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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Maxoptra crops mileage and delivery costs for farm supplier Zantra

Maxoptra crops mileage and delivery costs for farm supplier Zantra

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Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd. selects Dassault Systèmes’ ‘My Collection’ industry solution experience

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Maxoptra SaaS optimises Tahira’s Halal food delivery fleet

Maxoptra SaaS optimises Tahira’s Halal food delivery fleet

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DynaSys Demand & Supply Chain Planning Webinar

DynaSys Demand & Supply Chain Planning Webinar

DynaSys Demand & Supply Chain Planning Webinar -Tuesday 21st March 2017 - 13:00 GMT

For a manufacturer, the goal of effective supply chain planning is to meet your customer requirements and balance production resources whilst maximising revenue and profit.

Denroy Group breaks the mould with Infor CloudSuite Industrial

Denroy Group breaks the mould with Infor CloudSuite Industrial

Infor, provider of business applications specialised by industry and built for the cloud, has announced that integrated design, tooling and manufacturing specialist, Denroy Group has invested in Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine).

Streamlining processes yields savings and efficiency gains

Streamlining processes yields savings and efficiency gains

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

Drax enlists the support of Crimson & Co to help improve 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.

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

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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.

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.