The result of the rough-cut planning is a feasible consensus plan for all relevant production steps, expected inventory levels, purchase quantities (demand for raw material), resource utilisation, demand fulfilment and financial aspects, as well as production requirements (planned independent requirements or fixed planned orders). The consensus plan can be discussed in S&OP meetings, revised if necessary, and finally communicated to all business units and transferred to the process of andvanced planning & scheduling.
The planning and simulation tool allows to screen raw material costs based on long-term monitoring. This guarantees necessary demands to be minimised and available raw materials to be used in an optimal way. Due to the integrated planning approach, cross-linking to network planning and contract management is possible. Strategic material simulation enables planners to create additional materials / articles and material hierarchies by simulation.
Capable-to-Promise (CTP) creates transparency for customer service and is intended for both internal and external communication. It is used to check new or unplanned customer orders against available capacities and inventories. All constraints such as availability of resources or lead times for self-produced or externally sourced intermediates are considered. The objective is to communicate a reliable delivery date based on finite production capacities, constraints caused by the current production environment and future order commitments.