Increasing individualization, small lot sizes, and frequent product relaunches are multiplying orders across all process steps. In view of ever growing complexities, process-related detailed planning in production is indispensable. The system-based production planning APS FEDRA helps companies to control even the greatest complexity.
Production planners can store all resources such as machines, material, or personnel as well as any planning information or restriction in the established Advanced Planning and Scheduling System (APS) FEDRA. Once all data is available, the digital production planning can create perfect planning results. You can also simulate and compare different planning scenarios. The software does not only ensure a detailed planning of orders, but also integrates setup and cleaning activities, product inspections, and material planning thereby supporting a comprehensive and optimized planning of all processes.
- Stand-alone operation is possible
- Multi-site planning
- Interaction with other applications via the Manufacturing Integration Platform (MIP)
Benefits of APS FEDRA
- Significantly reduce planning costs
- Implement planning changes flexibly and directly
- Improve reliability regarding time and quantity of delivery
- Create transparency for all people involved
- Reduce lead times
- Improve information by visualizing planning data of all process steps
- Reduce stocks (materials, semi-finished and finished goods)
- Detailed Scheduling: Efficiently plan simple operations, create and manage orders directly in the system.
- Advanced Resource Planning: Integrate complex scenarios, include secondary resources in planning, monitor material staging.
- Workforce Planning: Manage and plan employees and their qualifications.
- Advanced Scheduling and Optimization: Automatic planning — also with the help of AI and by simulating different planning variants.
- Advanced Process Modeling: Plan operations in parallel for one workplace, include setup times and production specifications changing according to the planned allocation, find and close gaps in the planning scenario.
Production planning at work
A food manufacturer produces 10,000 customer orders per year in a three-stage production process, which results in 30,000 production orders. Due to short-term quantity changes, updated priorities, unplanned downtimes, or personnel shortfalls, planning needs to be readjusted constantly. Companies can only ensure the required flexibility by digitalizing their planning processes.
A planning software like APS FEDRA integrates not only the usual parameters into planning, but also a wide range of further information. For example, the software calculates the planned inventory levels showing the availability of all raw material components and the stock levels of parts and finished products for each process step according to the selected planning variant. The planner can also include the current production line or machine statuses in the planning.