Factory Scheduling Enabling and Enhancing ERP

Posted by Gerry Poe

syspro factory schedulingFactory Scheduling (Advanced Planning and Scheduling - APS) is designed to enable and enhance, rather than replace ERP software. It provides the detailed planning and scheduling functionality required for many companies to be more agile and respond to changes in demand.

Factory Scheduling, a core part of SYSPRO ERP, offers tight, seamless integration with the factory floor. Hundreds of customers worldwide benefit from Factory Scheduling sub-modules; Graphical Planning Board, Finite Scheduler and Advanced Scheduler.

  • Easy Integration
    Importing and exporting of orders, routing and completion updates can be internal or external message driven enabling tight integration with SYSPRO.

  • Materials Constraints
    Using BoM information provided by ERP, producing and consuming orders in Factory Scheduling can be linked to reflect material dependencies during schedule generation.

  • Increased Visibility
    Easy to see the current load and identify late orders using Factory Scheduling's interactive Gantt Charts and plots.

  • Optimized Sequencing
    In Factory Scheduling Order and Operation attributes can be used to optimize sequences on resources to minimize changeovers, and maximize efficiency.

  • What-If Capability
    The planner can carry out multiple what-if scenarios and compare the options before updating ERP. They can also run ad-hoc CTP enquiries with multiple level BoMs.

syspro factory schedulingEnabling and Enhancing ERP:

ERP software systems in themselves are critical tools for every manufacturing vertical. However adding Factory Scheduling can take manufacturing ERP into another league without disturbing the existing functionality of SYSPRO.

ERP systems typically do not have the data to model a system in enough detail to manage the shop floor. ERP’s long term plan does not easily provide functionality required to manage production on a day-to-day basis. Factory Scheduling would seem to overlap with ERP but in fact it provides complementary features.

ERP is good at costing, inventory and transaction control for key business processes. Factory Scheduling is good at drilling down to the shop floor managing individual orders or individual resources in real time.

Factory Scheduling generates achievable production schedules which take into account all potential or existing constraints on the shop floor. It can increase throughput, reduce work in process and raw material inventory. While providing a ‘crystal ball’ for the planner to use at shop floor level.

Factory Scheduling Scalable Models:

  • Graphical Planning Board
  • Finite Scheduler
  • Advanced Scheduler

With each additional model complimentary functionality is added to the business solution. For example: some companies only Graphical Planning Board is necessary. Graphical Planning Board allows a "visual factory" displaying jobs, work cells, drag and drop capability, capacity thresholds and a "picture" of your factory floor.

Benefits proven by Case Studies:

  • 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
  • Decentralization 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

Businesses worldwide implemented SYSPRO Factory Scheduling across the following sectors:

  • Automotive & Aircraft
  • Food, Beverage & Tobacco
  • Machinery & Equipment
  • Electrical & Optical Equipment
  • Glass, Ceramics & Misc Materials
  • Metals & Fabricated Metals
  • Paper, Publishing & Printing
  • Precision Engineering
  • Rubber, Plastics & Leather
  • Furniture & Wood Products
  • Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals & Petroleum
  • Textiles & Textile Products

Did you know SYSPRO continues to receive awards for its ERP software?

SYSPRO was in the news which said they had recently received another award.

SYSPRO Wins Golden Bridge Award for Software Innovation: SYSPRO Honored in Global Competition for SYSPRO STARS FastTrack Implementation Methodology

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Tags: ERP, Lean Manufacturing, Best ERP Software Modules, SYSPRO Support

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