Smart Planning Boards, Active Scheduling and Capacity Control
Priorities for merchandisers change as production plans change, but unfortunately pre production staff are too often unaware what is actual happening on the shop floor resulting in poor re-planning and shuffling of newer orders.
ApparelConnect ERP automatically updates pre-production priorities and critical tasks based on the current production plan, and automatically adjusts planned production based on the actual information from the factory floor, giving you updated poduction finish times, and rescheduling subsequent production runs without requiring user input.
Apparel Connect's highly efficient production planning system is the result of integration between industrial engineering, capacity control, fabric cutting, line planning, task management and material resource control
Apparel Connect intuitive and visual planning tools are designed for accurate and efficient scheduling of multiple factories, manufacturing lines and machines, work orders and out-of-line activities including fabric-processing, inspections and sub-contracting.
Orders can be loaded directly from the order screen and easily visualised on the planning board with key dates and critical path events, the current cut plan, raw material availability and expected receipt dates all updated dynamically
Dynamically updated planning boards always reflect the current situation including slippage with orders automatically rescheduled and colour coded to indicate early, on-time or late completion and Drag-and-drop planning board allows all problems to be seen on one screen and re-planning is as simple as moving orders with the mouse. Run 'What If' scenarios and different optimisation strategies to maximise production potential and reduce delayed hours.
State of the art visual planning boards and reporting
As sewing plans are changed new critical paths are calculated to meet the new planned cut and load dates. Time and Action plans are automatically re-scheduled, and new priorities are identified for pre-production automatically updating each departments to-do lists and dashboard.
Multi-level capacity planning at both factory and operation/machine level
Complete end-to-end system for ERP, Planning and WIP - no double data entrySupports barcode and RFID production tracking and labour cost control
Manage work in progress, fabric processing and sub-contractingPre-production priorities actively driven to support the latest plan and workflows aligned to reflect the new critical path
Dynamically updated planning boards reflect the current situation including slippage with material status and risks of delay clearly indicated on each MO
Flexible, management level reporting and alert engine
Analyze actual vs. target production details and determine areas of inefficiency and potential improvement.
ApparelConnect's production planning manages WIP at every stage from detailed Cut Plan and Cutting schedule, to sewing, washing, finishing and and includes workflows and planning modules for Cutting, Fabric Processing from Yarn, RFQs & Sourcing, Sampling and Subcontracting
Apparel Connect Planning is completely integrated with MRP , with each order's materials status visible from the planning board, with alerts and visual identification when material is fully received , or where risk conditions are met such as defects found or receipts are overdue.
Apparel Connect QC module also works together with production planning – providing visual identification of QC status to planners, stores, cutting and merchandisers teams directly on the planning board, and updates merchandisers with alerts when QC is complete or where defects are found.