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How to make the most of production capacities?

Use the DELMIA Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) solution

Every day we witness changes in the way we design, construct and make new products. We work in a multidisciplinary environment, knowledge and know-how are increasingly valued, and customers demand sustainable products and solutions. If we add to this the need for better quality products produced in a shorter time and at a lower price, it is logical that we demand more from the software. That is why we need powerful solutions that help us to be competitive, reduce the possibility of mistakes in all phases of development and production, and at the same time enable communication between different departments, with suppliers and customers.

Many companies face limitations in planning more complex production processes. Have you thought about having a digital model of your production help you in an individual and overall way, because it connects machines, workers, tools, and processes, considering their limitations? Do you want the production plan to be created automatically based on orders and to enable the optimization of plans while creating different scenarios in just a few minutes? Well, let’s get started with the plan.

Most planners face a difficult task when planning production: to create an optimal production plan in order to achieve maximum utilization of production capacities, shorten flow time, coordinated material flow, minimum stocks, and good plan stability. At the end of the day, the planner wants to have complete control over the plan and ensure a high level of delivery deadlines. Also, most manufacturing companies continue to use Excel spreadsheets/production planning spreadsheets, which are usually based on projected capacity, production time, and workload. Because we know that production is dynamic and that real-time data is crucial for responding to changing opportunities and needs, we offer you a solution for advanced production planning and scheduling. Dassault Systèmes’ DELMIA Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) solution eliminates the limitations of production planning using Excel spreadsheets and provides a unique real-time data source that can be accessed by anyone involved in production planning and has an overview of actual production status.

DELMIA Ortems software has more than 4,000 users, mostly in North America and Western Europe, and has been at the top of S&OP (Sales & Operations Planning) solutions for more than 30 years.

The best effect of using APS solutions is shown in complex production environments with many products and semi-finished products, complex multi-stage cost estimates, and a large number of machines and people. Less complex production environments also benefit, as DELMIA Ortems enables fast response and automation to changes in production. It also offers the ability to customize functionality to your needs or environment, as you can easily turn features on or off as needed.

The main advantages of the DELMIA Ortems software solution are:

  • Reduction of stocks of raw materials and necessary materials – Synchronization of raw materials and necessary materials during purchase and production, considering all the limitations of production capacities of machines.
  • Reduction of production time – Synchronization of all necessary operations for the production of the final product and all necessary semi-finished products. As a result, the waiting time of the machine is shortened and the lack of parts is prevented.
  • Achieving delivery deadlines – Complete overview of the plan and realistic deadlines, the possibility of active decision-making, and setting priorities.
  • Increasing machine and manpower flow and utilization – Review and manage machine and manpower loads and optimize tool changes.
  • Time-saving, better collaboration and information exchange within the organization – Digital transformation of production planning – replacement of outdated planning methods based on spreadsheets, macros, and labels with advanced software solutions.

The implementation of Ortems software takes about four to six months, depending on the size of the company and the complexity of production. For successful implementation and integration of all data, it is good that the company has an implemented ERP system (Enterprise Resource Planning), and perhaps MES (Manufacturing Execution System). Through its communication interfaces, DELMIA Ortems can connect to existing systems and draw from it the data it needs (customer orders, work orders, purchases, planned and unplanned outages, etc.).

The use of APS systems is expected to increase in the future as more companies begin to invest in the benefits of digital transformation. Companies have realized that the benefits of optimizing business and production processes, sales, and distribution are key to a company’s successful growth.

Let’s not forget that efficient data collection, processing, and visualization in the company, development of processes and digital solutions to support business and production, the introduction of digital business models, development of digital staff and digital jobs, development of digital culture are basic building blocks of successful digital transformation.