Acumatica Manufacturing Edition – Planning with Acumatica Production Scheduling Software
The new 2017 R2 Acumatica Cloud ERP Manufacturing Edition is key to enabling manufacturers to manage the order-to-production-to-cash process. It all starts with telling the system what to produce and when. There are two ways to do that and this article covers how to create a Master Production Schedule (MPS) – a plan of the end items to produce for sale. A previous article entitled “Acumatica Production Scheduling Software – Creating a Forecast” covers how to use the Generate Forecast screen to create a sales forecast the Manufacturing Edition.
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Acumatica Production Scheduling Software – Master Production Schedule
The Acumatica Manufacturing Edition enables users to enter a plan of which end items to produce in anticipation of future sales. That production plan is then used by the Acumatica production scheduling software to suggest the creation of Production Orders for subassemblies and final assemblies. The system also generates action messages to buy components at the right time to meet the production plan.
Master Production Schedule Creation Steps:
- Prior to loading an MPS, calculate which end items you plan to produce and when during your planning horizon. A planning horizon is the cumulative lead times for raw material acquisition and assembly of products and is used in anticipation of customer demand. As discussed in the post on Generate Forecasts make sure the management team agrees with the planned production levels and in particular sales, production and finance team members.
- The MPS is loaded by item in the Master Production Schedule screen, once you have determined the schedule. It can be loaded manually or via data import.
- One approach to determining the MPS levels for all end items would be to start with the Generate Forecast screen to calculate a forecast for your planning horizon based on historical sales. Then use the Export to Excel option and make any modifications to the schedule in Excel including adding the BOM ID for each item.
- Then create an Import Scenario and load the records into the Master Production Schedule screen as shown above.
Creating a master production schedule or sales forecast is the first step in taking full advantage of the production scheduling software features in the new Acumatica Manufacturing Edition. We will cover more steps in the process in future posts.
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