LSI Videos

What better way to explain something than to demonstrate it in a video? LSI’s team of analysts has put together a great set of informative videos about our solutions, including Opcenter APS (formerly Preactor Advanced Planning & Scheduling), CompliantPro QMS, and more. These videos are guaranteed to educate you about our solutions and show you valuable tips & tricks that will help you become more efficient!


APS vs ERP: What APS Does that ERP Does Not

ERP is a powerful tool and it does many things well, but… ERP was not designed for multi-constraint, finite capacity planning and scheduling that accurately reflects shop floor realities. That’s where APS comes in! This featured Opcenter APS (Preactor Advanced Planning & Scheduling) webinar focuses on the ways that APS enhances your ERP. In this session, LSI’s Hans Albright & Fraser Bonnett explain & demonstrate the limitations of ERP’s planning & scheduling modules by highlighting the capabilities of an APS solution, such as: consideration of constraints (tooling, labor, etc.), flexibility to model unique businesses (process, discrete, hybrid), resource capacity management, quick change response, what-if capabilities, corporate-wide visibility, incorporation of tribal knowledge, and more.

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APS & MES: Better Together for Full Operational Visibility

Availability of materials, fluctuations in demand, rising costs, labor shortages…

These are a daily threat to every manufacturer. How you manage & respond to these & other supply chain disruptions can greatly impact your efficiency and bottom line. To have the edge over your competition, it’s necessary to strategically plan & execute, then react quickly & intelligently to changes as they occur. But, without the right tools in place, you may find yourself quickly spiralling. With an integration of Advanced Planning & Scheduling (APS) & Manufacturing Execution System (MES) solutions, proper planning, execution, and operational visibility throughout the manufacturing process are optimized.

More information about Opcenter APS  &  ShopVue MES

Product Overviews

Opcenter APS

Lean Scheduling International is a proud Siemens PLM software partner, specializing in the implementation of Opcenter APS products, formerly known as Preactor Advanced Planning & Scheduling. 

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CompliantPro QMS allows an organization to manage their compliance and regulatory requirements in a single, integrated system.

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Snapshot allows Opcenter APS users to identify KPIs and compare them to see if different rules and different actions reflect positively or negatively on the schedule.

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Track-It! is a shop floor data collection tool that was designed by LSI to be minimalistic and to work lightweight in a browser that is accessible from anywhere! This solution is perfect for companies that need a simple solution for shop floor tracking. Track-It! has a seamless integration with Siemens’ Opcenter APS, formerly known as Preactor Advanced Planning & Scheduling software.

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Opcenter Scheduling - Sequencing Rules

Forward by Due Date

Quite possibly the most commonly used sequencing option within Opcenter APS is the Forward by Due Date scheduling rule. This brief demonstration shows you how it works and how you can do it yourself.

Preferred Sequence

The Preferred Sequence rule is an event-based sequencing rule that attempts to maximize utilization of resource capacity while also grouping together similar operations according to a hierarchy of attributes.

Weighted Sequencing

The weighted sequencing rule works within Opcenter Scheduling gives you the ability to sequence your orders based on weights that you assign to attributes related to the product, material, or other fields.

Opcenter Scheduling - Functionality

Calendar Management Overview

This video explains how to manage the calendars within Opcenter APS, formerly Preactor Advanced Planning & Scheduling.

Primary Calendars

This video gives an overview of Primary Calendars within Opcenter APS, taking a look at resource availability, efficiency, & how to adjust resource calendars using calendar states.

Drag/Drop Functionality

Planners & schedulers are able to quickly and easily make changes within the sequencing Gantt chart by simply clicking on an operation to drag & drop it elsewhere on the schedule within Opcenter APS.

Introduction to Secondary Constraints

In this video, you’ll see how Opcenter APS manages scheduling operations while considering secondary constraints. Secondary constraints are constraints that are applied to the resource/machine/line outside of their availability, such as machine operators or tools.

Static Bottleneck Wave Sequencing

This video demonstrates how Opcenter APS manages sequencing beginning at a bottleneck operation. This particular example highlights the challenges faced by food manufacturers in scheduling & sequencing batch jobs with multiple production steps in an environment with different products & numerous allergens.

