Production Scheduling Design

How to Grade Your Production Scheduling System

Executive Summary Companies generally don’t know what their production scheduling systems should be able to do. We explain how to grade your production scheduling system against essential criteria. Introduction Production scheduling software will never be considered the sexy category of the enterprise software. That may be hard for people who work in this area to…

Production Scheduling Design

How to Combine MES and ERP for Production

Executive Summary How ERP requires support from specialized manufacturing systems like the MES application. We cover MES ERP or ERP MES for complete production management. Introduction For decades ERP companies along with most of the major consulting companies have overestimated to their customers how much ERP software can be used for. Several reasons for this…

Production Scheduling Design

Why Airbus Runs a Superplant Manufacturing Operation

Executive Summary Due to outsourcing, Airbus runs a superplant, which is multiple plants feeding master plants. We cover this superplant concept. Introduction Superplant is a container term for three functionalities that allow locations that are traditionally considered “separate” to be planned as they are part of one giant plant or superplant. Superplant is the most…

Production Scheduling Design

What is the Actual Definition of Vertical Integration?

Executive Summary Vertical integration is an industry structure that is employed to control sequential supply. We cover both backward and forward integration. Introduction Those who have a familiarity with business have heard of the term vertical integration — where one company performs all of the activities that lead to the output product. Some of the best-known…

Production Scheduling Design

How to Best Perform Backflushing in SAP ERP

Executive Summary Backflushing, which can be described as postproduction issuing, is the method of issuing materials to production orders when the production of a specific operation is completed. Backflushing often works well when production runs are long and in repetitive manufacturing environments. Introduction Backflushing is a method of decoupling the goods issue process from the…

Production Scheduling Design

Backward Scheduling and Forward Scheduling in SAP ERP and SAP APO

Executive Summary We cover backward and forward scheduling and its setup and implications for SAP ERP and SAP APO. We show examples of the setup in SAP ERP and SAP APO with the SNP Heuristic. Introduction: Scheduling Direction – a Primary System Control Scheduling direction is a confusing topic but is critical for managing the capacity…