Supports the visibility and optimization of the overall supply chain

Global expansion of the manufacturing industry requires a tool which can simultaneously manage

  1. Global demand
  2. Global distribution center networks (DC3)
  3. Global factory networks
  4. Global supply

Asprova SCM creates a schedule for the overall supply chain, assisting in the visibility thereof, and the overall optimization of the supply chain.
Scheduling features consist of SCP (Supply Chain Planning) and APS (detailed scheduling).
Given demand input, SCP will create a schedule for multiple customers, distribution centers, factories and suppliers.
Given the factory schedule from the SCP result, APS will create a detailed schedule for manufacturing at each factory.

Modelling the supply chain

An example of the type of supply chain handled by Asprova SCM is shown below.
The supply chain consists of sites (suppliers, factories, distribution centers and final customers) linked by delivery resources (truck, ship, air freight etc).
Factories and distribution centers can exist in multiple levels and have an inventory point (small red triangle) associated with them.
Item C is consumed by factories F3 and F4 to produce item B, which is further consumed by factories F1 and F2 to produced the final item A1 and A2.
The final product A1/A2 is then delivered to the customer via the distribution centers.
Production constraints, and the constraints of delivery routes are registered in the master data for Asprova SCM.

supply chain and SCP

Input to Asprova SCP

In the example on the left, demand (order) is input at the customers at the bottom of the chart.
Orders can be forecast orders, tentative orders or confirmed orders.
These can be input manually or imported from an external system such as an ERP system.

SCP calculation and constraints

With demand input at the final customer, SCP works backwards through the sites along the chain calculating material requirement, linking supply/demand between sites and simultaneously create a rough time schedule.
The necessary purchase orders and manufacturing orders are generated automatically, and start/end times are determined for each production and delivery task.
SCP considers all involved constraints : supply capacity, production capacity and delivery capacity.

Output from Asprova SCP

SCP outputs supply plans (purchase plans) , production plans and delivery plans.
SCP output Order type Deciding factors
Supply plan Purchase order Supplier, customer, item, quantity, due date
Delivery plan Delivery resource, departure time, arrival time
Production plan Manufacturing order Factory, item, quantity, due date, start time, completion time

APS creates production schedules for each factory

From the production plan generated by Asprova SCP, a detailed production plan for each factory can be created by Asprova APS for each individual process involved, and work instructions can be issued directly from this schedule.

The implement advantage of Asprova SCM

Realize the visibility of supply chain

Through delivery plan, supply plan, production plan, demand table, inventory graph, load graph, order Gantt chart, resource Gantt chart that output from SCP, we can find out and solve the problems such as delay delivery date and the bottleneck of supply chain overall, to realize the overall optimization.

Shorten the leadtime of of supply chain overall

“Purchase order” and “production order” of each sites are in synchronization when SCP creates a schedule.
The “total lead time” from material input to product supplied to customer can be reduced.
Therefore, significant inventory reduction in supply chain will be achieved, and quick response of demand changes also become possible.
If puts inventory buffer at an appropriate site, the “delivery lead time” from receiving an order to product arrived to customers will be reduced, the opportunities of receiving orders also will be increased.
Because SCP creates a schedule at a high speed, “planning lead time” is reduced so as the demand fluctuations impact can be communicated instantly overall supply chain.

Easy to make a prototype

When you discuss to implement this system, we can make a prototype on base of your company’s case to get reification system image.
Please feel free to contact us about making prototype.

Support the visibility and optimization of the over all supply chain.