Advanced Planning and Scheduling for the Discrete Manufacturing Sector

Scheduling Solutions

Scheduling Solutions focuses on the marketing, sale, implementation and support of the Siemens Opcenter APS (Advanced Production Planning and Scheduling) and Opcenter Execution Discrete (Production Tracking) solutions.

Production scheduling and tracking deliver significant improvements in customer service and productivity while stocks (Raw / WIP / Finished) and manufacturing lead times are reduced. Planning and scheduling effort is reduced dramatically. The need for and focus on accurate and complete data to support production scheduling and tracking, results in many other system benefits.

Solutions we support

Industries we serve

Scheduling solutions operates in the discrete manufacturing sector: manufacturing plants that produce products in batches. We serve a wide variety of industries across South Africa, with a specific focus on companies in the engineer-to-order. Make-to-order, assemble-to-order sectors. These companies could be job shops, refurbishment centers, industrial equipment manufacturers or come from industries such as clothing and textiles, pharmaceuticals, packaging and plastics, and food and beverages.

These companies cannot buffer uncertainty by holding significant stocks or can gain productivity benefits from improved scheduling of activities.
Industrial Equipment
Clothing & Textiles
Industrial Packaging
Food & Beverage

Planning vs. Scheduling


Planning the amount of production required by a facility within a timeframe to meet demand. This is a long-term activity and is planning the resources for a required production run. I.e. what raw materials do I need, number of staff to employ etc to be able to facilitate the orders for the Christmas production. A planning tool is essential to enhance competitiveness, increase profits and improve customer service.

Planning works days, weeks and months ahead and helps you decide:
  • WHAT to make
  • WHEN to make
  • HOW MUCH to make
  • WHERE to make
  • Provides information on MATERIALS required
  • Provides information on RESOURCES required


Scheduling is more detailed and shorter term, working in minutes, hours, and days of an actual production run. Scheduling allows for the planning of how what and when each item of a specific production run will be done, based on the actual resources and machinery available in the factory at that specific time. For instance, it can be generated daily for individual machines, teams or people considering any constraints, such as resources that have limits like tools, people, skills or processes. Scheduling works within the parameters of set by planning.

Scheduling Works minutes, hours and days ahead and helps you with:
  • HOW BEST to make (Execution against plan)
  • PRIORITIES, constraints and conflicts
  • MONITORING Execution
  • MANAGING change

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Thursday, December 05, 2019

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