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Oracle Production Scheduling-Shop Floor Mantra to Success

Production Scheduling is oracle's latest tool for Shop Floor Operations / Resources Scheduling optimization. It's a standalone application and can be integrated very easily with manufacturing planning and execution systems. Production Scheduling can be integrated with Demand Management (Demantra) and Oracle APS to leverage best planning / Manufacturing & Scheduling outcome. This tool is highly used in environment where Production Volumes are high or Production constraints are higher because of its capability to perform constraint based scheduling. Key strength of Production Scheduling is it's User interface which can show multiple views together in one screen and help user making the decision process and identifying bottleneck resources if any.

How Production Scheduling Works?

Model Creation: Production Scheduling requires a Model representing production capacity of the enterprise to create a feasible production schedule.
Model Consist of: a) Resources b) Operations c) Routings

Model Data Required: a) Item & Item level b) Safety Stocks c) Work Orders d) Supply & Demand Information

Solving a Model: Changing Model data till it meets production requirements. Data which can be altered like Priorities, increasing capacity, manual changes to operations, Change in Supply / Demand, Change in capacity, Maintenance Requirements.

Publish a Production Schedule: Final Model can be published to Shop Floor for execution and you can also export this data to external system like Oracle EBS or any other legacy.

New Features in Production Scheduling:

This Production scheduling tool which replaces the old oracle manufacturing tool in many aspects mentioned below:

Automatic Floating Bottleneck Detection:

PS is capable of handling floating bottlenecks in shop floor and works on technology called "Constraint Directed Search" (CDS).
Bottleneck on shop floor keeps on floating from one resource to another based on variation is
Supply- Demand. PS is able to detect this automatic floating bottleneck and display
bottleneck resources to Scheduler.

Advance Analytical Decision Support:
This user interface also known as Production Pegging View tells scheduler about what are the supplies (Purchased or Manufactured) is available against each demand line item along with the delay time if any and reason, Sorting of Demand either by Sales Order / Forecast and can be further drill down by customer types, demand types etc., Graphical view of the demand fill rate is shown etc. This information helps user to make a quick decision on the next action to be taken.

Direct Scenario Comparison:
In Production Scheduling module planner can simulate different scenarios and compare the
KPI's of each scenario to come out with the best suited one for the given situation. This is a
unique feature which gives Oracle Productions scheduling a cutting edge over other
technology especially old oracle manufacturing scheduling.

Intuitive Data Model:

This stands for the ability to Modify data related to Operation-Resources, Supply -Demand, Work Order &
Calendar. User can edit Supply-Demand data, Work Order data, and changes operations-resource combinations
to analyze the impact and take the final best possible decision.

For further information on the above features, you can refer to the Oracle Production Scheduling user guide at
oracle metalink.

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