Advanced Planning, APS, FCS, S&OP

Among the most popular software planning technologies is Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS). This is a type of software solution that sets out to ensure production capacity and the materials required for manufacture are optimally sourced and allocated to satisfy demand. Other related tools include Finite Capacity Scheduling. This approach sets out to understanding how much production capacity is possible within a specified timeframe. The aim is to manage workflow at an even and efficient pace throughout the production process. Finite scheduling tools differ from infinite capacity scheduling tools in that the latter are in the main more simple and unable to account for system issues/constraints that happen in real time.

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One integrated scheduling platform – multiple business benefits

One integrated scheduling platform – multiple business benefits

By Allison McNulty, Petroleum Supply Chain Manager, AspenTech.

Information is power – mastering dynamic information delivers a competitive edge. Automated scheduling with refinery-wide visibility helps to mobilise crude oil through production to refined products, enabling companies to optimise operational efficiency and maximise profitability.

Drax enlists the support of Crimson & Co to help revolutionise its planning processes

Drax enlists the support of Crimson & Co to help revolutionise its planning processes

Energy firm Drax, which supplies up to approximately eight per cent of the UK's electricity needs, is enhancing its business processes following the successful implementation of a new Advanced Planning Scheduling (APS) system.

TIBCO Insight Platform enhances intelligent business operations with data management and analytics logic

TIBCO Insight Platform enhances intelligent business operations with data management and analytics logic

TIBCO Software Inc., a global provider of integration, API management, and analytics solutions, has announced its TIBCO Insight Platform solution for facilitating faster and more informed decisions and actions on the business.

Logility Voyager Integrated Business Planning: visualise, evaluate and optimise your supply chain

Logility Voyager Integrated Business Planning: visualise, evaluate and optimise your supply chain

Logility, Inc., provider of collaborative supply chain optimisation and advanced retail planning solutions, has announced the availability of Logility Voyager Integrated Business Planning.

DynaSys releases DynaSys DSCP 2016

DynaSys releases DynaSys DSCP 2016

DynaSys, provider of demand and supply chain planning (DSCP) solutions, has announced the general availability of DynaSys DSCP 2016, the latest version of the integrated DynaSys DSCP suite.

Global Shop Solutions releases Moveable Dispatch Chart product, allowing customers more control over their production scheduling

Global Shop Solutions releases Moveable Dispatch Chart product, allowing customers more control over their production scheduling

Every manufacturing company needs the ability to stay on top of jobs in real-time. Global Shop Solutions, a global provider of integrated ERP software for manufacturers, is making this easier than ever with the release of its Moveable Dispatch Chart.

Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company chooses Epicor ERP for business process transformation

Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company chooses Epicor ERP for business process transformation

Epicor Software Corporation has announced that Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company (ECCBC) has chosen the enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, Epicor ERP, to align its processes and allow better transparency of business data across eight of their sites.

Spanish fashion brand Desigual adopts Centric Software

Spanish fashion brand Desigual adopts Centric Software

Desigual, the international fashion brand has chosen Centric Software, the product lifecycle management (PLM) solution for fashion, retail, luxury, outdoor, footwear and consumer goods companies to optimise its product lifecycle management.

Most companies caught sleeping at the capacity planning wheel

Most companies caught sleeping at the capacity planning wheel

Sumerian, the UK headquartered predictive IT capacity analytics provider, has announced the results of its latest research, in conjunction with analyst house Freeform Dynamics.

A best practice approach to transitioning from manual to automatic scheduling

A best practice approach to transitioning from manual to automatic scheduling

By John Cameron, general manager, Trimble Field Service Management.

Field service companies of all sizes will be at different stages in their scheduling journey. Some will be very experienced with using scheduling automation whilst others are still using manual, paper-based systems to schedule work.

Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS).

Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) refers to a manufacturing management process by which raw materials and production capacity are optimally allocated to meet demand. In manufacturing, the purpose of scheduling is to minimize the production time and costs by improving the efficiency of the operation. Scheduling is an important tool for manufacturing as it can have a major impact on the productivity of a process.

 

APS is especially well-suited to environments where simpler planning methods cannot adequately address complex trade-offs between competing priorities. Traditional planning and scheduling systems utilise a stepwise procedure to allocate material and production capacity. This approach is simple but cumbersome, and does not readily adapt to changes in demand, resource capacity or material availability. Materials and capacity are planned separately, and many systems do not consider limited material availability or capacity constraints. Thus, this approach often results in plans that cannot be executed.   Production scheduling tools greatly outperform older manual scheduling methods.

 

These provide the production scheduler with powerful graphical interfaces which can be used to visually optimize real-time work-loads in various stages of production, and pattern recognition allows the software to automatically create scheduling opportunities which might not be apparent without this view into the data. Companies use backward and forward scheduling to allocate plant and machinery resources, plan human resources, plan production processes and purchase materials. Forward scheduling is planning the tasks from the date resources become available to determine the shipping date or the due date.

 

Backward scheduling is planning the tasks from the due date or required-by date to determine the start date and/or any changes in capacity required. Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) provides an updated forecast that leads to a sales plan, production plan, inventory plan, customer lead time (backlog) plan, new product development plan, strategic initiative plan and resulting financial plan. Variations in frequency of the plan depend on the type of manufacturing industry. Short product life cycles and high demand volatility require a tighter S&OP planning than steadily consumed products.

 

A properly implemented S&OP process routinely reviews customer demand and supply resources and “re-plans” quantitatively across an agreed rolling horizon. The re-planning process focuses on changes from the previously agreed sales and operations plan. While it helps the management team to understand how the company achieved its current level of performance, its primary focus is on future actions and anticipated results.