Opcenter APS

One thing we are often asked about is the difference between ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and APS (Advanced Planning and Scheduling) software and how APS software can improve ERP software, especially in the complexities we see in the Food and Beverage sector. Here we look at the differences between them and how they can work together to strengthen your business.

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What is Enterprise Resource Planning software?

ERP software solutions often manage data in real-time within the following business areas; sales, purchasing, accounts, customer relationship management (CRM), payroll, materials, and production, to name a few. Functionality can include sales order processing, material resource planning (MRP), and high-level capacity planning.

Benefits include:

  • Enhanced business reporting with real-time information.
  • Better customer service with faster response times.
  • Improved inventory costs by only carrying as much inventory as needed.
  • Better cloud and data security.
  • Supply chain management with transparency throughout the business.

What are Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) software?

Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) software can be delivered as a stand-alone or integrated solution that enables the finite scheduling of tasks and operations in and around constraints. Constraints include equipment, labor, and materials. APS software has been designed for day-to-day scheduling, capacity planning, and “what if” analysis.

Benefits include:

  • Increased capacity.
  • Greater visibility of Works Orders and Purchase Orders.
  • Improved On Time In Full (OTIF).
  • Reduced Work In Progress (WIP).

Why do I need APS and ERP?

The main problem with ERP software is that, despite its multitude of functions, it lacks the strategic decision-making functions that an Advanced Planning and Scheduling system has.

An APS system can be used to better understand what needs to be planned and scheduled for optimal operations. These applications have different objectives, and the results are based on how they are implemented, integrated, and used.

By using them together, you’d have a comprehensive understanding of your business and have efficiency across the board. Whether you decide to use them both or just focus on your ERP software, it’s time to stop relying on spreadsheets.

The benefits of Opcenter APS

Opcenter Scheduling Ultimate is a fully customized scheduling tool. The database schema can be altered as required, including adding tables and fields, and via the Opcenter programming interfaces, it’s possible to create custom scheduling rules to solve specific scheduling problems and create custom data manipulation tools for use with the Opcenter workflow engine.

The benefits are:

  • 15-20% improvement in productivity.
  • 40-50% reduction in raw material inventory.
  • 50-90% improvement in customer service.
  • Massive time saving against cumbersome spreadsheets.


Disclaimer: I am the author at PLM ECOSYSTEM, focusing on developing digital-thread platforms with capabilities across CAD, CAM, CAE, PLM, ERP, and IT systems to manage the product data lifecycle and connect various industry networks. My opinions may be biased. Articles and thoughts on PLMES represent solely the author's views and not necessarily those of the company. Reviews and mentions do not imply endorsement or recommendations for purchase.

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