Advanced Planning and Scheduling


Adding materials to the scheduling picture reinforces JobTime’s commitment to accurate modeling of all shop constraints, in order to deliver accurate visibility of order start and finish times. 

By providing advance warning of potential lateness or stock-out risks, the user can take corrective action to adjust capacity and materials availability with the goal of anticipating and eliminating late deliveries and material stock-outs. 

If you can't see problems coming your way, this is why you may be constantly expediting and still making late deliveries anyway.  

Imagine your shop following a detailed schedule over the next 72 hours where the schedule accurately considers not only machine capacity, but also labor attendance (including vacations), labor skills, tooling, floor-space, assembly sequences and the availability of all required raw materials. 

 JobTime5's new Level 5 is a true Advanced Planning and Scheduling System because it sees on-hand inventory materials, open purchase orders, and planned allocations of material to work orders or shop production lots.

JobTime projects your future inventory levels as they will rise and fall across the schedule horizon, recognizing every material-receipt and material-issue. 

The material planner's post-schedule analysis starts directly from a list of simulated future net requirements. The material planner can click on each net requirement and be immediately taken to the related orders. 

When you use JobTime5 Advanced Planning and Scheduling, any cases of last-minute headaches from missing materials will be greatly reduced

APS lets you plan production around both the constraints of capacity and material availability.  This is how APS helps you reduce inventory even more than your best JiT and Lean Initiatives to date.  First you optimize your production plans with powerful scheduling methods.  Next, you see where additional resources or materials are actually required. Adding materials where critical prevents stock-outs and production delays.  But the detailed schedule of inventory levels, event-by-event, also shows precisely where excess material is building up and can be reduced. This information helps you synchronize your purchasing and manufacturing plans to create purchasing and production schedules that closely fit your demand over time, while still honoring all safety stock requirements. Material usage over time is tailored to your needs, thereby reducing the average inventory you need to keep on hand.  APS supports the supply chain, because it can see customer forecasts and vendor deliveries. JobTime's APS features synchronize both material and capacity constraints over a long-term planning horizon.   You can input forecast demand and/or planned orders from either ERP or a customized version of our JobPlan module to generate work-loads of 12 to 18 months of demand out into the future.

Planners can rapidly adjust planned make and buy orders, and then immediately test the consequence of their planning strategies without impacting data in the ERP system. Each net requirement is solved case-by-case, and confirmed using JobTime5 rapid rescheduling technology.  When the joint set of net requirements is resolved as desired, the combination of suggested order changes can be printed, emailed or optionally exported back into ERP for implementation.


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