Network Modules

There are two modules that can connect Asprova schedule: Network License Server (NLS) and Data Server (DS).

Network Modules

The Network License Server handles the management of Asprova licenses – this network licensing system will allow PCs to connect to a licensed server and obtain a license via that network. With this, sharing of licenses across factories become possible. With NLS, you can start the scheduler modules (APS, MS, MS Light, MRP) from each PC.

Data Server, on the other hand, is the one that shares the scheduling data wherein users can check in/out and operate the same project file from multiple computers. For example, you can use Asprova APS for mid-term planning and open this project file in Asprova MS to create a short-term plan.

In Asprova, the schedule information is managed by a binary file. The database can be used to update differential data. This data from BOM or MES and the new scheduling data can be merged into DS and have the other PCs updated at the same time. As a result, the newest data can be easily shared across the PCs. These network modules can share the scheduling data and manage the licenses by the departments called “sites”. For example, when making schedules for each product group and maintaining multiple scheduling data, licenses and scheduling data can be managed through NLS and DS. It is also possible to restrict the number of licenses of the site or share the data within the site. Asprova NLS and DS can be used separately depending on your purpose.

For more details, please refer to Asprova’s online help. You can also request to download the free trial version of Asprova.

BTO and the Need for High Level Scheduling

Kobayashi Create

Prescale Film

Manufacturing recording papers is the specialty of this featured BTO Japanese company. Due to the innovations brought about by Information Technology and the digitalization of printing, the pressure to supply complete solutions to respond speedily to market demand increased. This made communication between different departments an important issue that should not be overlooked. To realize seamless communication and to quickly respond to customers’ needs, the production management of this company decided to set up a collective management system. However, their scheduler at that time was unable to adapt to the integrated system that they wanted. This led them to find another scheduler that actually can.

A flawless connection

To simultaneously take a lot of factors into consideration and keep delivery dates in check, an advanced scheduler was needed. Asprova is widely known throughout Japan and the company immediately called for its help. By utilizing this Finite Capacity Scheduling software, making optimized production plans became an easy task. With its help, they were able to connect to the ERP they used and it became possible to reduce lead times substantially. “The existing scheduler was not able to connect systems and to create an overall optimized schedule. One reason for selecting Asprova was that it can flexibly be connected to peripheral systems. This made it possible to improve same day delivery responses from 20% to 80%,” says the production management team members.

Progress visualization

To monitor the progress of the production, the scheduling managers used Asprova MES. This greatly reduced the number of inquiries from other divisions as it made the progress available for every department.

After the success of the company in integrating Asprova to their system, the company plans to use Asprova on their other businesses. This company placed their trust on our production scheduler. It’s time for you to discover why!