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Orders, BOM items, operations, work places and their capacities are the central elements of residue-free scheduling in the control centre.
4APS consists of the interactive planning table showing above:
1. Jobs table, BOM items and operations
All shared jobs are initially read into the planning, the selection rules in the control centre are configurable. Orders can be loaded regardless of SAP. Tabular orders, BOM items, operations can be invoked. The information displayed via XML is freely designable. To find similar jobs to findyou can use the search function. As a full-text or detailed search, the search result is highlighted.
2. Timeline and history
The planning board is set up as a bar chart, where the time axis is horizontal and the sequence of jobs is displayed vertically. In each line, the assignment of a job with all of its operations is represented by colored bars. A scaling of the time axis can be easily and continuously adjustable at the push buttons.
3. Work places
The vertical jobs are displayed in a hierarchy in the form of resource types or groups in a tree structure. Substructures can be shown and hide as needed. Per workstation you can set in the multi resource planning 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 planning is incorporated. Residence or cycle time allows fine adjustment of planning data without adjustments to the work plans you have to make in ams.erp.
4. Available capacity
The available capacity range is determined from the shift model in SAP from the work places and is represented by the planning board:
5. Pass of an order with BOM items and operations
If an order is selected in the table, you can see in the bar chart by the representation of 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 board represents the current time, it pushes every minute right ahead. Since the planning is done without leaving a residue, operations not started automatically were pushed ahead; launched operations are starting "nibbled" from the default time accordingly. Only when operations were reported as completed, they disappear from the planning board and the freed capacity can be re-occupied.
6. Punctuality and delay traffic light visualization
Complaints from customers due to late deliveries can be avoided if we recognize them early and react appropriately. This helps the delay visualization in the form of a user-defined traffic light principle for the deviations from the confirmed delivery date. Late operations are highlighted and presented the schedule variances in calendar days. For planners, this means that the most critical jobs can be found at the top and must be handled accordingly.
7. Detailed planning and visualizing the impact of rescheduling
Planning algorithms that enable automatic optimization of logistic objectives as well as the manual rescheduling with immediate analysis of the impact on all orders. In the last case, for example, Operations are pushed horizontally along the time axis as well as to another work place. In order to recognize resulting impact of rescheduling made in the control centre immediately, these are with red (down by x days) and green (improvement by x days) arrows marked. So is immediately apparent which jobs are as hard hit when re-planning or what-if simulations. Throughout the planning, the dependencies of the job networks and structures should be considered and applied. Dynamic or static bottlenecks are visualized on the time intervals of operations.
8. Operation and daily comments
About comments you can place important informations directly to the operations. These can be, for example, special features are noted and filed apparent, even for colleagues. Comments are quickly and intuitively accessible via the context menu in the process. If a comment has been saved to a task, you can see it with a littel icon on the job.
If you move the mouse, for example, on an operation, relevant information is displayed. This representation can be configured via XML due to the customers requirements.