PLANNING
& SCHEDULING

Planning & Scheduling_v3

PLANNING
& SCHEDULING

Planning & Scheduling_v3

PLANNING
& SCHEDULING

Planning & Scheduling_v3

Optimize the entire supply chain considering materials, physical resources (facilities and lines), and labor from materials procurement through manufacturing and/or distribution to markets and/or customers for either maximum profit or minimum cost and, as well, optimize short term (daily or less) schedules for minimum cost or time.

Optimize the entire supply chain considering materials, physical resources (facilities and lines), and labor from materials procurement through manufacturing and/or distribution to markets and/or customers for either maximum profit or minimum cost and, as well, optimize short term (daily or less) schedules for minimum cost or time.

Optimize the entire supply chain considering materials, physical resources (facilities and lines), and labor from materials procurement through manufacturing and/or distribution to markets and/or customers for either maximum profit or minimum cost and, as well, optimize short term (daily or less) schedules for minimum cost or time.

OVERVIEW

Optimal Planning & Scheduling Solutions optimize utilization of resources to achieve manufacturing, sales, distribution, and/or service goals through all phases of the planning and scheduling process. Optimal Planning & Scheduling Solutions include the following:

Optimal Planning & Scheduling Solutions achieve measurable profit improvement and/or savings, typically 5-10%, often much more, compared to flawed spreadsheets and other less capable programs. As well, planning and scheduling errors are avoided thus facilitating smoother operations.

Optimal Planning Solutions, as may be appropriate, consider the following data:

Optimal Scheduling Solutions, as may be appropriate, consider the following data:

Optimal Planning Solutions, as may be appropriate, consider the following data:

Optimal Scheduling Solutions, as may be appropriate, consider the following data:

Individual Models Include the Following:

Hosting

Optimal Solutions are cloud based thus facilitating rapid deployment and support, eliminating most IT support costs, and enabling regular, non-disruptive updates.

The Optimal interface includes powerful data import/export features to accelerate database construction. The Optimal API provides automated data exchange and optimization for tight connectivity with ERP systems.

OVERVIEW

Optimal Planning & Scheduling Solutions optimize utilization of resources to achieve manufacturing, sales, distribution, and/or service goals through all phases of the planning and scheduling process. Optimal Planning & Scheduling Solutions include the following:

Optimal Planning & Scheduling Solutions achieve measurable profit improvement and/or savings, typically 5-10%, often much more, compared to flawed spreadsheets and other less capable programs. As well, planning and scheduling errors are avoided thus facilitating smoother operations.

Optimal Planning Solutions, as may be appropriate, consider the following data:

Optimal Scheduling Solutions, as may be appropriate, consider the following data:

Individual models include the following:

Hosting

Optimal Solutions are cloud based thus facilitating rapid deployment and support, eliminating most IT support costs, and enabling regular, non-disruptive updates.

The Optimal interface includes powerful data import/export features to accelerate database construction. The Optimal API provides automated data exchange and optimization for tight connectivity with ERP systems.

APPLICATIONS

Application Information

Optimal Supply Chain Planning generates minimum cost or maximum profit manufacturing and distribution plans. Optimal considers raw material supply, forecast product demand for products by quantity and market price, inventory requirements by storage location, storage capacity and limits, distribution capacities, and other data. Measurable savings of 5-10%, often much more, are achieved by most users. Optimal reduces production costs by generating minimum cost or minimum time plans that meet product requirements, optimize production runs, increase order fulfillment, improve product mix, and reduce production conflicts.

Optimal Supply Chain Planning considers the following data.:

  • Raw material acquisition
  • Finished product production
  • Finished goods inventory
  • Shipments directly from plants to markets
  • Raw material inventory
  • Intermediate product production
  • Shipments to distribution centers
  • Shipments from distribution centers to markets
  • Market demands with prices for each product
Optimal Supply Chain Planning can consider as many time periods as necessary and these periods can be of different lengths. This feature allows analysis of inventory build-up and the timing of an investment in new facilities. Optimal provides decision support that addresses questions concerning operations, investment, recovery, and specific opportunities.
Optimal Capacity Planning optimizes production plans and capacity plans for several weeks or days into the future for manufacturing and/or distribution operations. Optimal considers raw material supply, forecast product demand, inventory requirements by storage location, storage capacity and limits, distribution capacities, and other data. Measurable savings of 3% or more are achieved by most users. Optimal reduces production costs by generating minimum cost or minimum time plans that meet product requirements, optimize production runs, increase order fulfillment, and reduce production conflicts.

