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4APS is based on an interactive graphical planning board:
1. Tabularly summary
All orders are initially imported into the scheduler, the import rules can be configured in the settings. It is also possible to show or hide orders. Customer / production orders and operations may be invoked tabularly. The information displayed is via XML-definable and operation as in MS Excel. To target similar jobs, a full-text search or detail search is available.
2. Timeline and course
The planning board is structured as a Gantt chart, where the time axis is horizontal and the order of the jobs is displayed vertically. In each row, the occupancy of the workplace with all its operations is represented by colored bars. Scaling can be done continuously by zoom.
The vertical jobs are displayed in a hierarchy in the form of resource types or groups in a tree structure. Substructures can be shown or hide as needed. Pro workstation can be defined in whether the termination at all, should be done with infinite capacity or with real capacity. About the level of performance, the availability and productivity in the design incorporated with. Lying or passing time allow fine adjustment of planning data without making changes to work schedules in the ERP system.
4. Available capacity
The available capacity range is determined from the maintained shift models in the operating calendar and is represented by the planning board:
5. Throughput of an order with BOM positions and operations
If an order is selected in the table, it can be seen in the bar graph by representing the timing of all of its operations at a glance. All operations of the selected job will be surrounded by black borders, all other operations can also be hidden. The left red line in the planning table shows the current time, she pushes every minute right ahead. Since the planning is done without residue, operations not started automatically pushed forward; started operations are proceeding "nibbled" of the standard time accordingly. Only when operations were reported as completed, they disappear from the planning board and the freed capacity can be reloaded.
6. Punctuality traffic and delay visualization
Complaints from customers due to late deliveries can be avoided if we recognize them early on and respond accordingly. This helps the late visualization in the form of a user-defined traffic light principle for the deviations from the confirmed delivery date. Late events are highlighted and illustrated the date variances in calendar days. For planners, this means that the most critical jobs can be found at the top and handled accordingly.
7. Detailed planning and visualization of the impact of rescheduling
Planning algorithms that enable automatic optimization of logistic targets as well as manually reschedule with immediate impact analysis on all orders. In the latter case e.g. Operations are horizontally shifted in the time axis as well as to another job. In order to derive recognize resulting impact of rescheduling made in the control room immediately this with red (down by x days) and green (improvement by x days) arrows are indicated. To see immediately what jobs are affected as the rescheduling or what-if simulations. Throughout the planning, the dependencies of the job networks and structures are considered and applied. Dynamic / static bottlenecks are, inter alia, visualized by the intervals of operations.
8. Operation and daily comments
Comments with important information can be deposit directly to the operations. Special features are noted and filed can seen also be seen by colleagues. Comments are quickly and intuitively accessible via the context menu in the process. If a comment was deposited to a task, an icon appears in the planning board (red triangle).
If you move your mouse over e.g. an operation the relevant information is displayed. This representation can be customized via XML.