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What is Advanced Planning and Scheduling (MSF APS)

Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) is a digital solution that helps manufacturers to manage production planning and shop floor scheduling. Using advanced algorithms to balance demand and capacity and generate achievable production schedules, Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) function results in shorter delivery times to meet customer demands and easier, more rapid response to unexpected production changes.

APS helps manufacturers forecast their production resource needs; It paves the way for higher profits by regulating the efficient use of materials, people, and machinery, and by planning options that will deliver faster delivery to customers. With MSF APS, you can have long-term planning covering months or can be used for one or several weeks of planning and detailed sequencing and scheduling.

MSF APS can be used not only as a standalone system for planning and scheduling, and but also be used and integrated easily with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), and other software solutions.

Why do we use Advanced Planning and Scheduling (MSF APS)?

For planners, APS systems quickly analyze the iFor planners, MSF APS quickly analyzes the consequences of alternative decisions, visually highlights consequences and problems, and creates optimal or near-optimal plans and schedules.

MSF APS provides planners and managers with the best information and recommendations to combine all capabilities and capabilities to form the basis for their decisions. As such, it is an important tool to assist in managing complexity. While large numbers of items, orders, machines, and workers move quickly together, it is difficult to plan effectively with their complex constraints. In such environments, MSF APS can offer optimal planning and scheduling.

How to benefit from Advanced Planning and Scheduling systems?

APS creates a type of computational optimization using many mathematical algorithms. In manufacturing, APS establishes a method for simultaneous synchronization of material and capacity with customer orders. APS prepares the plan and schedule for the execution of the production processes, then transfers it to ERP to manage the execution of the plan or schedule. APS can also be used as part of stand-alone systems or system suites, especially in larger organizations, if data interfaces are integrated. Many APS tools and techniques can be used in supply chain planning. This includes multi-purpose functions such as purchasing management and sales forecasting, factory planning and scheduling, inventory planning, transportation planning, product lifecycle management, and inter-institutional and intra-organizational coordination.

What are Advanced Planning and Scheduling (MSF APS) Functions

APS planning functionality considers forecast and long-term orders, supports decision-making about the feasibility and affects the general direction of production operations. APS supports decisions surrounding extending the workforce, resource capacity, and factories. It helps manufacturers determine what and how much to make, where and when to make it, and exactly what resources are required.

Planning can be executed in planning periods can be days, weeks, months, or a combination of all three.

Advanced Scheduling functionality considers the availability of resources and additional constraints, such as tooling and materials to ensure an accurate model of the manufacturing environment. Advanced Scheduling schedules orders using intelligent built-in rules. It provides decision-making support for overtime, order prioritization, due date negotiation, and order processing.

APS oversees numerous aspects of a production environment, including:

Master Production Schedule creation

Bill of Materials (BOM) level planning

Interactive schedule visualization

Make-to-order planning

Make-to-stock planning

Advanced constraint modeling

Advanced material handling

Advance schedule optimization

Assembly process visualization

Interactive schedule viewing

Order-based multi-constraint scheduling.

What are the Benefits of Advanced Planning and Scheduling (MSF APS)?

By improving the synchronization of production processes, APS provides visibility into more options to increase production and on-time delivery while reducing inventory levels and waste. Advanced artificial intelligence algorithms, it enables manufacturers to quickly analyze and calculate achievable production schedules, taking into account multiple constraints and business rules. So planners can create and evaluate case scenarios to achieve the best results.

Additional benefits:

Late deliveries due to manufacturing delays

Missed sales due to demand exceeding capacity

Lost orders due to excessive work-in-process

High production costs due to machine ineffectiveness (such as downtime)

Excessive overhead due to managing scheduling changes and the impact on delivery schedule

Difficult to plan for future capacity requirements

Full visibility and control

Increased utilization and leaner operations

Faster response to change

Better customer service Higher margins

What is the difference between Production Scheduling Software vs. MSF APS Software?

The biggest difference between production scheduling software and advanced planning and scheduling software is in the name. Both options may provide nearly similar functionality but may be marketed under different terms.

In other words, the software can be called production planning software or advanced production planning software. In fact, it can be said that production scheduling is just one of many features available in APS software; this means that the APS software is an enhanced version of the production scheduling software.

In essence, both production planning software and APS software are capable of scheduling many orders that need to be processed according to specific processes and specific product routes. Both systems can create a program that can be viewed in a variety of ways but is typically seen as a GANTT chart. These charts show how ordering products will take place in different processes.

In most cases, the user can change the production plans and try various scenarios to play with different situations on the production floor. If desired, in addition to calculating material consumption, APS can prevent scheduling of production orders after any material is exhausted and automatically generate supply orders when any material is partially finished.

How to decide to choose the correct MSF APS?

When production demands, production queues, and anticipated changes in production are required, advanced planning and scheduling solutions are used by managers to better improve their decision-making processes. APS software helps make changes or see what impact changes in scheduling will have on production, creating real-time production efficiency in the factory.

When machine failures occur or parts are scrapped in production, advanced scheduling helps support contingency scenarios such as:

“What is the cost of accepting an urgent order?”

“Will prioritizing a new urgent order hurt our completion time for other pending orders?”

“Can we afford to pay our employees overtime to complete this job?”

“When can we move a machine into a maintenance stage without slowing down production?”

APS will help you see the true impact of each scenario. Managers will be able to provide their decisions with a dashboard or KPIs that can help visually demonstrate the impact.

Who needs MSF APS?

Do you schedule on spreadsheets (Excel)?

Does it take more than one person to make the scheduling?

Do the work orders create disruption?

Do you know where your jobs are on the floor at a given time?

Do you have idle machines or workers?

Do you lose too much time in setups and what exactly does it cost you?

Do you workers know what to do next?

Do you have a forecast but need to plan capacity, orders, and materials?

Do you have capacity constraints?

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