These planning strategies result in a very complex task. Based on 5 production lines, 6 product groups and 10 suppliers, 300 production versions emerge per month. Over a period of 18 months, experience indicates the need for improvement strategies, as there are 5,400 production versions that have to be planned for a production period of 18 months. Furthermore, 50 % of those 5,400 production versions are changing within a month. A task that can hardly be solved by men.
With ORSOFT Manufacturing Workbench, production orders are created in SAP ERP on the basis of a convolution table and the combination of finished goods, production line, applied wafer and production date. When creating the production order, the convolution table is loaded automatically in order to achieve a valid plan. The result is a partial output of up to 40 cells of varying quality and efficiency or up to 6 solar modules of varying capacity. The planning process creates a data object that represents a relatively accurate preview of the actual production output over 18 months. ORSOFT Manufacturing Workbench supports procurement and sales departments – based on planning simulations, product availability can be determined as well as required amounts and types of material that need to be purchased by which dates.