re going to want to categorise your production orders in some way – and the classic way of doing this is to use the ‘Production pool’. Product information management > Common > Released products > Edit > Engineer fast tab:
(Production pools are setup at Production control > Setup > Production > Production pools).
The Production pool is on the Production order list grid, and can be used to find, filter and sort your production orders. When you create a production order the Production pool on the production order is inherited from the item, but you can change it if necessary (for instance if you’re creating a re-work order or using an alternate production method). Production control > Common > Production orders > All production orders > New > Production order:
All well and good, but the production pool isn’t visible on Planned production orders. Production control > Common > Production orders > Planned production orders:
So here’s a simple solution – use the Buyer group on the item (in the Purchase fast tab):
(The Buyer group is setup at Inventory management > Setup > Inventory > Buyer groups).
Seems counter intuitive – but it works because the Buyer group is a field on the planned order, and obviously can be added to the Planned production order list grid. On the Planned order form just click the down arrow next to the Filter and select More…
And then add the Buyer group:
Of course, if you’re using Buyer group like this, the sensible thing is to drag that column over to the left, and hide other columns that you are using.
Incidentally – don’t forget the ‘Edit in grid’ option on the Released products form. With a little bit of personalisation you’ll get: