Advanced Planning and Scheduling
- Multiple Constraints
Set up every operation with multiple constraints or resources (e.g., machines, tools, skilled labor, raw materials, or available subassemblies).
- Multiple Resource Visual Production
Easily manipulate the schedule with drag-and-drop manipulation and drill-down techniques for multi-level assemblies and operation details. A main control centre for scheduling resources graphically displays schedules for a group of resources in one screen. Dynamically change the timeline of the view to see minute operations and analyze the impact of long running operations instantly.
- Automated Scheduling by Capability
Define a capability or skill level that can be tied to multiple resources rather than a resource group or individual resource in the planning process. The APS engine then determines, based on the available resources, which individual resource to schedule for the operation.
- Change Impact Analysis
See the immediate impact of proposed changes on other orders to make informed decisions about desired changes.
- Dependent Capabilities
Link dependent capabilities that the scheduling engine schedules along with the primary capability when operations require dependent skills to perform the operation.
- Finite or Infinite Capacity
Define each resource with either finite or infinite capacity. When a piece of the schedule is moved, the resource is rescheduled according to its type.
- Material Constraints
Consider material availability as a scheduling constraint. Integrated directly with Inventory and Purchasing, the APS system knows when material is due and schedules accordingly.
- Advanced Material Planning
Increase throughput by considering material and component availability as a constraint. Advanced material planning, an integral feature of APS, facilitates intelligent stocking and procurement of material requirements.
The schedule function recognizes materials earmarked as constraints, gives the master scheduler material availability and considers supplier calendars for a more realistic schedule.