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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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.

BBA Aviation's IT planning takes flight with Sumerian's Capacity Planning as a Service

BBA Aviation's IT planning takes flight with Sumerian's Capacity Planning as a Service

Sumerian has announced that BBA Aviation will be implementing its Capacity Planning as a Service (CPaaS) to provide critical IT capacity visibility and insight across its organisation.

The business benefits of APS systems – as clear as ABC, says Crimson & Co

The business benefits of APS systems – as clear as ABC, says Crimson & Co

Businesses are tying up working capital and limiting improvements to service levels by relying on dated planning tools which simply can't account for the complex decisions and trade-offs in today's supply chains, according to research carried out by global supply chain consultancy Crimson & Co.

AO chooses RELEX Solutions to support its continued growth with an advanced supply chain solution

AO chooses RELEX Solutions to support its continued growth with an advanced supply chain solution

AO has enlisted Relex Solutions, the supply chain solution provider, to help with its forecasting, replenishment, promotions and product life cycle management decisions within its complex supply chain as it expands into new categories and countries.

Accelerate digital transformation with Ortems Agile Manufacturing Version 8.1

Accelerate digital transformation with Ortems Agile Manufacturing Version 8.1

Ortems has released its new Version 8.1 to 'Plan Tomorrow's Factory'. In a time of digital transformation of industries, it is surprising to see companies keeping on dealing with planning and scheduling with multiple non-integrated tools such as wall planning boards or excel files.

Logility selected to deliver visibility and drive executive S&OP process for Vista Outdoor

Logility selected to deliver visibility and drive executive S&OP process for Vista Outdoor

Logility, Inc. has announced Vista Outdoor Inc. has implemented Logility Voyager Solutions to increase visibility across its global supply chain and provide the technology foundation for its sales and operations planning (S&OP) process.

JDA introduces Stratus – new out-of-the-box cloud offerings to solve complex workforce management, transportation and forecasting needs

JDA introduces Stratus – new out-of-the-box cloud offerings to solve complex workforce management, transportation and forecasting needs

JDA Software Group, Inc. has announced a series of new cloud service offerings that enable faster time to market, lower total cost of ownership and rapid return on investment for customers implementing JDA's supply chain and retail solutions.

Topspeed Couriers finds a faster route with Maxoptra scheduling

Topspeed Couriers finds a faster route with Maxoptra scheduling

Topspeed Couriers has reduced the time taken to plan the daily work programme by up to 80 per cent, following the introduction of an advanced dynamic routing and scheduling system.

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.

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