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Wednesday 28th July 2021 11:22 AM
Advanced Production Planning and Scheduling Goes Native for Industry 4.0
Enhanced production planning and scheduling (APS) is an important part of production if efficiencies are to be optimized where there are contesting priorities on resources. The process considers raw materials, equipment availability and production volume and allocates them in the best way to meet customer requirements. There are a number of different tools that may be used to implement APS to deliver excellent scheduling results—but what is different about ‘native’ scheduling and why should you be paying attention to it?
What Is ‘Native Scheduling’?
Native and non-native scheduling are a variety of because of where the application resides. Native scheduling exists within the production execution systems (MES), whereas non-native arranging works using a tool that runs alongside the MES. Non-native scheduling solutions can come in several different forms. They may be offered by specialist companies in the area of scheduling, be a module within the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system or third-party scheduling module integrated into the MES, or as a bolt-on provided by the MES company. While all of these can and always do offer great scheduling, they do not fully and entirely work within the MES, fully sharing master data with integration and synchronisation at the inmost level. Indeed, native scheduling within the MES is not the usual or customary providing and is it is basically quite uncommon to find a true native scheduling option within a system.
Why Do You Need Native Scheduling?
So why should you concern whether a system offers traditional APS or native scheduling? The solution lays in efficiency. While historically, the efficiency of a separate APS module has sufficed, the change to Industry 4.0 manufacturing models with dynamic instead than linear process flows, means the difference in efficiency is restricting the full realization of benefits of a smart shop floor. This is because a arranging application which uses its own database needs to integrate with the MES for data including calendars, maintenance schedules, information on equipment status and setup matrices and synchronize this information with materials and perform in progress (WIP). This all requires transformation of data into an correct form, convert to the APS application and then transformation and transfer back again to the MES for execution. The work and time required means the MES and APS cannot react fast to dynamic changes on the shop level. The systems can get out of step and schedules cannot consistently be executed as planned, disrupting the flow and productivity of the business.
Alternatively, the shared master data of an MES with native scheduling means that the scheduling runs effortlessly. Latest data is always ready as production advances and new schedules are published better business outcomes. the need for XML or file transfer activity. The streamlined native system further reduces implementation time, better optimizes operations and helps with maintenance strategies to minimize total cost of possession and overall risk to production. In a practical and intelligent way, the system will respond more quickly than traditional APS to changes in business priorities, demand and unforeseen interrupts to normal operation, improving on-time deliveries and business margins. As a native part of the MES, schedules will be optimized for total plant performance as well as being validated and enforced with complete visibility to the operator for total peace of mind.
Cleaner data, lower risk and happier IT
From an IT perspective, natively integrated scheduling means there are no challenges, risks or hold ups from system integrating activities. One data set eliminates the need for any duplication and any offer for discrepancies between systems. As there is also no need for alternative user interfaces, the system requires reduced stages of assist and presents a lower cybersecurity risk. When any alters, updates or servicing to the system is required, these are automatically synchronized without the need for new modification, integration testing, and separate deployment, reducing the ongoing maintenance cost of the system.
Bag the lot: Faster, better and cheaper
Definitely, the benefits of native scheduling: increased efficiency, reduced risk, easier maintenance, and streamlined functions; reflect back into clear as a whole business benefits. Having a single system with a single license equates to lessen setup costs, less training overhead, and better optimized maintenance using fewer assets. This significantly lowers the total cost of ownership compared with an MES with non-native scheduling.
Rewards are also not restricted to operations and IT. Supply chain, logistics, support services, financial, and sales are all most likely to profit from the more robust and responsive scheduling. The added agility and responsiveness native scheduling adds to a business means customers are very likely to get what they want, when they want it. Fewer costly delays, improved on-time shipping and better optimization of operations all bolster brand, enhance customer loyalty, and add to the in a nutshell of the business.
Preparing for the Future
There has been much talk around Industry 4.0 and the changes that are happening in manufacture businesses, especially for the production of more intricate and complex products or services. Benefits of changing to a smart factory with distributed intelligence and dynamic procedures throughout the shop floor include greatly increased efficiency; economic production of low-volume, high-mix batches, and faster response to changing customer demands. Eventually, the industrial revolution we are seeing today is about business agility. Without native management, the full pros offered through Industry 4.0 cannot be realized. With native scheduling, companies will enrich their legerity and better respond to customer needs without any complications from complex middleware system integrating. They will be prepared for the unanticipated and minimize the risk of interruptions – whether they be from competitions, new product introductions or supply and demand shifts due to natural disasters.
Clear Benefits – but How Do You Get Native Scheduling?
Having native scheduling as part the MES has crystal clear benefits in terms of efficiency, agility, and reliability—but how can a company capture the rewards it offers? As always, the right thing for a business will depend on the return on investment.
For ventures looking for a new MES, it just makes sense to find one that has been built from the ground-up with scheduling. For those looking just at scheduling software, however, the very nature of native scheduling means it cannot be bolted on. To gain the benefits requires a shift to invest in an MES with scheduling, which may seem a tall order to sell to the management team. But the benefits are strong and, although on the surface it may seem a big undertaking, there are many additional advantages to a complete review the whole manufacturing system with a view to protecting the business in the future with full Industry 4.0 capability.
A Future With Better Business Outcomes
The tech to make Industry 4.0 a reality is with us today. Disregarding the benefits of a lot more efficient and agile production puts businesses at the mercy of their competitions. Although changes will not happen overnight, they will come and, particularly for more elaborate production systems, companies need to think about a pathway to Industry 4.0 to avoid being left behind.
Native scheduling is very much a part of achieving the full agility, reliability, and efficiency offered by Industry 4.0. Pulling the key element of smart supply chain executing in as a deep synchronization of activities in the plant lets the vision of Industry 4.0 to speed toward reality with much more confidence and better business success.
This article is originally posted on manufacturing.net
This article is originally posted on manufacturing.net