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Advanced Planning & Scheduling

APS (sometimes simply "advanced manufacturing") occupies a space between ERP and MES - to be truly effective, APS requires input from both. APS possesses many of the same traits as MRP but extends it to include capacity and demand planning. Since APS plans materials, labor and shop capacity together, the results are much more efficient scheduling of your manufacturing operations.

APS also provides great benefits in financial planning. With APS plant managers can perform detailed what-if simulations to best determine where capital expenditures would have the most significant positive impact on operations.

 

Key Technologies

  • ERP >

    ERP is the core component of modern manufacturing systems. Read More
  • MES >

    MES extends the traditional network to the shop floor. Read More
  • APS >

    Advanced Planning & Scheduling is the next evolution of MRP. Read More
  • PLM >

    Product Lifecycle Management helps merge engineering and ERP Read More
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Lean Manufacturing

APS is an integral part of lean manufacturing initiatives:

  • Since APS evaluates all resources simultaneously and can create multiple what-if scenarios in a single run it is an ideal platform for finite scheduling and theory of constraints.
  • Using APS plant managers can even simulate changes in layouts to improve efficiencies through cellular manufacturing.
  • APS creates a leveled workload and eases overburden and waste, critical components in TPS (Toyota Production System)
  • Capacity planning and production simulations in APS help achieve Just-in-Time goals

The ConnectingBlox consulting team has experience with APS independently and as part of lean manufacturing systems such as TOC and TPS.

 

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