Chris Curtis

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Exception Based Scheduling – the most efficient way to plan your factory – Part 2

Posted by Chris Curtis on 25-Nov-2020 13:03:21

Free ‘Planning & Scheduling Advisory Day’

In order to understand your companies options and requirements with regards to your SAP APO PP/DS roadmap and scheduling challenges.

Please get in touch now on: carl.dakin@olivehorse.com

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In Part 1 of this blog series, we started talking about the benefits provided when your scheduling solution is made up of a perfect blend of automation and exception-based alerts, including improved asset utilisation, greater visibility of inventory, and increased agility.

In this second part we will be exploring a little bit more around the types of exceptions that can be used within SAP Production Planning & Detailed Scheduling (PP/DS), and in what way these are beneficial compared to building the same restrictions into your automated solution.

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Topics: PP/DS

Exception Based Scheduling – the most efficient way to plan your factory – Part 1

Posted by Chris Curtis on 17-Nov-2020 12:48:51

Free ‘Planning & Scheduling Advisory Day’

In order to understand your companies options and requirements with regards to your SAP APO PP/DS roadmap and scheduling challenges.

Please get in touch now on: carl.dakin@olivehorse.com

(3-4 min read)

 

“We switched on alerts when we first went live, but we just ignore them now as there are far too many”

Does that sound familiar?

Incorrectly configured alert profiles achieve little more than noise creation within an organisation and provide a distraction from where a planner should really invest their time and attention. However, focused alerts with clearly defined tolerances allows schedulers to focus on real supply issues and is proven to provide real time and cost savings within your business.

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Topics: PP/DS

Cycle Planning Optimization

Posted by Chris Curtis on 10-Sep-2020 10:15:57

Free ‘Planning & Scheduling Advisory Day’

In order to understand your companies options and requirements with regards to your SAP APO PP/DS roadmap and scheduling challenges.

Please get in touch now on: chris.curtis@olivehorse.com.

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  • Are production planners within your organisation spending a lot of time creating schedules manually within SAP PP/DS?
  • Is there a need to optimize short-term production based on multiple constraints, at the same time as producing based upon a preferred cycle?
  • Can products be produced over alternative resources of varying costs, and if preferred sequences are not adhered to, can it result in costly and time-consuming changeovers, which in turn reduces overall throughput?
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Topics: PP/DS

Do you use SAP for Short Term Planning & Scheduling? Essential reading for your future Roadmap – Part 2

Posted by Chris Curtis on 01-Jul-2020 14:20:44

Free ‘Planning & Scheduling Advisory Day’

In order to understand your companies options and requirements with regards to your SAP APO PP/DS roadmap and scheduling challenges.

Please get in touch now on: carl.dakin@olivehorse.com

(3-4 min read)

A lot of companies have already taken the time to understand the power that S/4HANA can bring to their business, leveraging its in-memory capabilities and enhanced user experience provided by SAP Fiori, to name only a few of its facets. It is widely acknowledged from companies across all industries that this could be the next logical step to take in the ERP world if they have not already done so, but the main challenges that constantly arise in relation to this are “When?” and “How?”

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Topics: PP/DS

Do you use SAP for Short Term Planning & Scheduling? Essential reading for your future Roadmap – Part 1

Posted by Chris Curtis on 27-Jun-2020 13:55:14

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As a business, you have probably already started considering a move to S/4HANA, that is if you have not transitioned already. At this point a series of questions arise…

  • This is expensive! It is a major decision! What is the payback?
  • Is S/4HANA the way to go? What are the available options for me in scheduling? Does it provide the right short-term planning and scheduling functionality for my business?
  • Would it be a whole new project to embark on?
  • Is now the right time to commit?
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Topics: PP/DS

Using SAP's APO PP/DS Optimiser as an effective sequencing tool

Posted by Chris Curtis on 27-Nov-2018 17:15:35

For many manufacturing organisations, Detailed Scheduling is mainly driven by the need to perform manufacturing by following a specific preferred sequence whilst generating an achievable finite plan. It is quite normal for companies to use Detailed Scheduling heuristics for this function, but there are scenarios where this does not quite fit the bill.

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Topics: SCM Optimisation, PP/DS, Scheduling, SAP IBP