It may be easy to feel intimidated by abas ERP's more advanced features like Advanced Planning and Scheduling, but there's a significant payoff for learning how they work. In this article, we’ll take a look at one of abas' most valuable features, Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS).
What is APS, and why do I need it?
Every standard abas ERP installation comes with a production viewer -- a graphical viewer of your production board that allows you to plan work orders, purchase orders, resources, and more. Standard abas uses infinite capacity planning, meaning it assumes you have unlimited resources to complete a job. To enhance the efficiency of your planning processes, Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) allows you to run simulations using finite capacity planning, meaning it takes into account what resources you have available and plans in coordination with that data.
APS is a useful tool to have not only because it provides you with a structural way of overseeing and utilizing your resources, but also because it allows you to run a simulation and import it to a graphical viewer, or a planning board, which displays a timeline that shows you overlapping events, schedules orders based on what you want expedited, and shows you how moving around various work orders will effect your other resources. APS also has a write-back capability into the planning engine where you have the ability to write back key pieces of scheduling data based on manual or simulated entries on the planning board.
How can I get started with APS?
In APS, the custom filters function allows you to add filters that, when selected, will ensure that only work order suggestions related to your selected filter will be displayed in your viewer. Filters can vary from customer names to sales orders and resources. You can also set up default filters that will save time and help you navigate through your work orders easily.
With the custom filters feature, you can easily narrow down the work order suggestions displayed on your dashboard. At the bottom of the screenshot, you'll see filter criteria, which shows your what components are included in the filter you've searched.
The free text search function is another feature that can help you simplify your APS. Free text search is located in the top, right-hand corner of your screen. You can use this bar to search for anything from work order and sales order numbers to customer names, so you can quickly locate information.
The free text search helps you quickly navigate through your work order suggestions if you have a specific item you're trying to locate.
Another feature you can take advantage of to make using APS easy is the preset reports function. With preset reports, you can set up report layouts that generate data around the report’s planning bounds. For example, you can set up a report based on shift schedules that will have APS determine when people should be working on certain work orders. This will help you optimize your employees' work schedules and improve productivity.
With preset reports, you can have APS gather data based on specific parameters determined by you that will help you optimize your processes.