Advanced planning and scheduling (APS) software helps manufacturers optimize the allocation of raw materials and production capacity to fulfill demand. APS is most beneficial to companies with complex manufacturing operations which require advanced planning functionality. While manufacturing departments benefit most from using APS software, this type of software can also be leveraged by other departments such as inventory management and procurement.
APS software integrates with manufacturing execution systems to deploy production plans on the shop floor. Integration with ERP systems is also required to exchange information on demand, inventory, and production.
To qualify for inclusion in the Advanced Planning and Scheduling category, a product must:Consolidate demand information from multiple separate systemsTrack the availability of raw materials and production capacityCreate production schedules based on demand and constraintsOptimize production schedules based on changes in demandAllows managers to convert production plans into schedulesDeliver production plans and schedules for multiple locations