Like many commercially available Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, MAX is based upon the Manufacturing Control System (MCS) model which clearly defines the role of material and capacity across planning horizons. At the Master Production Schedule (MPS) level we find Rough-cut Capacity Planning which is concerned with balancing the demand for capacity with available supply. At the Shop Floor Execution (SFE) level we find Priority Planning and Control, which is concerned with short term schedules and priority (i.e., what comes next).
This SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) application is the Capacity Planning module that MAX should have internally, but was never developed. It effectively handles both rough-cut capacity and priority planning which are "must haves" for infinite capacity planning systems like MAX.
Manufacturing Control System
Materials & Capacity Planning
Establish the available hours and utilization rates across your planning horizon to reflect manning levels for each work center. When will you hire that next employee?
Create the best production schedule that balances demand and supply across the planning horizon, but do so with respect to available capacity.
Immediately assess the impact of your schedule on work center capacity. Planned, approved and released work is included using standard and order routing data. There is no need to release orders to see shop load.
Change due dates for orders, or order sequences, without leaving the application. Remaining sequence dates are automatically updated. Graphs show changes immediately.
Use released order information to coordinate priorities and concerns with shop floor supervisors. Give your floor a fighting chance to be successful.
Meet organizational objectives of improving customer service, making operations more efficient and profitable, and maintaining the proper levels of capital investment.
Update work center data
Update part master build lead-time from routing
Update shop order due dates (planned, approved and released orders)
Update shop order sequence due dates (released orders)
Reschedule order routings - Open orders only, skip those adjusted
Update pick list requirement dates
More information can be found in the "Downloads" section below.
It is my assessment that many organizations do not understand the importance of scheduling and balancing the schedule with estimated capacity. This is partly due to the lack of training and partly due to the lack of available tools.
Balancing demand and supply from a quantity perspective is easy. Just run the Materials Requirements Planning (MRP) explosion right?
Balancing demand and supply with respect to capacity is "a little" more difficult, and without the proper tools, impossible.
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