Options available for the production scheduler Asprova

*Sales option. In make-to-stock production, pegs forecast manufacturing orders to sales orders from customers. Overproduction and shortage can be controlled through monitoring the pegging status of the forecast manufacturing orders, which enables minimizing the inventory level of finished items while minimizing shortage in the items.

*Purchase option. Purchase orders considering purchase lead times will be generated and pegged to a production schedule, which enables minimizing the inventory level of purchased items while minimizing shortage in the items.

*Time Constraint MAX option. Controls the time constraint MAX (i.e. the maximum length of time between two processes) between processes. For example, this option is used for cases where an item will deteriorate if a certain length of time passes between two processes in which the item is produced.

*Resource Logic option. Specifies not to assign another operation to a resource (machine) unless all the following processes on the resource end. For example, this option is used for cases where a liquid item produced in a tank resource is casted into the next process while an operation of the next process is performed.

*Optimization option. Optimizes the sequence of operations on a resource. Many arrangements are possible, but typically so that the same items and same item groups will be produced consecutively, enabling reducing setup times and changeover times while maintaining due date performance.

*Event option. Inserts ‘events’ (usually some kind of maintenance event for machinery) into the schedule automatically, given a set of customizable conditions, for example after a certain number of items have been produced. This enables automating the scheduling of cleaning and liquid-changing in semiconductor fabrication and chemical processes and the management of the number of guaranteed shots for metal molds.

* KPI – Key performance indicator. Allows for a monetary cost to be associated with items in the schedule, hourly costs for running resources, etc. After a schedule is made the KPI calculation takes into account the cost incurred by each resource, the income made on each sales order etc, and gives an indicator of which products are profitable, where costs are highest etc. This is most commonly used with a LS schedule.