The Master Production Scheduling & Forecasting module is designed to work intrinsically with the Material Requirements Planning module where suitable product structures and company operating processes exist. The module can be run based on external forecasts seamlessly imported.
The system consumes forecasts based on user defined rules. The schedule of manufactured items usually created to fill 'outside' demand from demand forecasts, customer orders and other orders that specifies the exact item numbers, dates and quantities for production but is not in itself a production order to be released to the floor. It considers the high-level production plan and aligns with management targets for linearity and permissible level of changes.
Once accepted, the MPS specifies the date and quantity requirements used by MRP to explode demand through the bill of materials. While most often for end items, variations of MPS allow planning critical lower levels such as major subassemblies based on a forecast that is then consumed by customer orders for finished goods that require those subassemblies.
The system holds an unlimited amount of historical sales data, which is recorded automatically as sales orders are entered and processed.
The MPS is the main driver for the rest of the planning and scheduling system, and the level of success in attaining a realistic MPS needs to be complimented by an integrated solution. ABS provides such a solution, that is modular and highly user-configurable, providing companies with the ability to change their business processes readily should the market dictate.
A key requirement in accurate forecasting is detailed records of historical demand. The system holds an unlimited amount of historical sales data, which is recorded automatically as your sales orders are entered and processed.
Sets up Working Plans for a projected period and includes Forward and Backward Consumption. The Plan can be split into user-definable periods and generate Planning BOM's to include any number of levels of Aggregation e.g. Area, Branch, Product Group etc. Additional Plans can be generated as "What if Scenarios" to provide an outlook on different marketing campaigns, seasonal changes and growth forecasts. Schedules can be updated to accommodate changes in any given level or the whole plan.