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As applications such as Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) operate efficiently with various other systems such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), the combination of these components combine to obtain the same goal - optimize production throughout the manufacturing operation. PLM  ERP MES CRMThese 3 factors of manufacturing thoroughly enhance production efficiency throughout facilities around the globe and establish a need for tracking and further integration of another component - Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems.

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is a method of approach through management of a product’s life cycle - debut to discard. With simple integration of human contributions, ERP, MES, accurate data, and business affairs, PLM is considered the backbone that allows for the factors to be able to successfully kongregate together. Basically, PLM serves as a business solution to manufacturing operations through management, collaboration, and product information.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

Enterprise Resource Planning systems (ERP) are utilized around the globe. These systems have allowed production facilities to be able to become a fully integrated facility that manages the most important aspects of their operation; manufacturing, supply chain, HR, and various others. With a fully integrated system, ERP can promote insight into your manufacturing operation and enhance areas where efficiency is lacking.

Manufacturing Execution System (MES)

Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) are informational systems that integrate and systematically control complex manufacturing systems on a factory floor. This system can effectively guarantee execution of the operation and successfully improve production throughput. Utilization of this system along with PLM and ERP can effectively enhance production.

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) pertains to the technological strategy of managing interactions and data throughout the lifecycle of a customer. The goal of this system is to improve relationships with customers through enhanced customer service and customer retention, which will ultimately improve sales.

Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) Utilization of 4 Pillars

A fully integrated system is a step in the direction toward optimizing production and achieving that goal is challenging when ERP manufacturing systems are simply not enough. Advanced planning and scheduling systems (APS) are fully integrated systems that allow you to take that step beyond your "now" and to optimize your manufacturing operation considerably. Through utilization of APS, the capabilities and benefits often realized are:

  • Production Modeling/Simulation
  • Flexible Accommodations
  • What-if Scenarios
  • Multi-Plant Balancing
  • Visual Factory & Analytics
  • Theory of Constraints Support

These benefits can drastically improve your production facility’s performance in terms of efficiency, throughput, ROI, and data accuracy. Utilization of an APS system will separate you from competitors and put your manufacturing operation a step ahead through optimized production.

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Topics: Advanced Planning and Scheduling, PlanetTogether, Implementation, APS, ERP, APS, enterprise resource planning, multi-plant, global plants, APS benefits, PLM, CRM


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