Imagine optimizing your production scheduling with a solution that automatically minimizes downtime and improves customer service using advanced algorithms. Reach out to our team of experts to discuss your unique needs and goals. We’re excited to show you how Opcenter APS will revolutionize your production scheduling and make your business more competitive.
Production is filled with uncertainty. Whether it’s the late arrival of materials, machine breakdown, or a surge in high-priority orders, variability can wreak havoc with production scheduling. And let’s face it: using an Excel sheet, ERP, or some combination of the two just isn’t giving you the ability to respond as quickly as you need to unexpected changes…
But what if you could generate (or re-generate) the best-possible schedule within minutes and send it to the shop floor, no matter how sudden or significant the change?
If you’re currently using Excel, an ERP system, a home-made scheduling solution, take a moment to consider all the ways a next-generation scheduling solution can help your company.
Why Opcenter APS?
Unlike an ERP or Excel, Opcenter APS can pull orders from your ERP and match them to the real-world constraints faced by your shop floor. With the click of one button, an APS solution can provide you with the best-possible schedule out of millions of possibilities. If something unexpected changes, you can simply change that parameter in your APS and re-generate the schedule with the click of one button. This allows you to simulate what-if scenarios to see how certain scheduling solutions will impact your key priorities, such as OTD, setup and changeover times, profitability, and high-priority orders.
With an APS solution, you can always make the best possible production situation. The idea isn’t that every situation will be perfect; it’s that you’ll simply be presented with the best of all possible worlds.
Opcenter Scheduling software creates production schedules based on availability of resources, constraints and materials required by the order.
Advanced scheduling reduces downtime and cost
Opcenter Scheduling provides an accurate model of the production environment. This helps you increase resource utilization and on-time delivery.
Create order-based multi-constraint scheduling
Create order-based schedules. Rank or weigh items to prioritize orders. Sequencing algorithms take into account resource availability and additional constraints the order requires. Schedules can account for different operation run speeds on resources. Apply sequence dependent changeover times based on an operation’s attributes and allow overlaps and slack time between operations.
Model and optimize resource constraints
Model advanced resource constraints, such as rules about concurrent rule usage. Advanced inter-operation constraints include limits on the time between operations and how much operation times can be extended. With advanced schedule optimization, you can define additional schedule optimization rules to deal with problems such as minimizing changeover times, preferred sequencing and campaigning.
Model material usage
Implement custom rules about how materials are consumed to ensure that sub-assemblies and raw materials are used according to business rules. When allocating materials, the system filters and ranks data to allow quality-related or customer-specific material usage constraints to be included.
Visualize assembly processes
Visualize the assembly process from raw materials through to finished goods and sales orders. The material explorer in Opcenter Scheduling shows a graphical view of the material dependencies as well as plots of stock levels over time. See where shortages will occur and choose to keep them as a constraint or ignore them.
View schedules and track order progression
Sales offices use viewers to track the progress of orders. Carry out order inquiries against a read-only copy of the published schedule. Management can compare actual times with scheduled completion times to assess performance of the production process. On a shop floor, cell supervisors or machine operators can use the viewer to see up-to-the-minute work to-do lists.
Detect bottlenecks, reduce setup time. Increase machines and tools utilization. Reduce work in progress.
Reduce waste. Easily identify shortages. Optimize material flow and production synchronization.
+50% On-time delivery
Increase availability and efficiency. Reduce lead time. Improve adherence to projections.