Why should you use an Advanced Planning & Scheduling tool?

Why should you use an Advanced Planning & Scheduling tool?

Many planners and schedulers spend stressful hours every day in spreadsheets to produce schedules that often become obsolete due to the dynamic nature of manufacturing processes. Machine breakdowns, labor constraints, delayed purchase orders – these unexpected twists in the production process can make even the most carefully crafted schedules useless. The solution? Advanced Planning & Scheduling (APS) tool.

Signs that you need a Planning and Scheduling Solution

  1. High WIP & Stocks

Excessive work-in-progress (WIP) and stock levels can strain your resources and tie up capital. If your inventory is piling up or if you’re experiencing challenges in managing WIP efficiently, it’s a clear sign that your planning and scheduling process needs an overhaul.

  1. Low Productivity

Less productivity can often be attributed to poor planning and scheduling. If your production processes are not optimized, it’s likely that you’re not achieving the levels of productivity your business is capable of.

  1. Delays & Breaks

Frequent delays and disruptions in your production schedule not only hinder efficiency but also impact your ability to meet customer demands. If you find yourself constantly dealing with unexpected breaks in production, it’s time to consider a more effective scheduling approach.

  1. Missed Delivery Dates

Frustrated customers due to missed delivery dates can harm your reputation and customer relationships. If your current scheduling methods are resulting in frequent delays, it’s a strong indicator that you need a more robust planning and scheduling solution.

What does a Advanced Planning and Scheduling Solution Offer?

APS offers an accurate forecast of orders, support, and decision-making, increases profitability, and influences production operations in a significant way.

Benefits of Using an APS Tool

  1. Advanced Synchronization

APS tools synchronize production with demand, ensuring that you produce what you need, when you need it. This minimizes overproduction and underproduction, leading to resource optimization.

  1. Accessibility

APS tools offer centralized platforms accessible to relevant stakeholders, fostering collaboration and transparency across departments.

  1. Shorter Lead Times

By optimizing scheduling, APS tools reduce lead times, allowing you to respond swiftly to market demands and changes.

  1. Inventory Optimization

APS tools help maintain optimal inventory levels by aligning production with demand, resulting in reduced storage costs and wastage.

  1. Streamlined Operations

With enhanced visibility and efficiency, APS tools streamline operations, reducing errors and manual intervention.

Expected Results- Implementing an APS tool can yield impressive results

  • 50% Reduction in Raw Material Stock
  • 25% Increase in Productivity
  • 80% Improvement in On-Time Delivery
  • 50% Reduction in Work-in-Progress

Siemens Opcenter APS is a cutting-edge planning and scheduling software that empowers manufacturers to achieve operational excellence. With its advanced algorithms and intuitive interface, Opcenter APS provides unparalleled optimization capabilities, ensuring that your production processes are finely tuned for efficiency and profitability.

For more information on this solution, please contact Dilshan on 077 379 4200