Advanced
Planning Scheduling (APS)

Planning and scheduling production is made easier with ANT's APS software. Maintain constant production pace with the help of an advanced algorithm. Use a drag-and-drop interface to automatically reschedule plans and introduce more realistic plans thanks to real-time cycle information based on historical data.

One system responsible for production planning
- no double work

Not sure if you can make it in time, produce on time? Or not sure if you have all the resources you need? Manual production planning in Excel is a thing of the past. Using ANT APS, you’ll get rid of the unknowns and gain time to focus on your work.

APS counts the actual cycle time of the operation based on history learning, thanks to which production is under control. The production is predictable.

  1. Input for APS is data containing production order with a deadline (shipment date)
  2. Master data can be additionally modeled in the system.
  3. The system calculates performance based on data from machines and production reports.
  4. The plan is scheduled automatically, based on ERP or manually set deadline fields, orders priorities and statuses
  5. The system allows creating multiple scenarios that can be compared before acceptance.
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Key Functions

The extensive functions of the APS system allow to influence the functioning of the entire production plant. Starting from the reception of raw materials to the dispatch of goods to the clients.

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Production process overview

production process overview
Automatic production planning
changeovers planning
Feedback of plan execution, combined with changeovers, machine states, prodution shifts
production optimization

Manual and automatical optimization​

history learning
History learning – most realistic plan
validation and monitoring
Resources validation and monitoring​
collisions prevention

Collisions prevention, notification about impossible scenarios

planning

Additional objects to plan: maintenance, changeovers, non production time breaks, other

REAL-TIME PRODUCTION UPDATES

Plan reality and expect a proper production volume. With real-time production updates, your work will be simpler. The system automatically calculates and adjusts production times, machine occupancy, and predicts time for repairs and defects. The calculations are based on actual and historical data with a help of advanced AI, which can predict the necessary time spaces.

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Modern and automated production planning requires new tools for more efficient use of available data. The built-in algorithms developed by our team allow a smooth exchange of information between cooperating systems, while the APS system itself plays the role of coordinator in the supply chain.

Item definitions are pulled from a master database of records (Mater Data), allowing work on verified data. In addition, the templates can be further modelled in the system.

At the same time, ANT APS pulls data from any ERP system (SAP…etc.) sending updated reports so that all information between company departments is oriented on production progress.

The current production status is continuously uploaded and analyzed by algorithms, and the real-time production plan is sent to the production floor, allowing you to get an idea of the progress and plan tasks if necessary.

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Results achieved by Clients:

15%

Higher

production volume

40%

Shorter

changeovers

50%

Less

total changeovers

According to our clients, the implementation of the ANT APS system has allowed them to:

  • eliminate the time needed to manually update the plan progress
  • replace two-shift production with a single shift and ensure on-time deliveries at the same time.
  • maintain on-time deliveries while dynamically changing priorities
  • eliminate situations in which production could not be started and completed due to a lack of people, materials, or tools

How to optimize production plan?

Nowadays, production planning requires particular precision, operating in real time and updating objectives in relation to the current state of the machines.

CHANGEOVER MATRIX

Modern and automated production planning requires new tools for more efficient use of available data. The built-in changeovers matrix, steps, progress and time monitoring allows for more predictable planning and work with the maintenance team. 

In addition, algorithms developed by our team allow a smooth exchange of information between cooperating systems, while the APS system itself plays the role of coordinator in the supply chain. 

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Project timeline

System design and analysis

Environment installation with standard solution

Firts tests

Master data and RTS configuration

System integration

Custom development

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