In production planning, the production processes are mostly pre-planned in the medium term, but also in the short term. In production control, the already pre-planned orders are released, controlled and monitored at the same time. In the context of work preparation, the PPS system determines, among other things, the sequence of processing operations.
The tasks of a production planning systems are usually to achieve certain production goals and to support the production process. The computer-aided production planning usually leads to cost reductions, since a more even utilization of the machines is achieved by it. The lead time in production is reduced and a high delivery readiness and adherence to delivery dates is achieved. In order for the system to achieve a high and even utilization of capacity, all data on existing orders flows into the software in addition to the master data.
Compare production planning systems in this current market overview. Industry-specific software is available for many industrial sectors such as plastics, sheet metal processing, metal construction, steel, packaging, foils, paper, toolmaking and mechanical engineering and many more. Production planning systems are often integrated into ERP systems.