To meet production requirements, manufacturers must balance the limitations of their equipment against the needs of customer demand. Equipment, time constraints, and personnel limitations combine to limit the maximum capacity of any production environment. In order to put together an effective production schedule, manufacturers must consider equipment changeovers and capacity constraints to balance demand and optimize production.
In today's competitive environment, the key determinant of profitability and supply chain performance is a company's ability to control inventories, backlog, and employment levels. To get the most out of your sales and operations plan, the supply team needs to recognize the current sales forecast and backlog as well as any constraints from the factory, vendors and finance. But most enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems fall short in this area. In fact, traditional materials requirements planning (MRP) so ware ignores constraints like machine capacity, material availability, and labor skills. That’s why John Galt’s Atlas Planning suite includes a Capacity Planning module.
In consumer-driven supply chains, the need to identify bottlenecks that could impede a company’s ability to respond to ever changing demand is critical. Our Capacity Planning module provides manufacturing planners with visibility of the unconstrained demand and the company's ability to deliver. Using Rough Cut Capacity Planning, strategies can be created to determine the capacity needed for key resources, manpower, machinery, warehouse space, venders capabilities, and of course capital. With Capacity Planning, your planners have the capability to synchronize supply constraints with market demand. And that improves overall supply chain performance because you can:
Our Capacity Planning module gives a master planner or plant scheduler the ability to see how current or forecasted product demand will affect the utilization of manufacturing resources. Dynamic data, like the manufacturing schedule, and static data such as routings and operations are loaded into Capacity Planner. Then Capacity Planner calculates required work center capacity to meet demand. By identifying any gaps between available supply and forecasted demand, utilization of manufacturing equipment and personnel can be improved.
John Galt's Capacity Module is seamlessly integrated with the Demand Management and Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) modules within the Atlas Planning suite. The Capacity Planning module features include: