Structural production planning and optimization are essential factors that contribute to an organization’s market success. The core of the planning and optimization process is the Bill of Materials (BOM) and its integration with other systems in the manufacturing process.
Bill of Materials is bundled into Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) to establish a platform for static production planning, leaning on the existing capacities and manufacturing plants.
The dynamics of a production process hinders us to foresee what the future holds, for which reason it is most important to provide capabilities of dynamic planning and reorganization of schedules of planned activities and requirements. In this way, and by means of ‘What-If Scenarios’ we are one step ahead and prepared for any potential change of circumstances.
The following section will give an in-depth look at advanced production planning and optimization!
Bill of Materials
The Bill of Materials model represents the central data structure for production planning and optimization and is indispensable for organizing required activities.
The preparation of a product manufacturing plan and the adaptation of planned activities to dynamic market conditions represent some of the biggest challenges of every product manufacturing.
Modern production foots on fast and dynamic data exchange between IT systems integrated in the implementation process of planned work activities.
The Bill of Materials contains the list of product parts that are essential for individual phase processes of a manufacturing process. Typically, three types of Bill of Materials are to be distinguished, depending on the needs of a particular business unit for each phase of the manufacturing process associated with the same product:
- Engineering BOM (EBOM)
- Manufacturing BOM (MBOM)
- Production BOM (PBOM)
Although representing a record of the same product, each of the upper mentioned describes it in different ways, being adapted to the specific requirements of the business unit. The problem is that these Bills of Materials are mutually not connected and appear in different formats. It is easy to assume that expensive errors may occur due to the disconnection of the Bills of Materials.
The 3DEXPERIENCE platform enables the connection of diverse Bills of Materials in a unique data model, transparent for every business unit in process and dynamic in accordance with the business needs and requirements.
First of all, what is ERP, and what is integration?
The ERP system represents a centralized information platform, which is used for manufacturing resources planning and determination as well as their distribution in compliance with customer requirements.
Integration is the harmonization of the ERP system with other business systems, mainly with PLM (Product Lifecycle Management), for the purpose of providing information exchange, planning, and automation of activities.
Integration implementation is specific for a selected combination of PLM and ERP systems, depending on the extension and adaptation potentials of their program solutions.
At the base level, integration comes down to the possibility of an automated data transfer from one system (PLM or EPR) into another in compliance with concrete manufacturing requirements and needs.
Advanced integration, moreover, enables two-way data exchange between systems. The development of software solutions for advanced integration requires team collaboration and expert knowledge of both systems.
That is exactly why CADCAM Group is the logical option for the implementation of such solutions, as we have many years of expertise specifically, in PLM solution implementation projects and integration with other business systems.
Following the design of a 3D assembly or one of its parts, manufacturing steps must be planned. Inevitable steps from concept to final product in static planning are as follows:
- Manufacturing BOM
- Operational and manufacturing process planning
- Provision of necessary resources using an adequate operations manual
DELMIA tools from the 3DEXPERIENCE platform enable, by means of PLM functionalities, the establishment of an advanced and dynamic manufacturing plan as well as efficient plan management.
All participants in the manufacturing process have at any moment access to an up-to-date overview of all data relevant for production, while the best solutions are recorded to build a knowledge base for future planning. By this the following is achieved:
- Considerably lower risk of errors occurring during planning, particularly with frequent alterations to the plan
- Significant shortening of time to product launch
- Consequently, incomparable higher market competitiveness of the organization
A special segment of production planning is the dynamic scheduling as in compliance with diverse manufacturing restrictions, such as challenges in relation to insufficient human resources, lack of raw materials, or unpredicted changes in market conditions.
All these are specific challenges for manufacturing which call for dynamic scheduling of assumed activities.
DELMIA Ortems system is the solution we offer.
The key benefit of the DELMIA Ortems system lies exactly it is dynamics – quick adaptability to every change, enabling you to foresee all possible material restrictions. A clear vision of the present and future requirements allows for quick identification and solving of bottlenecks in production.
We recommend the DELMIA Ortems APS (Advanced Planning and Scheduling System) for advanced planning, giving you the ability to manage all segments of the manufacturing plant.
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