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Advanced planning and scheduling

Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) is the pacemaker of a factory or manufacturing facility. With it, raw materials and production capacity can be allocated optimally to meet demand. It is the best way to make your processes leaner.


Advanced planning and scheduling (APS), also known as Production Planning, is the interpreter between production, operations and business systems. Using APS significantly shortens lead time. You can also lower your inventories, streamline material flow and use your resources more efficiently.

Conventional production planning and scheduling systems produce a rough schedule. It is not feasible as such, since every department has to modify it to make it usable. This breaks the material flows between processes. Modern APS solutions synchronize the pace and create a feasible plan for the whole chain. The planning tool has to be able to model close to 100% of the production processes and restrictions in order to produce a viable plan for every single resource.


How can Nortal help with advanced planning and scheduling?

Nortal’s APS solutions put just-in-time (JIT) philosophy into practice. It creates schedules that fully integrate sales, manufacturing and purchasing into one process. You can visualize, optimize and simulate conditions in production. You can make correct decisions beforehand, while taking into account deadlines, available capacity and costs.


Software Suite of Advanced Planning and Scheduling


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Janne Juola

Janne Juola

Head of Planning Solutions

Janne Juola has more than 10 years of experience in production planning and supply chain development. As a business consultant, Janne helps to renew customer's ordering and delivery models and supports customers in continuously improving their business. Janne's mission is the JIT principle of lean philosophy, i.e. implementation according to the actual proven need. As an avid rock climber, he likes vertical challenges both at work and in his free time.