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Production Planning & Scheduling in Infor CloudSuite™ Industrial (SyteLine ERP)

Advanced Planning & Scheduling (APS)

To meet your lean manufacturing goals—to do more and more with less and less—lean planning capabilities are vital. Planning must focus on customer demand today, pulling to the customer due date and synchronizing the flow of material and capacity accordingly. Infor CloudSuite Industrial APS is a powerful solution that synchronizes the use of work centers, inventory, resources, and supply with customer orders.

CloudSuite Industrial APS highlights:

  • Greater visibility in planning — Our solution provides exceptional visibility into the lean manufacturing plans it creates. You get a continuously visible plan for each order, so that every order “knows” the jobs and POs it needs, and every supply “knows” the demand it supports. You also gain new insight into your inventory and your resources (machines, operators, work centers, cell, and facility utilizations).
  • “What-if” capabilities — The “what-if” capabilities of the CloudSuite Industrial APS engine let users determine the impact of decisions. For example, you can insert a high priority order into your current production plan, add overtime hours, or outsource specific components. The system instantly determines which customer orders will be affected and how delivery timeframes will change.
  • Freeze schedule
  • Freeze schedule with offset
  • Predict demand for jobs that are configured through CPQ
  • Automatically enforce Get ATP(Available to Promise)/CTP(Capable to Promise)

Material Requirements Planning (MRP)

Infor CloudSuite Industrial Material Requirements Planning (MRP) module assists you in managing the balance between supply and demand. MRP is a mode of planning that plans requirements in order by the lowest level in which the item appears in a bill of material. That is, it plans all end items first, then all items at the next level, and so on, backward planning each requirement from the requirement's needed date to the item's lead time and batching together requirements needed at the same period of time.


  • Explode all assembly schedules into component requirements
  • Consume the forecast with actual orders as they are received
  • The master production schedule (MPS) allows you to control production of key end items to help you protect your schedule from fluctuations in order-based demand (forecasts, customer orders, parent job orders, etc.). MPS is a manually created, anticipated build schedule for an item. You create it based on your expectations of demand and your estimation of resource capacity.
  • Material Planning Workbench for automatic creation of Purchase Orders, Jobs, or Transfer Orders
  • Run MRP for all sites or individual sites
  • Define a source per part – Manufactured, Purchased, or Transferred to define sourcing by site.
  • Available To Promise
  • View Exception messages when exceptions occur such as on-hand quantity drops below safety stock, or when a planned receipt is no longer needed (or needs to be moved in or out in time)
  • Use the Order Action Report to determine the job orders and purchase orders you must generate and release for a given item to be available when needed
  • Replicate MRP planned transfer orders to the supply sites in your multi-site environment
  • Peg each supply against demand using the Pegging Display form


The Infor CloudSuite Industrial Scheduler calculates the dates and times to work on a subset of existing orders - those manufacturing orders that you need to complete in the near future. You can run the schedule over any horizon: a shift, day, week, month, etc. However, you will usually run it for a one-day horizon, and you will usually run it each day.

  • Schedule Planned orders generated by MRP or APS, Firm jobs, Working estimate jobs, Planned estimate jobs, production schedules
  • Schedule jobs forward in time
  • Schedule resources to perform operations
  • Event-based scheduling
  • Utilize scheduling shifts, holidays, resources, resource groups, departments, and work centers
  • Prioritize jobs by setting sequence and selection rules
  • Identify late jobs and causes using the Scheduler output analysis forms or Analyzer
  • Runs automatically in the Background Queue
  • Dispatch lists by individual resources or resource groups
  • Graphical views of capacity and schedule
  • Schedule analysis by exception
  • Resource Bottleneck analysis forms and reports

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