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Production Planning

Area Pianificazione della Produzione

Production Planning

Area Pianificazione della Produzione

The Crucial Role of Production Planning

A master production schedule (MPS) is one of the most strategic areas of production process management systems. This schedule organizes production strategies based on customer deliveries, which don’t always align with the management and efficiency objectives of the production departments.
The Fluentis ERP utilizes various techniques for strategic Production Planning: MTO (Make to Order), MTS (Make to Stock), ATO (Assembly to Order) or ETO (Engineering to Order).
It is common for production needs to vary, requiring a good balance between satisfying demand (Demand Planning) and supply management.


  • Definition of MPS
  • Infinite capacity scheduling
  • FCS scheduling (finite capacity)
  • CRP, Capacity Requirement Planning
  • Scheduling by delivery area
  • MRP
  • Phase sequence

What can you do with the Production Planning area of Fluentis ERP?


With a clear master production schedule, the planning manager can make the production program, or “Guide Program” a reality. This program includes all production orders, whether they are single-product or multi-product, capable of determining the set of products to be made. The definition MPS highlights the size of the demand, coming from customer orders and sales forecasts, rather than from understock or reorder points defined in the warehouse.


Production orders represent the main document of the production program. They can identify a single product, rather than the set of more logically aggregated products for production or logistics organization issues. Production orders can be dependent on a demand rather than independent. The ability to define a priority for the various orders will allow the production scheduling to cover the needs according to the distinct bases and production cycles of each article.


The Master Scheduling algorithm is the production scheduler that deals with select orders and analyzes their “production feasibility” according to its structural composition, defined precisely by the bill of materials and the processing cycles assigned to it. The result of this processing will give rise to the issuance of “Planned” documents, such as Planned Production Orders, Planned Work Orders and Planned Purchase Orders. The release of these documents will result in actual Production Orders, Work Orders and Purchase Requests, respectively, in the context of the Purchasing area. Production scheduling can take place with “At the earliest” analysis logic, rather than “At the latest”, depending on the organization’s desired settings and strategies.


Finite capacity production scheduling addresses a need specific to organizations that produce for the warehouse. Optimizing production departments as much as possible, and therefore making production activities as convenient as possible, and optimizing their speed to reduce the setup costs of the work centers is the primary ambition of corporate Planners. In Fluentis ERP, finite capacity planning logics have been created for scheduling to achieve these objectives.


Thanks to this production planning procedure, the operator can analyze the production coverage of each active order inserted in the system. In essence, through the algorithms of this function, the Fluentis ERP MRP can identify the commitment of each item present in the warehouse, rather than those available on the date concerned. Through this process, the user can receive alerts about supply movements and the integration of necessary quantities, rather than cancelling orders of useless articles. The Fluentis MRP can operate in an information or device context, partially on select orders, rather than globally on the whole set of orders in production.


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