The benefits of advanced planning and scheduling systems

Integrating software can improve manufacturing, supply chain processes

By Steve Greene

Advanced planning and scheduling (APS) systems are manufacturing management software programs that simultaneously plan and schedule production based on available materials, labor and enterprise capacity. The five primary components of APS systems are demand planning, production planning, production scheduling, distribution planning and transportation planning. With this broad scope, APS can realistically simulate production and distribution throughput so more thorough and feasible plans can be executed.

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