Effective planning is crucial for any manufacturing company, as it ensures that resources are used efficiently, and production runs smoothly. The use of advanced planning systems has been shown to boost utilisation and on-time delivery, resulting in higher customer satisfaction and profitability.
Improve bill of materials planning
Opcenter Planning provides a number of tools that can help planners improve their capacity and production planning. It enables planners to improve their bill of materials (BOM) planning, for example, by expanding the intended BOM into a list of raw materials.
This allows planners to compute the production plan for these products and predicted material acquisition requirements can be transferred to an ERP system or Excel for action based on the BOM and the production plan.
Enable make-to-order planning
The software also allows make-to-order planning, which involves replenishing raw material and component stockpiles to ensure production readiness and flow. This requires close coordination of the whole supply chain, as well as a continuous study of future demand changes, including their impact on the manufacturing environment.
Make-to-stock planning can also be implemented, resulting in precise and feasible master production schedules (MPS). It takes into account rough cut capacity, pack-forward numbers, target days of stock cover, manufacturing preferences, minimum and maximum reorder quantities, reorder multiples, and product shelf life. The capacity of production can be expressed in terms of amount, duration, or weight.
Perform make-to-stock planning
The Opcenter Planning software also enables planners to rapidly and easily visualise production schedules. Data can be displayed as stock profile graphs and capacity usage graphs after an initial MPS is established.
The MPS can be altered by simply dragging a point on the stock or capacity graphs, and production of a specific item can be moved from one planning period to the next. All modifications will be mirrored in all linked plot and grid windows.
Visualise production schedules
It’s critical for businesses to plan months ahead of time rather than simply weeks. Advanced planning with Opcenter Planning can aid in expansion, capacity, and the formation of new partnerships.
Businesses, such as Sainsbury’s, may be more willing to collaborate with new outlets if they know what else they have going on. This forward planning can also assist in determining when it’s necessary to invest in additional people, new machinery, or new production lines, as well as when it is necessary to prepare for large collaborations or busy seasons.
Opcenter Planning software is a strong capacity and production planning solution that may assist planners in making strategic decisions regarding their factories, resources, and employees. It is intended to make planners’ jobs easier by giving them the tools they need to better their bill of materials planning, enabling make-to-order planning, executing make-to-stock planning, and rapidly and simply visualising production plans.
The programme is designed to assist planners rather than replace them. Companies can look forward and plan months in advance with advanced planning, which can help with expansion, capacity, and forming new relationships.
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