Preactor Products - Advanced Scheduling

Advanced Scheduling

Complete visibility and control to support better scheduling decisions

Complete visibility and control to support better scheduling decisions

Advanced Scheduling software is an interactive, multi-constraint scheduling system. Availability of resources and additional constraints, such as tooling and materials, are all taken into consideration during scheduling to ensure an accurate model of your environment. Orders can be scheduled quickly using intelligent built-in rules, and the planner also has the ability to manually interact with the schedule to make changes based on their experience or new information.

Advanced Scheduling provides decision-making support for overtime, order prioritization, split production batches, due date negotiation and order processing.

Advanced Scheduling is made up of powerful features that allow you to build a custom solution. Read more about these features below.

Advanced Constraint Modeling (Professional)

Model advanced resource constraints, such as rules about concurrent rule usage, and advanced inter-operation constraints including limits on the time between operations and how much operation times can be extended.

Advanced Material Handling

Implement custom rules about how materials are consumed to ensure that sub-assemblies and raw materials are consumed according to business rules. When allocating materials, the system filters and ranks data to allow quality-related or customer-specific material usage constraints to be accounted for.

Advanced Schedule Optimization (Professional)

Define additional schedule optimization rules to deal with problems such as minimizing changeover times, preferred sequencing and campaigning. Composite rules can be built with the SIMATIC IT Preactor workflow tool.

Assembly Process Visualization (Professional)

Visualize the assembly process from raw materials through to finished goods and sales orders in the Material Explorer. This shows a graphical view of the material dependencies as well as plots of stock levels over time. See where shortages will occur and choose to keep them as a constraint, or ignore them.

Development Environment (Ultimate)

Gives access to the full flexibility possible. Database schema and constraint model can be altered as required, including adding tables and fields. Create custom scheduling rules to solve specific scheduling problems and custom data manipulation tools for use with the workflow engine.

Interactive Schedule Viewing (Ultimate Viewer)

Allows interaction with the schedule, but changes cannot be saved. Viewers can be used in the sales office to track the progress of orders and carry out order inquiries against a read-only copy of the published schedule. Management can use them to compare actual times with scheduled completion times to assess performance of the production process. Viewers can be used on a shop floor PC to provide the cell supervisor or machine operator with up-to-the-minute work-to-lists generated by the scheduling system.

Order Based Multi-Constraint Scheduling (Standard)

Create order based schedules and apply a ranking or weighting in order to prioritize orders. The software schedules based on availability of resources, additional constraints and materials required for the order. Create schedules taking in to account different operation run speeds on different resources, use sequence dependent changeover times based on operation attributes, and allow overlaps and slack time between operations.


Feature Standard Professional Ultimate
‘Order at a Time’ scheduling
In software table and field renaming
In software grid view and dialog design
Mid batch update (display only)
Attribute based simple setup times
Flexible Order Routing
File Based Export
File Based Import
Customizable spare fields 12 20
Multi-constraint scheduling (primary, secondary and materials)
Material consumption at order level
FIFO material linking rule
ADO .Net Data Source Import
Preactor Workflow tool (PESP) with Custom Actions to run external code
Transfer batching and Slack Times
Order Enquiry
Mid batch update with recalculation
Full Sequence dependent attribute based setup times
A set of standard advanced planning rules
Preactor workflow (PESP) Scheduling actions for multi-pass rules
Material consumption and production at operation level
Custom material linking rules
Material Explorer for material data visualization
Advanced resource constraints to model complex concurrent resource usage
Advanced operation constraints for complex inter-operation relationships
Exclude invalid resources based on attribute
Preactor Object API for data manipulation
Open Planning Board API for custom scheduling rules
Database schema and menu structure editing
All Preactor scheduling features and classifications


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