Good planning is of vital importance for calculating correct lead times in your production department, and for a good match between supply and demand. Generating a comprehensive plan that takes into account all these factors, such as machine capacity, labor, and availability of critical materials is a complex matter and an important objective for companies in the food and beverage sector.
Forecasts, Workload, and Critical Capacities
SI Foodware – Advanced Production Planning contains the functionality to generate a budget based on the sales history. In addition, there is an option to make changes to the sales budget manually, for example to cope with promotions. Using the production forecast, the system can calculate the workload and the critical materials needed for the production process. Workload can also be simulated by generating simulated production orders. Within SI Foodware, the Workload screen provides clear insight into the workload of the various production lines, work centers, and machine centers.
MPS, MRP, and Planning Critical Materials
When the Master Production Schedule (MPS) and Material Requirements Planning (MRP) batch processes are run, the solution automatically takes into account the product expiry date in regard to the delivery date of the sales order (direct), and also the derived demand for raw materials and semi-finished products. Besides creating insight into the workload for work center and machine centers, the simulation also provides insight into the plans for critical materials. The screen Critical Planning Materials contains an overview of the demand for critical materials.
Advanced Production Planning works with a long-term production plan. The longer the planning period, the more rigid the plan. This means there is a greater chance that sales orders are received which cannot be included in the plan. Within SI Foodware, this problem is neutralized in the Order Commitment screen. This screen shows the list of items where you can enable various filters. For example, you can filter on Outstanding Orders. The system then displays the items for which there is a sales order but no production order.
The Factory Plan provides a complete picture of all ongoing production orders. You can use filters to select on a particular location or a specific date. This not only provides you with a simple overview of the plan; you can also easily make immediate changes to it.