The layout of the Shelf Life Cockpit is split into different areas, containing different windows and table-like sheets also called browsers. The top part of the screen shows the Working frame: used to determine and analyze any shelf life conflict. The bottom part is divided into two smaller Detailed frames that show detailed information and analyses.
Shelf Life Monitor
The Shelf Life Monitor is the main working window and it is opened automatically after starting the software. The SLM lists all relevant materials and shows various calculated key figures and alerts related to these materials. Each line stands for one material.
With the help of this monitor, the user can get a quick overview of the materials with shelf life caused conflicts and make a first rough-cut analysis of the problem. There are the detailed browsers available for a deeper analysis of the situation.
The browser Batch stocks lists all batches with their corresponding stock information. Shelf life conflicts are displayed in the Batch stocks browser through alerts. However, the alert in this browser gives a signal not only that there is a shelf life conflict within this batch, but also if a part of or the total amount will expire, or whether the access quantity is completely consumed and there is no decay . In addition to the objects´ shelf life information, relevant information regarding the next demand date and demand quantity is also displayed.
The browser Process orders provides an overview of all process orders and predictable shelf life conflicts for the planned production batches.
Like in the browser for Batch stocks, shelf life conflicts are displayed with yellow, red, or gray icons with the same meaning.
Unlike the shelf life conflicts in batch stocks, which can only be solved by on time consuming or selling the amounts that have an upcoming expiration date, process orders with such conflicts can be re-scheduled. In order to avoid shelf life conflicts in process orders, it is possible to change the planned production amount and/or the scheduled production time. A shelf life conflict solution with process orders is possible not only through a change in the Supply Chain environment (e.g. additional demands), but also through changing the object itself e.g. re-scheduling the object. Taking shelf life conflicts into consideration as early as in the stage of production scheduling can help to reduce the probability of conflicts arisind later. Paying closer attention to the shelf life dates will improve the quality of planning and ensure that the amount of SLED-related losses will decrease.
Planning Book – Perishable Goods
The Planning Book for Perishable Goods offers more details by summing up all goods movements (receipts and issues) of each material within the selected horizon and aggregating the result in predefined time buckets such as days, weeks or months. At the same time, this browser contains information about the expected quantities expiring and calculates the planned stock level for each time bucket. The planning horizon as well as the time bucket granularity can both be changed at any time.
Expiring amounts and shortages in the inventory are highlighted in red so that the user can identify them quickly and easily. A detailed analysis of these conflicts can be retrieved from the relevant cell menus and viewed in a detailed browser. In order to support further analysis of the expiratory problem, this detailed browser offers a list of all goods movements (receipts and issues) with information on the corresponding MRP elements per time bucket.