Advanced planning and scheduling in demanding planning environments

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MAGAZINE №6 (71) December 2015


CATEGORY   Corporate logistics industrial companies  Modern concepts and technologies in logistics and supply chain management Planning the supply chain Information Technology in Logistics and SCM 


The paper examines the characteristics of Advanced Planning and Scheduling systems (APS systems). The various definitions of APS systems are analyzed. It is pointed out that the analysis of the experience of these systems implementation leads to the conclusion about a number of deficiencies that do not allow them to solve specific range of tasks in a demanding planning environment. The key characteristics of demanding planning environments are systematized. Their presence limits the possibility of successful implementation of the standard APS systems. These characteristics include the technological processes uniqueness; high complexity and scope; limited ability to describe and low predictability; high volatility and change sensitivity. The key features that allow to classify the new generation of APS systems are formalized. The definition for APS systems of new generation is proposed. The comparative analysis of the several generations planning systems (MRP II, APS I, APS II) is provided. Finally, examples of implementations of the new generation APS systems at Trinicke Zelezarny, Czech Republic; Timken Steel, USA; VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation, Russia are provided.


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