Planning & Scheduling

A modern APS to support tomorrow's planning strategies

Our planning algorithms generate a detailed schedule for production and purchase, starting from the latest sales/stock and purchase registrations in your ERP solution, and a realtime update of the progress on the factory floor.

The schedule takes capacity constraints and planning rules into account, creating a proposal that planning experts can improve to deliver executable plans for execution by production and purchasing departments.

Every event in execution is subsequently tracked, allowing to maintain visibilty on the progress of the plan, and to allow making decisions when the disturbances occur (supply issues, machines stops, quality, etc).

Detailed scheduling

Use the GANTT chart to visualize the planning proposals generated by the system.  

The chart will show the plan by department/section, including production times, changeover times, handling times, dependencies, sequencing and much more.

Plans can also be shown in simpler grid overview and allow the planner to make adaptations, applying his expertise to improve the proposed plan.

Capacity planning

Rather than defining a fixed routing for each final product or service, the supply chain is broken down into processes for each step or action needed.
Based on the modeled business rules, each process is coupled to capabilities and skills needed for the process. 

Capability matching is then used to assign each job to a resource with the right capabilities and skills available in time. This technique is used to continuously calculate and reassess the order flow in real time.

Capabilities can change over time (eg due to machine re-engineering), which is configured by changing the resource setups for the machine.

Planning with alternatives or make/buy decisions

Products can be given multipe 'Engineering formula' that specify how they can be supplied.

These formula can evolve over time, with multiple versions.  Additionally, different formula can co-exist at a given moment in time, allow to choose between different production routings (e.g. in different plants), or make-buy decisions.

When work is delegated to subcontractors, the schedule can plan this work in detail, similar to the internal production (difference being that the supplier will receive purchase orders for the task).

Purchase planning

As a material planner, you are guaranteed that you 

While the above is done for all materials in supply, additional attention can be give to at-risk materials.  These materials, once indentified, can be monitored by both production and material planners, allowing the react as soon as possible when the requirement plan changes.


Complements the confirmed order book with sales forecasts to get a holistic simulation of demand for short-, mid-term planning purposes.

Forecasting schemes with your configured R-scripts allow to specify the demand behaviour of finished goods.  The scripts are interfaced to the high-performance CalculateR service that can run workloads on-premise or in the cloud.  

The result is loaded into planning simulations to calculate coverage of the demand in production or external supply.

Dynamic Reorderpoint Calculation

By frequently reviewing and updating reorderpoint quantities based on the latest forecast, planning and scheduling algorithms can take the forecast into account without needed all forecast details.

This is a very powerfull technique for short/midterm planning that allows continuous rescheduling without the need to maintain a strict master production schedule: the dynamic reorder point will cover changes in demand such seasonal sales, sales trends, etc.
Especially when connected to the S&OP process, this way of working is both powerfull and is highly efficient.

Transport planning

Create a detailed transport planning for your loading docks, allocating transports of internal/external logistic providers to specific time slots.

Based on the transport plan, which can be updated in real-time, plan the materials that will be delivered to your customers up front.  

Based on the updated transport plan, the required times to produce and supply that materials will be automatically updated and communicated to production/material planners.

The integration of outbound logistics planning makes sure that the end-to-end process is covered and customers can be supplied in reliable manner with short lead times.

Model driven

At the heart of Adaptive’s solutions lies an advanced modeling tool that enables end users to model their organization. Within the Advanced Scheduling solution, they can model the products, processes, resources, and constraints required by the scheduling algorithms. 

This approach gives great flexibility to an organization to be able to react to new products, sudden changes, and disruptions. 

Modelers can embed business rules and documentation into the models to ensure that all members of a customer’s team can maintain this core information.

Multi User

Multiple production and material planners can make manual adjustments to the automatically created schedule and/or investigate different scenarios at the same time.

When approved they can merge updates into the live production schedule along with those from other users.

ERP Integration

While the PearlChain product has standard ERP functions built-in, it's not always the best choice to replace your existing ERP solution.

Therefore we provide a seamless, near-real-time, integration option with your ERP.  By wiring the PearlChain MQ-based integration points for sales, purchase, stock, etc to your ERP system, data will flow quickly between your ERP and PearlChain.

This will make sure that users of both systems get accurate visibility of the supply chain data, while avoiding laboursome duplicate data entry.

We provide the service to transfer and transform data using various industry standard protocols and working with your IT team/standards.