Stable supply chains and excellent delivery reliability are elementary goals of any manufacturing company. Nevertheless, many companies face the challenge of achieving their objectives even though production is already directly aligned with them. Often, however, insufficient attention is paid to the fact that supply chain management involves the planning of entire logistic chains from production to quality control. Standard ERP systems focus on production and usually allow only very limited capacity planning of quality inspections. In addition, a medium- to long-term forecast of upcoming capacity requirements is often not offered at all. As a solution, planning of laboratory activities is therefore carried out with MS Excel Sheets or other planning aids that are not connected to the ERP system. This leads to a double system break: On the process level, there is a break because the capacity planning of the laboratories and the production takes place on different systems. In addition, a laboratory information management system (LIMS) is often used to perform quality controls, which is another process system. Since these different systems do not access the same data source, this usually results in a data break. This results in considerable additional effort to supply laboratory planning with data from production and the analytical laboratory. In addition, laboratory planning is often inaccurate and inefficient because it cannot work with the most up-to-date production data.
ORSOFT LabScheduling covers this functional gap and resolves system breaks. Due to the flexible interface connections of the lab scheduling solution to ERP systems, external databases or LIMS, previously disconnected systems are now inter-connected. ORSOFT LabScheduling is certified for use with SAP ERP / SAP S/4HANA (modules PP, PP-PI and QM). In addition, ORSOFT has extensive experience in connecting LIMS such as QDA SOLUTIONS LIMS or LabWare. Customization of the interface connection is also possible. Laboratory planning thus becomes part of an integrated planning process from production planning in ERP to the execution of quality controls in LIMS. At the process level, capacity analysis, capacity and detailed planning are supported, and the results of the LIMS are processed. This is done with real-time synchronization in a database ensuring that ORSOFT LabScheduling always accesses the current database of all connected systems.
Avoiding system breaks and central data management between the systems, the lab scheduling solution also considers horizontal and vertical planning levels. On the one hand, ORSOFT LabScheduling takes into account all planning levels from production planning to the execution of quality controls; on the other hand, capacities, material flows or personnel requirements are considered within laboratory planning. The planning horizon in laboratory planning is synchronized to that of production planning. This allows precise capacity forecasting and early identification of capacity bottlenecks in the laboratories. In detailed planning, on the other hand, real-time data processing allows a flexible response to changing business events and agile short-term planning of the laboratories. This creates a high level of planning transparency and reflects entire business process of supply chain management (SCM) along the long-, medium- and short-term planning horizon.