Scheduling for Co-Packing and Co-Manufacturing Arrangements: Achieving Seamless Integration with PlanetTogether and ERP/SCM/MES Systems

9/6/23 6:40 PM

As a Supply Chain Manager, you're tasked with orchestrating a complex ballet of processes to meet customer demands while optimizing resources. Co-packing and co-manufacturing arrangements add another layer of complexity to this challenge, requiring seamless scheduling and integration between various systems.

In this blog, we will explore the key considerations and solutions for scheduling in co-packing and co-manufacturing arrangements, with a focus on integrating PlanetTogether with leading ERP, SCM, and MES systems.

Understanding Co-Packing and Co-Manufacturing

Co-packing and co-manufacturing arrangements are strategies employed by packaging manufacturers to streamline operations and enhance efficiency. They involve partnering with other manufacturers or co-packers to produce or package products collectively. While these arrangements can bring significant benefits, they also introduce scheduling complexities that must be managed effectively.

The Scheduling Challenge

The core challenge in scheduling for co-packing and co-manufacturing arrangements lies in harmonizing multiple production schedules and resources across different facilities. To address this challenge, supply chain managers must consider the following factors:

Resource Allocation: Efficiently allocate resources such as machinery, labor, and materials across multiple facilities.

Demand Fluctuations: Account for fluctuations in demand from different customers and adapt production accordingly.

Real-time Visibility: Maintain real-time visibility into production status across all facilities.

Quality Assurance: Ensure consistent quality standards are met across all co-packing and co-manufacturing partners.

Communication: Facilitate seamless communication and data exchange between all stakeholders involved.

To tackle these challenges, integration between scheduling software like PlanetTogether and ERP, SCM, and MES systems becomes crucial.

Integration Benefits

Integrating PlanetTogether with your existing ERP, SCM, and MES systems can provide a multitude of benefits for scheduling in co-packing and co-manufacturing arrangements:

Streamlined Data Flow: Real-time data exchange between PlanetTogether and your ERP, SCM, and MES systems ensures that all parties have access to up-to-date information, leading to better decision-making.

Resource Optimization: Integrated systems allow for more efficient resource allocation, reducing downtime and minimizing production bottlenecks.

Improved Forecasting: With access to historical data and advanced analytics, integrated systems can provide more accurate demand forecasts, aiding in proactive scheduling.

Quality Control: Ensure consistent product quality and compliance with integrated quality control measures.

Now, let's look into the integration possibilities between PlanetTogether and some of the prominent ERP, SCM, and MES systems:

Integration with SAP

SAP, a leading ERP system, offers robust integration capabilities. You can seamlessly connect PlanetTogether with SAP using APIs or middleware solutions. This integration allows for the synchronization of production plans, inventory data, and order management between the two systems, enhancing scheduling accuracy.

Integration with Oracle

Oracle, another heavyweight in the ERP field, offers integration options through Oracle Integration Cloud. By integrating PlanetTogether with Oracle, you can achieve end-to-end visibility of your co-packing and co-manufacturing operations, enabling data-driven decision-making.

Integration with Microsoft Dynamics

Microsoft Dynamics users can take advantage of Azure Logic Apps or Power Automate to connect PlanetTogether with their ERP system. This integration facilitates the exchange of data related to production orders, inventory, and scheduling, ensuring seamless coordination.

Integration with Kinaxis RapidResponse

Kinaxis RapidResponse is a specialized supply chain management solution. Integrating PlanetTogether with Kinaxis can provide advanced scenario modeling and analysis capabilities, helping you make informed scheduling decisions in co-packing and co-manufacturing arrangements.

Integration with Aveva MES

Aveva MES offers Manufacturing Execution System solutions. Integrating it with PlanetTogether ensures that your production schedules are synchronized with real-time data from the shop floor. This integration enhances visibility into the execution of manufacturing orders.

Best Practices for Successful Integration

While integrating PlanetTogether with your ERP, SCM, and MES systems can provide substantial benefits, it's essential to follow best practices for successful implementation:

Define Clear Objectives: Clearly define your integration objectives, ensuring that all stakeholders have a shared understanding of the expected outcomes.

Select the Right Integration Method: Choose the integration method that aligns with your systems and business processes, whether it's API-based, middleware, or custom connectors.

Data Mapping: Ensure that data mapping between systems is accurate to avoid discrepancies and errors.

Testing and Validation: Rigorously test the integration to identify and address any issues before deployment.

Monitoring and Maintenance: Establish ongoing monitoring and maintenance processes to keep the integration running smoothly.


In the intricate world of co-packing and co-manufacturing arrangements in packaging manufacturing, effective scheduling and integration between PlanetTogether and ERP, SCM, and MES systems are pivotal. By seamlessly connecting these systems, supply chain managers can optimize resource allocation, enhance visibility, and make data-driven decisions, ultimately achieving greater efficiency and customer satisfaction.

Embracing integration not only addresses the scheduling challenges but also positions your organization for sustained growth and success in the competitive packaging industry.

Topics: Quality Control, Resource Optimization, PlanetTogether Software, Integrating PlanetTogether, Streamlined Data Flow, Improved Forecasting Accuracy, End-to-End Production Visibility, Real-Time Data from the Shop Floor, Synchronization of Production Plans, Scenario Modeling and Analysis Capabilities


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