Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, has announced the availability of a new Total Economic Impact (TEI) study that examines the potential return on investment (ROI) companies can achieve with the Epicor enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite.
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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Baxter Planning Systems, a supply chain SaaS company, has received a growth investment from Polaris Partners. Baxter's software platform, Prophet, helps OEMs optimise their aftermarket operations by significantly reducing inventory and transport costs while improving service levels.
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Furniture delivery specialist Ash Logistics is using Maxoptra's dynamic route planning and scheduling software to improve the co-ordination and efficiency of its nationwide home delivery service.
Echo Global Logistics implements Anaplan’s connected planning platform to improve decision-making and agility
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Echo Global Logistics, Inc., provider of technology-enabled transportation management services, recently completed deployment of Anaplan's cloud-based platform to strengthen its finance operation and analysis capabilities.
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Quintiq, a Dassault Systèmes brand and supply chain planning and optimisation (SCP&O) solutions provider, has announced that its software has gone live at KiwiRail after a 9-week implementation period.
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Maxoptra dynamic route planning and scheduling software is helping The Tomato Stall deliver fresh tomatoes across the country, supplying farmers' markets, farm shops, restaurants and deli's across the South of England, including London and Bristol.
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WIRUlink has turned to Maxoptra to improve its field service operations. Integrated with WIRUlink's in-cab telematics solution from TomTom, Maxoptra's cloud-based dynamic route planning and scheduling software has already helped the company increase the efficiency of its installation and service teams, boost customer service and reduce costs.
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Magenta Technology, the company behind the Maxoptra route planning and scheduling software, has recruited Paul Creaney.
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Maxoptra's dynamic multi-drop route planning software is helping Sandown Mercedes-Benz plan and complete deliveries of spare parts to garages across the south of England.
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27 – 29 November 2017 | Berlin, Germany
The latest technologies & strategies for visibility, flexibility and speed
The SCMS Summit covers a number of key areas pivotal to improving the power of your supply chain.
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.