Planning and Scheduling
Performance-driven companies have mastered the art of predicting and responding quickly to changes in customer demand with a minimal business interruption. Whether you are a global, multisite enterprise, or a single site manufacturer or distributor, precise and flexible planning and scheduling are imperative to efficient and profitable operation. Epicor offers a comprehensive solution for forecasting, material requirements planning (MRP), scheduling, and advanced planning and scheduling to meet the needs of today’s agile businesses. For companies with complex processes that require project management and resource management capabilities, Epicor Planning and Scheduling offers a comprehensive solution that is baked into the fiber of the product for unparalleled operational visibility.
Epicor Project Management is a comprehensive solution for project managers who plan and execute simple or complex projects that can require intricate multi-level phases as well as strict costing. Embedded within the robust capabilities of Epicor, Project Management utilizes the detailed estimation, planning, scheduling, costing, and supply chain logistics of Epicor for complete control and analysis (including cross-analysis) of any project.
Supporting the needs of industries with large capital projects, Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) capabilities offer multi-level phases within a project. Fully embedded within Epicor, Project Management offers the robust Epicor scheduling engine for complete visibility and management of the project schedule. Additionally, the ability to accumulate and roll up costs for a WBS Phase to the main project, as well as support budgets, estimated completion values, calculated, estimated, and actual costs accumulated at the WBS Phase level or at the project level. For complete visibility of costs and cross analysis, all of the costs are rolled up through the project structure. The added analysis offers a cross-project analysis of key elements such as a material class or labor type.
Bi-directional integration with Microsoft Office Project gives project managers an additional tool to use to easily manipulate the schedule and simplify the planning of any project.
Forecasting and Master Production Scheduling
Forecasting and Master Production Scheduling (MPS) in Epicor are designed to assist manufacturers and distributors with both day-to-day control and long range planning and decision making. Forecasting and MPS support your business strategies, as well as those businesses that operate multiple, mixed-mode strategies simultaneously. Forecasts can be generated from multiple historical sources (e.g., sales, invoice, and inventory usage history).
Material Requirements Planning
Built for the needs of the single site as well as extended enterprise, MRP offers cross plant and cross company planning. Enhanced to offer plant source as well as product group sourcing of materials and assemblies, MRP automatically and visually extends the enterprise to efficiently manage supply and demand.
Scheduling and Resource Management
Multiple resource views and online scheduling tools such as the change impact informer offer the master scheduler and manager the ability to visually locate overload problems and slack conditions, then perform cost and throughput analysis on schedule changes before they are firmly committed. The scheduling engines uses several factors that affect production quantity, setup time, production time, capacity, priority, and so on to calculate how long it will take each job to complete. It then displays the schedule through the Job Scheduling Board, the Resource Scheduling Board, and the Multi-Resource Scheduling Board.
Best-in-class enterprises are outpacing their competitors today with new initiatives to drive out redundancies and improve lead times. Maximizing the use of your internal supply chain can be a key differentiator. Not only are manufacturers and distributors looking for new tools to oversee multi-plant operations, they are also looking to maximize the use of existing resources. Alternative production methods management helps optimize the production processes for specific parts in each plant, based on the resources available. Another optimization tool includes the transfer of material or semi finished components to another plant for completion.
Advanced Planning and Scheduling
Available as an extension to Scheduling, Epicor Advanced Planning and Scheduling incorporates the strength of the Scheduling engine and enhances it with advanced functionality such as multiple constraint scheduling, a wide range of scheduling methods, visual drag-and-drop scheduling, capability and dependent capability-based scheduling, real-time capable-to-promise functionality, and advanced material planning functionality.