Plex

Discrete Manufacturing Scheduling and Planning Software

Planning and Scheduling Modules

Schedule production and material purchases using the real-time MRP engine.

Use Kanban scheduling for pull-based replenishment. Maintain plant, department and even individual workcenter schedules using the workcenter calendar.
 

Capacity Planning

  • Analyze current and future load on production workcenters
     

Customer Sales Forecast

  • Develop and store forecast data by period
  • Compare different versions of the forecast
  • Maintain initial sales and manufacturing versions of the forecast
  • Display data by sales revenue or manufacturing quantity
     

Job Sets

  • Define and track collections of related jobs (work orders), including jobs to produce components or ingredients for top-level jobs in the set
     

Job Templates

  • Flag a job-specific process routing as an approved process that can be reused for future production
  • When scheduling production, select any existing template routing for that item
  • In addition to routing operations, new jobs inherit all other characteristics of the template such as required materials and ingredients, quality control plans, etc.
     

Job Tracking System

  • Take advantage of a foundation for production scheduling
  • Plan, execute and track jobs (also referred to as work orders, shop orders, releases or other terms) with instructions to produce a certain quantity of a certain product by a certain due date
  • Highly integrated with inventory and lot tracking, customer orders and production requirements planning
  • Can be used in stand-alone mode for simple scheduling conditions
     

Kanban Scheduling

  • Augment or replace conventional scheduling
  • Especially useful for optimizing production flow of a small number of high-volume, repetitive parts
  • Based on the Toyota Production System

Material Requirements Planning (MRP)

  • Review system-supplied recommendations for procurement of materials and ingredients
  • Recommended purchase quantities and due dates are based on highly sophisticated calculations using data such as customer sales forecasts and orders, current inventory, supplier purchase orders and lead times, minimum restock levels and planned production/consumption
  • After adjusting or accepting recommendations, easily convert them to purchase order releases to your suppliers
  • Specify the “regeneration schedule” most useful to your company to obtain near-rea-time results several times per day, unlike traditional MRP systems where results may be calculated daily or even weekly
     

Production Requirements Planning (PRP)

  • Review system-supplied recommendations for production of finished goods
  • Recommended production quantities and due dates are based on highly sophisticated calculations using data such as customer sales forecasts and orders, current inventory, supplier purchase orders and lead times, minimum restock levels and planned production
  • After adjusting or accepting recommendations, easily convert them to the production schedule
  • Specify the “regeneration schedule” most useful to your company to obtain near-real-time results several times per day, unlike traditional PRP systems where results may be calculated daily or even weekly
     

Workcenter Calendar

  • View and adjust an on-screen calendar of each workcenter’s work schedule including display of planned production, maintenance and other scheduled downtime