Within the framework of supply chain management, the task of production planning and control (PPC) is to ensure that customer requirements are met on time and in the right quantities with optimum utilization of the available manufacturing resources and with minimum inventories. The particular challenge lies in the conflict of objectives between high capacity utilization and low inventories. Here it is necessary to find the optimal middle way based on the tools of digitization and on the supply chain strategy.
Today, many companies suffer from a complex process landscape in combination with poorly maintained master data. The result is inadequate planning results, which in turn are compensated for by manual workarounds. Above all, the classic spreadsheet calculation programs are used extensively here. All in all, this is costly, error-prone and sluggish.
When designing a PPC system, the objective must be to reduce the complexity of planning as much as possible, without ignoring the differentiated requirements of the planning and control process. This is ensured by the following procedure:
Before starting to design the IT landscape, the segmentation of the product range is used as a basis for differentiation into the planning methodology best suited to the respective product category. This reduces the overall planning complexity and enables the optimal use of ERP systems. In this way, while largely retaining the ERP standard, customer-specific requirements can be taken into account at the same time. Digitization is used in a targeted manner where its strengths come into play and it provides added value. This lowers costs, reduces complexity, lowers the risk during IT implementation and reduces the ongoing efforts for master data maintenance.
ROI-EFESO has decades of experience in the introduction of PPS systems. The interlocking approach of process and IT design has been successfully implemented in a large number of projects. Our range of services includes the following points:
- Assessment of the initial situation
- Fit Gap Analysis
- Segmentation of the product range
- Design of the future PPS landscape
- Detailing of the individual planning and control concepts
- Derivation of the requirements for digitization and IT support and creation of specifications
- Monitoring of the tender, evaluation of the offers, recommendation
- Implementation support