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All master data, process routes, BOMs, item attributes, minimum/maximum/unit production lot sizes, etc., that are required for scheduling are registered and managed in a single table. Data may be imported from external sources, such as an ERP system.
Individual cycle times for all resources (setup, processing, teardown, and waiting/transportation times) are kept. Process-related waiting times (minimum/maximum) and interdependencies between processes (consecutive/overlapping) are also stored and used for scheduling.
Asprova maps main resources (machines, work stations, etc.) and sub-resources (workers, molds, devices, etc.) for all processes. A process becomes scheduled only if all resources that are necessary for production are available. Availability of all resources is taken into account at all times to ensure a realistic and feasible schedule, which is the foundation of ensuring steady production flow.
Asprova lets you map alternative resources for processes. Any number of resource specifications that are relevant to production can be considered. Selection rules such as resource priority, production quantity, and many others, can be used. Rules for make-or-buy decisions can be utilized, too.
You can see the process flow of set master data, including branching and merging processes.
Asprova also considers time relationships between processes. Besides start-end-relationships, simple process overlaps or process overlaps with split lots can be mapped. If there are minimum or maximum wait times between periods, these are also considered for scheduling.
Item specifications are mapped to ensure maximum accuracy and realism in the schedule.