To stay competitive and meet increasing customer requirements, manufacturers inevitably have to innovate and adapt. The solution is to optimize manufacturing operations and become more agile by getting the right tools. As you will see, such needs can be met by the perfect duo of ERP and APS—Advanced Planning and Scheduling.
Because ERP by itself is no longer enough
ERP systems are essential to overall medium – or long-term resource planning, but when you’re preparing an optimal plan for operations, the ERP planning model is often too simplistic. It disregards many key constraints. The result? Inaccurate planning that’s hard to put into practice on the shop floor.
It’s becoming clear that ERP by itself is no longer enough to cope with manufacturers’ current needs.
What APS does that ERP doesn’t
Designs precise and doable optimized production plans
Optimizes operations in real time through advanced algorithms
Takes all the constraints into account simultaneously
Estimates delivery times accurately
Prioritizes on-time delivery at minimum cost
Considers the actual progress on the shop floor
Quickly adjusts schedules to changing circumstances
Provides visibility of production processes
Identifies production constraints and potential problems
Maximizes use of resources
Reduces setup time and downtime
Analyzes complex scenarios
Assesses the impacts of a change or a new production order
Examples of constraints taken into account
- Inventory levels and planned incoming deliveries of raw materials
- Skills of employees, and their work schedules
- Machine speeds, temporary efficiencies
- Planned maintenance
- Actual status of machines
- Real progress of operations
- Setup time in relation to the sequence of operations
- Complex routings
- Alternative resources and preferences
- Rest time and drying time
- Overlap between routing operations
- Grouping of similar operations
- Imposed start date
- Frozen planning period
Why APS and ERP form a perfect duo
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