At a glance
Material Requirements Planning (MRP), or ERP scheduling, is the scheduling and aligning of materials needed for production and production capacities in order to optimize efficiency and deliver consistent customer satisfaction. It’s one of the core tasks of an ERP system. Processing sales orders according to their deadlines is often the key to customer satisfaction and the reason for a company's success (or failure). MRP / ERP scheduling ensures that the quantity, resources and date requirements of each sales order are covered, creates purchase order suggestions for purchasing, and generates work order suggestions for in-house production, finished goods, or sub-assemblies to fulfill those sales orders. Your people won’t need to do this planning manually, which is time-consuming and error-prone, and your production won’t get disrupted as you consistently meet sales order deadlines, making your customers happy.
With MRP/ERP scheduling, your material requirements can also be covered by relocation from a different warehouse group. External processing can even be mapped using subcontracting suggestions, expanding your supply chain’s reach and efficiency. Scheduling also checks compliance with the specified delivery dates and, if any variance is found, calculates the earliest possible delivery dates. So you can see what material is available and when, and plan production and deliveries accordingly.