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Opcenter Scheduling and Planning

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It is a complete spectrum of solutions for detailed production scheduling and facility utilization planning. Opcenter Planning and Scheduling by Siemens can be used for long-term strategic planning covering months and years, medium-term tactical planning with a few weeks planning horizon and for detailed sequencing and scheduling.


Opcenter Planning

Support of strategic decisions that combines expected and long-term orders with the target inventory levels and reserves to ensure satisfaction of future demand.

Advanced Planning software supports major production capacity decisions surrounding extending the work force, resource capacity, and factories. It helps you determine what and how much to make, where and when to make it, and exactly what materials and resources are required.

Planning can be executed in finite or infinite capacity mode and planning time periods can be days, weeks, months, quarters or a combination of all four. Parameters can be set for each product code, which enables you to do different calculations for each element.

When utilizing Opcenter Planning together with the Advanced Planning software, the details of the production schedule can be sent back to the planning system and this will redefine the planned scope. The production plan can then be recalculated using the production schedule as the basis for new results.

Figure 1 – Examples of Opcenter Planning windows

The benefits delivered by Opcenter Planning include:

  • support of decision making for a long-term strategy
  • balancing of the workload
  • quick production scheduling
  • the ability to quickly respond to the changing demand

Opcenter Scheduling

Generation of production schedules on the basis of changeovers, tooling, product specification, the availability/qualification of operators and other production factors.

The actual availability of resources is taken into account, and numerous limitations are considered before a realistic and accomplishable production schedule is generated. Basically, it is operational scheduling. On the basis of information on deadlines, production routes and equipment availability, Opcenter Scheduling generates detailed schedules of operations and their sequence.

The purpose of production planning is to minimize the time and cost of production by informing a production site about what to make, when to make it and what personnel and equipment should be used. Production planning is aimed at maximizing performance and cutting costs.

Advanced Planning improves the synchronization of production processes making them more transparent. This way a company can make a more efficient use of its resources and ensure timely delivery. At the same time, the percent of waste will be decreasing. Planners can build various probability scenarios, analyze them and identify the best option.

Figure 2 – Examples of Opcenter Scheduling windows

The benefits delivered by Opcenter Scheduling include:
- optimum utilization of resources
- less changeovers
- less inventory and work-in-progress
- detailed visibility of the workload
- quicker modelling of what-if scenarios
- improved service (timely deliveries)


Opcenter Scheduling & Planning ENSURES

Automatically formed and launched batches of parts and assemblies necessary to ensure client orders, which also account for the current work-in-progress and in-stock parts and assemblies

Automatic calculation of the amount of materials and components necessary to fulfill client orders while accounting for the in-stock items

Automatically compiled lists of critical components and materials (that are not in stock) specifying the amount and the delivery time required

Production planning on the basis of various optimization criteria (minimized changeovers, debottlenecking)

Generation of production schedules for work centres

Generation of reports and regulatory documents

Sending calculation results to the workplaces situated at the production facilities and the workplaces of the company leadership




Balanced production planning


Less work-in-progress: Opcenter Scheduling & Planning contains information about various orders and their specifications and, when compiling a schedule, can both deal with inventory and generate purchase requests for more raw materials


When there is a package of orders: maximum possible utilization of the production facilities accounting for secondary limitations


Product tracking on the production and packaging lines


Minimised changeovers at the production and packaging lines


Optimised inventory based on actual and expected sales, equipment utilization and secondary limitations


Quick adjustment of the production plan: Opcenter Scheduling & Planning allows to quickly generate a variety of production schedules depending on the market demand and priority orders and helps understand if additional orders can be handled.


Calculated and optimized utilization of human resources



High rates of production scheduling

Make-to-stock or make-to-order planning and combination strategies

Combining continuous and discreet types of production

Availability of multilevel scheduling: for a short, medium and long term

Different schedule optimization strategies: minimum changeovers, minimum work-in-progress, parallel work, forward and reverse order

Fast response to arising changes through modelling of various production scenarios aimed at finding optimum solutions (‘What if’)

World leaders, such as ArcelorMittal, Vallourec&Mannesmann and Rio Tinto Alcan, are using Opcenter Scheduling & Planning for automation of their production planning processes. It is a flexible solution that finds successful application in various industries.

Among the effects achieved and confirmed by our leading Customers, one can highlight the following:

An up to 12% rise in performance (due to quick response to changes)

Up to 20% shorter planning time (due to automation of production planning processes)

The number of late deliveries is down to 0% (due to accurately defined dates of output and production of new orders)