All master data, process routes, BOMs, item attributes, minimum/maximum/unit production lot sizes, etc. that are required for scheduling are registered and managed in a single table. Alternatively, data may be imported from external systems, such as an ERP system.
Individual cycle times for all resources (setup, processing, teardown and waiting/transportation times) are registered. Process-related waiting times (minimum/maximum) and interdependencies between processes (consecutive/overlapping) are mapped, too.
Asprova maps main-resources (machines, work stations, etc.) and sub-resources (workers, molds, devices, etc.) for all processes. A process becomes scheduled only if all resources that are necessary for production are available. Availability of all resources is taken into account at all times to ensure a realistic and feasible schedule, which is the foundation of ensuring steady production flow.
It is possible to map alternative resources for processes. Asprova maps resource specifications that are relevant to production, on the basis of which resources are chosen for production. Selection rules such as resource priority or, or a selection that is based on production quantitiy, can be used as well. Rules for make-or-buy decisions can be utilized, too.
Asprova visualizes the process flow of set master data, including branching and merging processes.
Time relationships between processesare registered in the form of master data. Besides start-end-relationships, simple process overlaps or process overlaps with split lots can be mapped.
Asprova considers process-related, minimum waiting times between processes in scheduling, including:
Asprova takes into account maxiumum time limites between processes for items. This feature is used for products that have limited druablity or shelf life, such as certain chemicals or foods, that need to be processed within a limited period of time.
Item specifications are mapped to ensure maximum accuracy and realism in the schedule.