Requirements for production planning tools of today
Customer-oriented manufacturing companies need production planning tools that help them to fulfil orders in a fast and flexible way. At the same time, these tools should keep production costs as low as possible, and eliminate all the unnecessary fluctuations of the production load. These challenges can only be met if companies exploit state-of-the-art planning technologies to their full potential. Planning tools must perform real optimization, and generate production plans in an efficient, automated, and reproducible way. To achieve user acceptance, they must offer decision support by analyzing different plan alternatives.