Supply Planning Software | The end-to-end view on capacities and KPI's


ORSOFT Enterprise Workbench: The supply planning tool to balance supply and demand

The challenge of supply planning in complex – often globally networked – supply chains is to manage the trade-off between demand, procurement, production and logistics. Thus, the question to be answered in supply planning is fairly simple: How to satisfy customer’s demand and in which way? For that reason, complex simulation tools at capacity and material level are central tools of the supply planning software.

Clearly defined tasks of supply planning software: modelling processes and controlling them end-to-end

The task of a supply planning software is obvious: Modelling global and multidimensional processes and to comprehensively control them end-to-end. Very much depending on the organisation and the prevalent design of the supply chain processes, this might include networks of production and distribution capacities, the planning of contract manufacturing, make-or-buy decisions, vendor managed inventory and drop shipments.

ORSOFT Enterprise Workbench: Supply planning software for integrated planning runs

Software-based supply planning with the ORSOFT Enterprise Workbench is an integral part of the S&OP process and allows for a simple and agile supply management – primarily acting in light of the upstream demand planning. The applied end-to-end approach crosslinks the supply planning to the detailed planning in advanced planning & scheduling. Supply planning can be carried out on both real-time and simulation data or a combination of both.

With the goal of optimal resource allocation in the planning process, the supply planning tool identifies material and capacity bottlenecks, prioritises competing demands and enables the management of global supply relationships. Supply management finally results in detailed executable supply plans and their embedding in the consensus/master plan.

Your benefits from using the ORSOFT supply planning tool

  • Planning the trade-off between demand and supply in the S&OP process
  • Global supply chain/network planning and its multi-level controlling/monitoring
  • Production planning under consideration of material shortages and capacity bottlenecks
  • Planning complex production and fulfilment processes
  • Sequencing processes to optimise throughput
  • Scenario comparisons of alternative plans
  • Feedback on strategic investment decisions at management level

The "Why?" of supply planning

Objectives of the supply planning tool

  • Creating detailed executable plans for transfer to consensus/master planning
  • Automation of decision-making processes
  • Reacting to changes in demand behaviour
  • Understanding of cross-supply chain interdependencies

The "How?" of supply planning

Tools of the supply planning software

  • Capacity and material simulations
  • Instant access to aggregated and detailed information
  • What-If scenarios
  • Simulation, prioritisation & rescheduling of order backlogs

ORSOFT Enterprise Workbench | Central elements of the supply planning software

Material Planning & Portfolio Management

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.

Plant/Capacity Planning & Strategic Capacity Simulation

Production or manufacturing facilities and their central capacity planning on various simulation runs are crucial factors of the value creation process. The primary task of capacity planning is the initial execution of a material planning algorithm to create – based on the demand plan – a rough capacity plan. Strategic capacity simulations, in addition, allow to take potential investment decisions on a valid data basis and from a 360-degree view.

Margin Optimization (Make or buy / Hedge Simulation)

In order to realise a feasible production plan under internal capacity restrictions – this may be done by optimising/reducing internal capacity requirements or capacity levelling –, production orders can also be transferred or converted into a purchase order (make-or-buy or hedge simulation).

Potential Production

With the aim of increasing the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), this tool allows to display and plan free production slots. In the context of holistic production optimisation, all restrictions in production, all planning-relevant resources (bottleneck resources in particular), are simultaneously monitored and included in the planning run.

Available to Promise

Available to promise (ATP) is the free and immediately available part of the inventory, planned production and incoming goods. ATP is being maintained to efficiently manage customer orders. Further to this, additional costing runs can provide reliable information to communicate a later availability date or reduced quantities to the customer.

Network Distribution Planning

Network Distribution Planning can be used to plan and coordinate complex plant relationships. It enables the comparison of plant stocks for each material as well as the elimination of material bottlenecks across several plants. It also provides an overview of the utilisation of relevant resources. The tool can thus be used to create a basis for decision for relocation processes.

Autonomous Planning & MRCP

Autonomous planning provides feasibility checks for material and capacity simultaneously and, unlike MRP (material requirements planning) runs, includes finite capacity limitations. This allows for easy assessment of delays and additional capacity needs.

Shelf Life Planning & Monitoring

The task of shelf life monitoring is to continuously screen and manage inventories on their remaining shelf life, threatened by expiry including warning and the booking of expiry in the material balance sheet.

Vendor Managed Inventory

As a planning tool to manage complex logistic relations between supplier and distributor (buyer), Vendor managed inventory enables a permanent inventory overview as well as the visualisation of logistical chains between all partners. Thus, oversized safety stocks in the warehouses can be reduced and the efficiency of the flow of goods increased. Customer data from SAP ERP is used and planning takes place in the supplier's SAP system.

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