Auto suppliers use Advanced Planning and Scheduling software to optimize their production processes.

Advanced planning and scheduling, or APS, software is used to solve an assortment of problems.

That’s why machining shops, testing environments, parts manufacturers, and other auto suppliers use these systems for different reasons.

Resource allocation and tool utilization: APS software enables companies to instantly schedule thousands of manufacturing processes and operations while optimizing staff and tool availability. Additionally, the software can carry out “what-if scenarios” to support or reject decisions for optimal facility management.

Bottleneck detection: An APS system can provide instant visibility into conflicts, so corrective actions can be put into place. Improved visibility and transparency enable organizations to find the root cause of missed due dates and empowers planners to easily adjust plans, machines and personnel.

Rescheduling to meet production changes: Manage unpredictable events with frequent reschedule calculations. APS software can help to adjust plans to meet customer-specific priorities and reduce lead times.

Raw material inventory reduction: APS software features can provide high visibility on material consumption, projected stocks and shortages. Certain rules allow for intelligent material allocation multiple times throughout the day to manage changed order quantities and due dates.

Watch this webinar clip for an in-depth look at the many ways automotive suppliers are using APS systems:

How do auto suppliers use APS systems?

Regardless of the reason, auto suppliers of every size have something to gain from implementing an APS system to solve complex problems.

Watch the entire on-demand webinar and learn more about APS software, how auto suppliers use it, and find out how it compares to other solutions.

Planning is more complex than you realize. Try this interactive planning and scheduling game!

This is the third in a series of weekly blog posts about APS software and the automotive industry.

Read last week’s blog to learn more: What is APS software?

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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