The Elements of Advanced Planning and Scheduling

facebook-s-new-scheduling-feature-5-design-missteps-fad51e3642Understanding production might not be as easy as it seems. Manufacturing experts need a lot of training and experience when it comes to production and planning. However, for the benefit of every reader (with prior knowledge about scheduling or none), we’ll try to simplify and discuss slowly.

Advanced Planning and Scheduling or APS is a term coined to define a method to simultaneously plan and schedule production based on available materials, labor, and capacity. Unlike previous methods like Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP), that fails to address issues such as sudden changes in demand and more, the development of APS solved these.

The following are some of the common sectors where APS can be effectively applied:

  • Make-To-Order—a manufacturing process in which manufacturing starts only after a customer’s order is received.
  • Capital-Intensive production processes—industries that requires large amounts of money and other financial resources to produce a good or service—that has restraints when it comes to the production capacity of plants.
  • Vast Product Diversity—APS can be used to handle big amounts of data from the many products that a manufacturer has.
  • Products that require many processes to produce
  • Production processes that needs frequent changes

In these areas, APS can be utilized for a more detailed and efficient schedule. And, according to Asprova, Japan’s leading authority when it comes to APS, performing long-term, mid-term, and short term scheduling is smoother with the aid of a production scheduling software like Asprova APS.

By the way, if you want to learn more how Asprova helps its users increase profit by reducing stocks, shortening lead time and improve customer service by accurately quoting delivery dates of orders, we are conducting weekly Webinars to thoroughly demonstrate finite capacity scheduling. We invite you to attend. You can book your schedule below:


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