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Welcome to Advanced Planning and Scheduling (AP&S)

ap and sAdvanced Planning & Scheduling (AP&S) is a manufacturing management process by which raw materials and production capacity are optimally allocated to meet demand. APS is especially well-suited to environments where simpler planning methods cannot adequately address complex trade-offs between competing priorities.

Traditional planning and scheduling systems (such as Manufacturing resource planning) utilize a stepwise procedure to allocate material and production capacity. This approach is simple but cumbersome, and does not readily adapt to changes in demand, resource capacity or material availability. Materials and capacity are planned separately, and many systems do not consider limited material availability or capacity constraints. Thus, this approach often results in plans that cannot be executed. However, despite attempts to shift to the new system, attempts have not always been successful, which has called for the combination of management philosophy with manufacturing.

Unlike previous systems, APS simultaneously plans and schedules production based on available materials, labor and plant capacity.

APS has commonly been applied where one or more of the following conditions are present:

  1. Make-To-Order (as distinct from make-to-stock) manufacturing
  2. capital-intensive production processes, where plant capacity is constrained
  3. products 'competing' for plant capacity: where many different products are produced in each facility
  4. products that require a large number of components or manufacturing tasks
  5. production necessitates frequent schedule changes which cannot be predicted before the event

Scheduling software that lets you step-up from using manual tools like spreadsheets, wallboards or piles of paper.

What is MaxScheduler - It is a desktop program that lets you import tasks, create a graphical schedule from those tasks and share it within your organization as a set of webpages. Editing the schedule is quickly done by using your mouse, to move tasks around.

Benefits- MaxScheduler makes it easier to manage the scheduling of many jobs across multiple resources. You get the benefits of having scheduling software without having to dramatically change your current scheduling process. You can import data from other computer systems like: accounting, job-shop, WMS, MRP and ERP.

For more information about the software please click on the following: Product Link

ForeCasting PowerPoint Training Presentation
This professionally-developed presentation is designed as a 40-60 minute overview of the topic. Many customers use the presentation as part of a group learning event, individual training at a computer, or as foundation slides for a more detailed or customized training presentation.

The presentation is delivered in native Microsoft PowerPoint format for easy customization. All slides may be changed to accommodate your desired use. The only restriction is that the presentation cannot be resold without permission of Superfactory.
  • Number of slides: 151
Table of Contents:
  • Introduction
  • PM in today's environment
  • Rapid change
  • BPR
  • The project plan
  • Management & communications
  • Organizational, people, political issues
  • Stakeholders
  • Tools & methodologies

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