Mid-Batch Updates

This brief demonstration of Opcenter Scheduling shows you how the Advanced Planning & Scheduling software solution updates the schedule with the status of jobs currently running on the manufacturing production floor.

Wave Sequencing

In this brief demonstration, you’ll see how the Opcenter Scheduling software solution gives you the power to schedule orders in prioritized waves based on attribute (customer, product type, material type, etc.). 

Opcenter Scheduling - Industry Specific

Glass & Furnace Scheduling

Take a look at how the solution sequences work order operations in the glass industry by considering the necessary constraints and attributes, as well as requirements surrounding furnaces.

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Allergen Scheduling

See how Opcenter APS can enable you to create safe & efficient schedules, minimizing clean outs & ensuring no cross-contamination.

More about the Food & Beverage Industry

Oven Sequencing

This video demonstrates how Opcenter APS handles the unique sequencing requirements for properly scheduling ovens & furnaces.

Webinar Replay: APS for Food & Beverage

In this video playback, our team discusses Opcenter APS and demonstrates solutions for common problems encountered in F&B manufacturing:
• Avoiding Allergen cross-contamination while minimizing washdowns
• Requirements for USDA, Organic, Kosher, & Halal
• Raw materials – availability, shelf life
• Sequencing ovens and kettles
• Scheduling bi-directionally from packaging lines
• Managing tanks and bins

More about the Food & Beverage Industry

Webinar Replay: APS for Plastics

In this video playpack, our team discusses Opcenter APS and demonstrates solutions for common problems encountered in plastics manufacturing:
• Dealing with multiple resin blends & formulas
• Considering molds & mold frames with varying cavity counts
• Including tooling & labor as schedule constraints
• Minimizing setup time & waste
• Optimizing run efficiencies
• Lower inventories of raw materials & WIP

More about the Plastics Industry

Webinar Replay: APS for Packaging

In this video playpack, our team discusses Opcenter APS and demonstrates solutions for common problems encountered in packaging manufacturing:
• Scheduling presses to minimize ink changeovers and washdowns
• Sequencing considering substrate material size and type
• Finishing such as slitting, bag converting, carton die-cutting, folding, & gluing
• Including tooling & labor as scheduling constraints
• Managing SKU proliferation

More about the Packaging Industry

Webinar Replay: Integrated Forecasting, Planning & Scheduling for Process Manufacturing

Session 1: “Forecasting, Planning & Scheduling: Understanding the Differences, Why Each is Needed, & How They Should Work Together”

In this interactive first session, our experts discuss: 
The need for better forecasting – How forecasting aids in planning – Aiding inventory issues for make-to-stock – The difference in planning & scheduling: turning a plan into a schedule – How forecasting, planning & scheduling should work together to maximize efficiency & productivity, reduce stock & WIP, and improve on-time delivery and profitability

Webinar Replay: Integrated Forecasting, Planning & Scheduling for Process Manufacturing

Session 2: “An Integrated Look at Forecasting, Planning, & Scheduling” with Solution Demonstrations

In this interactive second session, our experts show you the integrated approach to forecasting, planning & scheduling by presenting demonstrations of best-of-breed solutions Forecast Pro & Opcenter Planning & Scheduling (Preactor)

Opcenter Planning

Paramaters for Opcenter Planning

In this video, we share with you how to adjust item parameters within Opcenter Planning (formerly Preactor Advanced Planning) to create accurate MPS calculations based on real shop floor capacity using primary & secondary constraint levels.

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Opcenter APS - Miscellaneous

Opcenter APS Product Features & Level Comparison

This video breaks down the key differences in features & benefits between the 3 available product levels within Opcenter Scheduling (formerly Preactor Advanced Scheduling): AS Standard, AS Professional, & AS Ultimate.

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BOM Exploder

The BOM Exploder is a tool developed by LSI to generate suggested purchase orders and/or manufacturing work orders to assist in the scheduling of finished good work orders by traversing the bill of materials and identifying material availability within Siemens Opcenter APS.

Webinar Replay: Opcenter APS Tips, Tricks, & Pointers

In this webinar playback, we present to you how quickly & easily users are able to make necessary adjustments to the schedule when unexpected issues arise by walking through common scheduling “What If’s?” such as:
• What happens when orders must be expedited?
• What happens when machines go down?
• What happens when a PO gets delayed?
• What happens when our shop floor operators call in?

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