Siemens APS – Advance planning & Scheduling
In Manufacturing, product variability, available production resources and customer order changes directly affect the time sensitive work effort of optimizing Jobs on the Shop Floor. For companies that are have vertically integrated products, this is even more challenging, as the supply chain of many manufacturers is characterized by production sites all over the world. Here, a production lot runs through many company internal as well as external production sites on the way from the raw material to the final product.
Additionally, from a Production Cost standpoint, maximizing the use of constrained resources for higher utilization is difficult to achieve without an integrated APS solution.
As a result, it’s become imperative for many of Athena’s Customer’s to have a tool that allows for the sometimes daily re-optimization of the Shop Floor based on these and other variables. The solution for this is provided by the proven Siemens APS planning and scheduling software, (formally known as ‘Preactor’) by Siemens Digital Industries Software.
As a Siemens Alliance partner, Athena is well versed on the many APS challenges in optimizing Production for optimal resource utilization, shortest cycle time and on-time Customer delivery. Having implemented Siemens Opcenter MES and APS across multiple industries, our goal is to create a ‘closed loop’ Planning / Scheduling process that replaces the recurring and burdensome human effort otherwise required to accomplish same.