Most providers of planning software for industrial manufacturing offer a fragmented system, that is, one that contains functionally independent application modules. These often do not interoperate seamlessly with each other, and thus do not enable flow production.
It is imperative for Industry 4.0 to employ a full-auto APS, SCP system which is capable of orchestrating production so that complicatedly intertwined processes become lined up seamlessly.
The Asprova APS and SCP systems meet these requirements fully. The software is based on advanced algorithms that make it possible to map the entire production process to a degree of 100 %. Further, the software easily integrates into your existing IT environment.
|High overall efficiency through synchronized processes|
|100 % realistic mapping of the production in real time|
|Easy integration into your IT environment by linking to existing ERP systems - without programming|
|Reduce lead time in production by 50 %|
|Visualizing the Production Process|
|Calculation of future KPI's|
|High-speed calculation for planning and simulation|
|White box instead of black box: The APS System with total transparency|
Full process synchronization is based on accurate planning, which entails assigning manufacturing orders in correct order to be processed on the correct resources. This is only possible with the help of Asprova APS software, whereby
Ideally, final assembly should be able to handle a total mix of products according to the delivery sequence!
All related and parallel processes e.g. subassemblies and the mechanical production line should handle products sequentially, according to final assembly tact, and in its sequence.
This is the basis of a well-synchronized production process, just-in-time-production with minimal lead time, and minimal inventory.
Lot sizes should be as small as possible. Together, machine setup time and production lot sizes reveal the grade of your just-in-time standard.
Just a small degree of inaccuracy becomes, with time, magnified exponentially. This makes it necessary to perform constant downstream adjustments to the plan, as, say, a change made to a customer order is going to affect all downstream processes as well as parallel processes.
Without an APS planning system, one has to resort back to manual planning with Excel.
There is only one way – completely correct planning. Every other way leads to exponentially growing inaccuracy.
The planning department acts as a conductor in directing all processes to achieve and maintain a great degree of process synchronization.
The factory, hereby, is observed and controlled from a bird’s-eye perspective. This allows the planner to issue manufacturing orders to each resource according to an optimized sequence, calculated by Asprova.
Making use of an advanced planning and scheduling system is the best method to greatly improve total efficiency.
Further advantages are that planning efforts are reduced to a fraction, and implementation only takes a few months!
The midbrain is part of the brain stem and its function is to relay signals between the spinal cord and all other parts of the brain.
In a similar way, the Asprova APS planning system processes information in a back-and-forth, whereby the shop floor is kept running according to plan and likewise plan is updated according to circumstances on the shop floor. This is the corner stone for feasibility and realism between planning and execution.
Asprova communicates with common ERP systems seamlessly via interface.
All settings for mapping the entire production process are done through simple adjustment of existing standard parameters, without programming.
This makes establishing an interface with an ERP system and any other software such as a manufacturing execution system very easy.
for the most part, which is non-value-added time.
This is true even for world class manufacturers that have high-grade just-in-time systems in place –
about one percent of their total lead time is value-added;
the rest is waiting time and stagnation
+ WIP inventory reduction by 50 %
+ finished goods inventory reduction by 30 %
+ increased productivity and greatly reduced planning efforts
+ Minimized variable costs and minimized fixed costs
Reducing variable costs and fixed costs through just-in-time production
Long lead times and excessive inventory stocks signify underlying problems.
Less inventory stocks and short lead times bring any such problems to the surface where they can be solved.
Visual presentation of scheduling results in the form of bar graphs (Gantt-Chart and others) perfects your grasp of and on the entire production process, from customer order to finished-good delivery. In this way, you have the ability to view and control everything weeks and months into the future and in seconds-accuracy.
Issues such as inbound order delays become apparent in advance, making them avoidable in the first place through pre-emptive plan adjustments. Additional information that is related to the order can be pulled up swiftly.
Most companies make use of KPIs that in their standard form denote performance of the past in terms of productivity, lead time, costs, inventory, etc. Evaluating these bears little in terms of improving future results, however.
Asprova features Predictive KPI for costs, lead time, value-added time, stagnation, setup time, resource productivity, inventory and many more according to four main attributes:
Up to 5,000 calculations are completed in three seconds, which makes Asprova the world’s fastest scheduler. A very complex production process, and including the complete supply chain, can be planned with minimal time investment. Of course, capacities are considered finite and material availability is checked for.
Other schedulers require several hours of calculation time for a mere 100,000 operations;
Asprova handles that number in twenty seconds.
Changes made in one place can have effects in many other places. As the title implys, the mechanisms and workings behind tables, charts, and graphs can be tracked and studied, so that you gain a complete and in-depth understanding of Asprova APS and Asprova SCP.
Armed with knowledge of the logical consistency between settings and scheduling results, there are no limits on how you use Asprova to positively manipulate your production process and supply chain!.