Introduction to Factory Scheduling
SYSPRO Factory Scheduling is a range of scheduling products based on the internationally recognized Preactor International scheduling tool. SYSPRO has developed these products to utilize the strengths of the Preactor range of tools, but configured it in a way that will work elegantly and logically with the core SYSPRO modules (WIP, BOM etc).
The range of products consists of three distinct products.
- The Graphical Planning Board
- The Finite Scheduler
- The Advanced Scheduler
SYSPRO Factory Scheduling systems increase in functional richness and capability. The Graphical Planning Board is a fairly basic finite scheduling tool which presents your schedule graphically, but will normally require quite a bit of manual intervention by the scheduler. The Advanced Scheduler on the other side of the scale is a very sophisticated scheduling system, employing advanced scheduling algorithms which consider all constraints such as tooling, material requirements, etc. The Advanced Scheduler is the only tool in the range which can be considered a true APS (advanced planning and scheduling) tool. The other two products will be classified as finite scheduling tools, i.e. only the scheduling portion of APS. Whick, if this functionality is the your company requires, are fully capable and more than sufficient in those roles.
These tools are all pure scheduling tools. Using these tools does not imply that you will not require other high level planning processes and tools (e.g. MPS/MRP, Rough cut capacity planning etc) to be in place. The scheduling tools work in conjunction with these tools to form a complete end-to-end planning and scheduling cycle.
Benefits proven by Case Studies (available on request):
- up to 45% improvement in delivery performance
- improved lead times
- improved sequencing
- increased capacity
- up to 40% decrease in materials inventory/stock
- reductions in planning time
- reduced work in progress
- improved quality of material and information flow between departments
- decentralisation of knowledge from expert staff to a system
- improved visibility and the ability to react to unexpected events
- improved delivery performance and customer satisfaction
- fast implementation time
- fast ROI, often in weeks
Enabling ERP Systems:
Preactor is designed to enable rather than replace ERP software. It provides the detailed planning and scheduling functionality required to be more agile and respond to changes in demand.
SYSPRO ERP Advanced Scheuling enables critical process and production constraints to become visible through the Graphical Planning Board, FInite Scheduler and SYSPRO Work in Process. Additional controls and precisdion are achievable incorporating Warehouse Management and barcode management tools.