Increase Profits with a Production Planning Scheduler

~Introduction to the Production Scheduling System Asprova~

Chapter 07 - Steps in installation and important points for success with APS

Steps in Installing the Advanced Planning and Scheduling System

Q: Please tell us what the steps are in installing the Advanced Planning and Scheduling System.

A: The steps in installation are shown below. Please inquire about our support system in Chinese and English for overseas installation.





Installation steps

Support system

1

Understanding the present situation and setting targets

Write the target values and the survey results of the present situation on the profit increase diagnosis sheet (Appendix 1). Assign the target as close to the middle of the actual and ideal situations. It's important not to change target settings midstream.

Free introductory seminar [Free]

Profit increase diagnosis sheet [Free]


2

Create prototypes and examine systematization

The free Asprova hands-on version is installed in a PC. Read the introductory manual and run the samples to learn how to use the software. Enter your own plant data and create a prototype. Evaluate the prototype, test linkage between range of systematization and existing system and need for peripheral function development, and categorize problems as below.

A:Solve with Asprova standard functions

B:Solve with method of operations

C:Solve with development of peripheral programs and plug-ins

We recommend that before you make an official decision to install, you build a prototype and examine it to be absolutely certain that the installation will be successful.

Asprova free hands-on edition[Free]

Introductory manual [Free]

Introductory training [Free]

Hands-on training [Fee charged]

Trial set [Fee charged]

Prototype creation support[Fee charged]

3

Start your contract and project team

Conclude the control for Asprova's license, program development and consultations. Your company's project team will start the project. A project team that handles these projects usually consists of three people: one project manager, one production controller and one system controller.

User's contract agreement[Fee charged]

4

Maintain, service, outfit and develop additional programs.

The performance data will be maintained, serviced and outfitted. The preparation of BOM necessary will take a lot of work. Think of it taking at least a month if one person is working on it. Full consideration must be given to have the person in charge given fully adequate time to do steadfast data maintenance, service and outfitting. It is difficult to maintain, service and outfit all BOM and the person may not be able to complete the task at high precision. In cases like that we recommend starting at a lower level of precision and then raising the level of precision as operations move forward.

In many cases this system can be linked with present systems. Linking them allows work to proceed more smoothly. It is possible that the customer can use Microsoft Access or Visual Basic to develop, themselves, peripheral programs such as the interface with the existing system.

Consultation[Fee charged]

Program development[Fee charged]

5

Starting operation

The operations manual describes all steps such as new work instructions, collection of data on actual work performance and order processing. We will hold internal study groups to explain what the new methods of operation mean. We then start test operation. Test operation requires a period of one to two months. When test operation is concluded, actual runs will start.


6

Maintenance

Product types and production equipment at the customer's plant change over time. Long-term use of an Advanced Planning and Scheduling System requires conclusion of a maintenance control for maintenance and upgrades.

Maintenance contract[Fee charged]



 

Related articles : 

Visualizing Material Requirements

Automatic Prototype Preparation Service--Mr. Proto

Customizing the Advanced Planning and Scheduling System

Implementation with Just Parameter Settings is Fundamental

A Powerful Weapon for Customization--Expressions

Adding Properties

Adding Properties (Virtual Properties) for Displaying the Results of Calculations

Adding User-Defined Classes (Tables)

External System Interfaces

Developing Add-On Programs

External Program Development

Developing Plug-Ins

Next Procedures for Preparing Prototypes

Previous Planning Investment in Plant and Equipment Using Long-Term Scheduling

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