The Changing Face of Planning & Scheduling
The previously taught structure and functions associated with planning and scheduling are disappearing and nobody is talking about it.
It is not unusual to see a schematic similar to this one when investigating how planning and scheduling processes should work in manufacturing companies.
You will notice the multiple functions for the various forms of capacity planning, the separate MPS function and no Advanced Scheduling function.
It is not unusual to find adverts for MPS Planners.
Companies using advanced Planning and Scheduling applications find that the MPS becomes an output of the planning process.
The company may still run an MRP process.
All capacity planning functions are catered for by either the planning or scheduling solution.
Companies using Advanced Planning and Scheduling solutions need fewer resources to perform these functions as they no longer need to perform separate capacity planning and control functions. Planning and scheduling processes are completed more quickly and can be performed more frequently.