Advanced Planning System

The production planning cockpit "PPC" as a supply chain management tool for SAP enables multi-level planning across all levels of the supply chain. This ensures material availability, adheres to production restrictions and achieves a high level of planning quality.

Features of an Advanced Planning System

An APS system enables comprehensive planning abilities that encompasses various planning criteria. APS systems differ from simple planning software products mainly in the following features:

  • Planning across the entire supply chain (also called "multi-level planning") which can include all factors of the supply chain as planning components: from purchasing to delivery
  • Using a combination of the following components:
  • Ensuring material availability across the entire supply chain
  • Planning against restrictions (especially against limited production resources)
  • Planning against rules, which guarantees a high planning quality in addition to compliance with the restrictions (e.g. short set-up times, short storage times, use of the most efficient resources)
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APS systems cover all planning horizons, from the very short-term (the next few days) to a long-term horizon (several months). To achieve this, especially in the long-term area, an APS tool must also be able to perform simulations: Production plans are drawn up and compared on the basis of hypothetical assumptions (e.g. development of orders from key customers, expansion of machinery, hiring of additional employees, relocation of production to other sites).

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The production planning cockpit "PPC" for SAP as an APS tool:

ITeanova's planning tool, which is completely integrated in SAP, contains all the essential components of an APS tool and has proven itself in demanding and often complex scenarios and requirement specifications.

The most important APS functions:

  • Modelling of multi-level production as a combination of in-house and external production (entire supply chain) in presentation and planning
  • Modelling of numerous restrictions with an adjustable rule set and easy expandability
  • Possibility of taking into account material availability and requirement dates for all planning algorithms during scheduling
  • Optimisation heuristics according to various criteria
  • Building what-if scenarios with simulated master and transaction data
  • Planning algorithms based on simulated scenarios
  • Compare different simulations

Benefits of an APS Tool


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Flexible planning cockpit for displaying comprehensive plans across the entire supply chain according to various aspects:

  • Aggregated data (such as display of capacity totals, overview of penalty costs, alert monitor)
  • Detailed data views (e.g. all operations/orders per resource or resource groups)
  • Modelling of supply chains via hierarchical representation Dashboard with flexible key figures
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  • to customer
  • to supplier
  • in production

Synchronise your production so that right materials are available, in the right amount, in the right place, at the right time. Run ATP checks that match your real life production process and confidently give your customers delivery dates you know you can fulfil. Optimise your use of stock and supplier deliveries so that your production line never experiences stockout events.

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  • to customer
  • to supplier
  • in production

Plan production using planning criteria - PPC constraints - that are relevant to your business process. The PPC constraints are an easy and powerful way to control production. Plan your production by reserving machine capacity for specific customers to keep High Service Levels . Distribute your supplier deliveries evenly or create rules for specific sourcing strategies. Plan your production so that specific machine capacity is allocated to specific products to maintain optimal stock levels.

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  • long-term
  • bucket planning

Planning in the long term, efficiently and precisely, thanks to the PPC roughcut planning module, is possible. Our module will help you plan production levels, inventory and resource allocation accurately. Machine, labor and material constraints can limit production and flexibility. Our Rough cut Planning module offers the right amount of precision and the right amount flexibility to build an efficient Production schedule

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  • short-term
  • time-continuous

Our PPC sequencer is the ideal planning tool for your detailed scheduling requirements. Plan in the short term by optimising order sequences based on criteria that are relevant for your business. Plan for minimum setup time or prioritise sequences that respect demand dates, or even better, do both in one planning run. The PPC sequencer can balance several planning criteria simultaneously. Discover more.

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