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Advanced planning and scheduling systems, available from Sage, improve efficiency by providing real-time order dates, synchronised planning, optimised resource usage and accurate delivery dates.

This can ultimately deliver superior and order-winning customer service, resulting from improved delivery speed and accuracy.

Advanced planning and scheduling (APS) provides a plan based on user-selectable rules for all demands and supply constraints.

Available rules include: minimise WIP; minimise changeovers; schedule around bottlenecks; load levelling to smooth the utilisation of all resources involved; minimise setup times to ensure best use is made of skilled operators; prioritise resources to ensure the machines and operators are used most effectively; minimise sub-contract and overtime by ensuring in-house capacity is fully utilised; minimise waiting time between jobs; and minimise lateness.

APS helps users to manage and decide: what to do when a particular line breaks down or if an expected shipment of raw materials is delayed.

Advantages offered by production scheduling and APS include: simultaneous planning of material, capacity and other constraints; synchronised flow; improved customer service; more reliable and shorter lead times; flexibility to respond to change; more frequent updates of plans; simulation capability; improved resource utilisation; reduced inventory; real-time sequencing and optimisation; and fast ROI.

Among the realistically achievable benefits are: a 15 per cent increase in forecast accuracy; a 15-50 per cent reduction in safety stock; a 10-25 per cent reduction in inventory; a stable plan/schedule of more than five days; a 20 per cent reduction in changeover times; a 15-20 per cent increase in plant output; and an 80 per cent reduction in material shortages.

These figures are backed up by other reports from APICS, various analysts and published customer case-histories.

At Sage, we’ve developed business wide solutions in the UK specifically for the UK market for over 20 years and currently provide software and services to 760,000 small and medium-sized businesses.

We live and breathe business every day through our people, business software, services and our partners, we are passionate about helping businesses of all sizes achieve their ambitions by helping them to overcome the day-to-day practicalities of running a business, so that they can do business the way they want to.

Our range of business software and services is continually evolving as we constantly innovate. This includes a range of specific manufacturing lead solutions which can be tailored to match your exact industry and deliver key business requirements from the outset. From estimating through to planning, Sage manufacturing software helps you to manage your delivery processes, reduce costs, optimise productivity and production, safe time and ultimately increase revenue.

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