Capacity Planning (Constraints)

Manage Constraints on a Global Level with Capacity Planning Solutions

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Generate a realistic supply plan that considers various types of capacity limitations.

In today’s global supply chain it’s a challenge to consistently balance demand and supply to exceed customers’ expectations. It becomes almost impossible if you can’t efficiently and effectively align your capacity resources to your planning processes, including S&OP down to detailed scheduling. The Capacity Planning (Constraints) application allows you to identify and analyze any possible problems involving constraints whether you are supporting your S&OP process or responding to unexpected changes in the supply chain.

Tailored for Your Business

RapidResponse applications are based on best-practices and standard process flows established by our years of successful deployments at a multitude of world-leading manufacturers. The out-of-the-box Capacity Planning (Constraints) application enables a quick implementation and acts as an advanced starting point for a tailored solution that meets your company’s unique needs. You will be able to immediately take advantage of the available workbooks, dashboards and scorecards to model constrained material and capacity, simulate changes impacting resources, collaborate with others on constraint issues, and align the management of constraints with your other business goals.

The Added Value of Integrated Applications

Among the greatest advantages of any given RapidResponse application is the ability to leverage it in conjunction with other applications as part of a broader, integrated solution. Depending on the need, significant added benefits can be achieved by using the Capacity Planning (Constraints) application alongside one or more related applications to ensure synchronization across interrelated planning processes. Companies that use the Capacity Planning (Constraints) application can achieve advantages and broader value by using it with connected applications such as (but not limited to):

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  • Early identification and proactive management of over or under-utilized assets
  • Quick and complete evaluation of cause and effects of contraints on operations
  • Integration of capacity planning and constraint impact analysis with aggregate supply planning and master production scheduling processes to ensure plan feasibility

Functional capablilties

Master Data Management

  • Identify/create new constraints that represent bottlenecks in the supply chain
  • Define time-phased availability for the constraints in various units of measure (e.g. units, hours)
  • Update properties on new or existing constraints (e.g. rate, effectivity)
  • Assign linkage between parts (part sources) which have demand and constraints in order to generate load on the constraints
  • Utilize the same constraint at different levels of the product structure (e.g. finished goods and sub-assembly)

Planning and Analysis

  • Use constraints either in an unconstrained model (load only) or a constrained model
  • Consider and configure constrained planning in a variety of ways to suggest action alternatives
  • Review load by period versus available constraints
  • Simulate changes to constraint-related properties and view results
  • Simulate changes in other RapidResponse applications and view output results on constraints for business processes such as aggregate supply planning, master production scheduling, and supply action management
  • Manage assumptions so you can understand why particular decisions associated with constraints may have been made

CP Operations Dashboard

CP Constraint Manager Workbook

Managing Performance

In addition to the standard corporate measures of revenue, margin, inventory value, and on-time delivery, metrics associated specifically with capacity planning are also included in the application’s out-of-the-box dashboards. This allows for focused management of the performance measures that are most applicable to the function at hand.

Added measures presented in the Capacity Planning (Constraints) dashboard include:

  • Constraint Utilization—a summary of the source constraint load, by period, and expressed as a percentage of the available load.
  • Overloads—a summary of the number of constraints that are overloaded, by period.
  • Underloads—a summary of the number of constraints that are underloaded, by period.
  • Supply Plan Volume—a summary of the number of units in the supply plan, by period, as compared to the annual plan.

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Capacity Planning (Constraints) Process Components

The following graphic illustrates the out-of-the-box Capacity Planning (Constraints) application process. This process can be tailored to meet your company's specific business needs.

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Supply Chain Planning Cycle Customer Quote

S&OP Scenario Planning Customer Quote


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