The advanced planning system serves as the backbone and brain of a manufacturing company. All the other company organs are organized around the production schedule and carry out their tasks just-in-time for maximized efficiency. If the schedule is incorrect, this creates the most expensive type of waste.
Employing an effective production scheduling system is of critical importance.
The following guidelines for selecting an APS are based on functionality:
Business circumstances that change daily require the planner to make simulations to find the best production schedule that is possible. It is important that this not take several hours—preferably this should be completed within minutes or seconds.
Allows for access to multiple systems, including the ERP system, MES, data acquisition system, etc.