Advanced planning and scheduling is a solution for constraint-based production planning and shop floor scheduling. It enables manufacturers to respond quickly and intelligently to unexpected changes, while satisfying customer demands with shorter lead-times.
Advanced Planning software is a strategic decision tool designed to aid you in long and mid-term planning. It considers forecast and long-term orders, supports decision making about feasibility and affects the general direction of productions.
Advanced Scheduling software is an interactive, multi-constraint scheduling system. Availability of resources and additional constraints, such as tooling and materials, are all taken into consideration during scheduling to ensure an accurate model of your environment. Orders can be scheduled quickly using intelligent built-in rules, and the planner also can manually interact with the schedule to make changes based on their experience or new information.
Industry experts and Siemens after years of experience and research suggest that the best way to start digitalization a factory is by setting up the right planning and scheduling system in manufacturing process.
Manufacturers cannot react quickly and intelligently to changes without planning & scheduling tools. The time it takes to generate a schedule using spreadsheets can take hours or even days and it can be difficult to maintain. If there is an unexpected change, it is not easy to generate a new schedule.
SIMATIC IT Preactor APS can be installed straight out of the box, can be customized and configured where necessary, without disturbing the core Preactor code.
It can be used standalone to manage planning and scheduling, and is also designed for integration with other software such as excel sheets, ERP, MES, Data collection, Forecasting, Demand Planning, OEE applications etc.
Most ERP systems uses the concept of infinite capacity and backward scheduling. ERP systems do not have the capacity to calculate the projected impact of overloaded work or to calculate the cause and effect of any changes on the available capacity or scheduled completion of orders.
Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) systems, however are dynamic in nature and provide you real life impact and visibility based on your constraints. Also, APS systems are super-fast and efficient in processing inputs which means you can make business decisions on the go.
The time to successfully implement an APS solution is dependent on several factors; one of the most important one being complexity of processes. Lesser complex systems usually require lesser time and vice- versa.
APS Solution such as Simatic IT Preactor are used to translate complex shop floor scenarios into measurable virtual processes. And hence, APS solutions are not plug and play software; you will need an experienced partner for successful implementation.
Siemens Simatic IT Preactor is the world leader in production planning and scheduling in the manufacturing industry. Preactor’s breakthrough technology is used by more than 4500 small, medium and large multinational companies located in 88 countries.
SNic Solutions is recognized as one of the elite organizations to achieve the prestigious Smart Expert Partner status from Siemens PLM Software with expertise in diverse manufacturing sectors like Automotive, Industrial Machinery & Heavy Equipment, Consumer Packaged Goods & Retail, Energy & Utilities. SNic Solutions has industry experience of more than 12 years with more than 100 clients worldwide.
To use APS solution effectively, it is best if the project champion can be someone who has knowledge of existing planning activities on shop floor and manufacturing processes and has an intermediate level of computer proficiency.
Since complexities mix is different for every enterprise, ROI realization is difficult to be defined generically. However, most organizations realize returns within few weeks after successful implementation.