Alongside all the routine questions during production planning, scenarios can be a great help, even when making major decisions, for instance in the case of large investments. You can generate orders for a longer interval and examine how the production plans may change if the machine park does, too. It is also possible to test the changes in the production plans if the demand for a product or product group , a market or customer or site changes. Expanding into new markets and changes in demand become plannable and enable you to make better decisions.
How can you compare scenarios?
Once production plans have been created for various start data, it is interesting to compare the scenarios with one another to determine which variants are the more feasible. Here, defined key figures ,i.e. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) can be useful. The total processing times or individual cycle times can be established and compared as a KPI. Delays can also be a good indicator for the quality of a production plan. These (and other) values can be presented in a diagram and compared, thus quickly highlighting the consequences of the changes. Scenario- comparative pivot charts can also be helpful in production planning. In this way you get a good overview of the differences between two scenarios. With one click, a scenario is defined as a basic reference and the charts and tables show absolute and relative deviations .