Plans are generated considering the following:

  • Production Requirements for the planning period based on forecast product (SKU) demand by ship dates and considering required and permissible inventory levels.
  • Processing rates and costs for each product and product group considering all production and distribution processes and resources.
  • Processing similar or compatible product during the same period.
Optimal Capacity Planning enables users to define elements of their production and distribution network including costs, production rates, and capacities. The system generates optimized plans considering production and distribution constraints. Output includes overall costs and times for producing and distributing product as well as reports by planning period showing the times and costs for each product through the network.
Optimal Production Scheduling optimizes process industry production schedules for one to a few days for minimum cost or minimum time. Optimal considers manufacturing requirements, product process steps, step sequences, and step resources to generate minimum cost or minimum time schedules. Most often, Optimal Production Scheduling is used in conjunction with Optimal Planning applications to determine optimized production schedules for several weeks or days and the production scheduling system generates the optimized daily schedule. Optimal reduces production costs by identifying schedules that meet manufacturing requirements, reduce production conflicts, and reduce costs.

Schedules are generated considering the following:

  • Production Requirements for the scheduling horizon based on manufacturing requirements by day by product (SKU) including ship dates and quantities.
  • Process Steps for each product.
  • Process Resources for each Process Step with various capacities and costs for each Resource.
  • Product and Resource preparation rules including setup time and cost for changeover between Products.
  • Early and Late completion penalties by Product to address overtime costs.
Optimal Production Scheduling enables users to define elements of their production network including costs, production rates, and capacities. The system reports optimized schedules with times and costs for each product, production path, production step, and production resource.

APPLICATIONS

Application Information

   

Optimal Supply Chain Planning generates minimum cost or maximum profit manufacturing and distribution plans. Optimal considers raw material supply, forecast product demand for products by quantity and market price, inventory requirements by storage location, storage capacity and limits, distribution capacities, and other data. Measurable savings of 5-10%, often much more, are achieved by most users. Optimal reduces production costs by generating minimum cost or minimum time plans that meet product requirements, optimize production runs, increase order fulfillment, improve product mix, and reduce production conflicts.

Optimal Supply Chain Planning considers the following data.:

  • Raw material acquisition
  • Finished product production
  • Finished goods inventory
  • Shipments directly from plants to markets
  • Raw material inventory
  • Intermediate product production
  • Shipments to distribution centers
  • Shipments from distribution centers to markets
  • Market demands with prices for each product

Optimal Supply Chain Planning can consider as many time periods as necessary and these periods can be of different lengths. This feature allows analysis of inventory build-up and the timing of an investment in new facilities. Optimal provides decision support that addresses questions concerning operations, investment, recovery, and specific opportunities.

Optimal Capacity Planning optimizes production plans and capacity plans for several weeks or days into the future for manufacturing and/or distribution operations. Optimal considers raw material supply, forecast product demand, inventory requirements by storage location, storage capacity and limits, distribution capacities, and other data. Measurable savings of 3% or more are achieved by most users. Optimal reduces production costs by generating minimum cost or minimum time plans that meet product requirements, optimize production runs, increase order fulfillment, and reduce production conflicts.

Plans are generated considering the following:

  • Production Requirements for the planning period based on forecast product (SKU) demand by ship dates and considering required and permissible inventory levels.
  • Processing rates and costs for each product and product group considering all production and distribution processes and resources.
  • Processing similar or compatible product during the same period.
Optimal Capacity Planning enables users to define elements of their production and distribution network including costs, production rates, and capacities. The system generates optimized plans considering production and distribution constraints. Output includes overall costs and times for producing and distributing product as well as reports by planning period showing the times and costs for each product through the network.
Optimal Production Scheduling optimizes process industry production schedules for one to a few days for minimum cost or minimum time. Optimal considers manufacturing requirements, product process steps, step sequences, and step resources to generate minimum cost or minimum time schedules. Most often, Optimal Production Scheduling is used in conjunction with Optimal Planning applications to determine optimized production schedules for several weeks or days and the production scheduling system generates the optimized daily schedule. Optimal reduces production costs by identifying schedules that meet manufacturing requirements, reduce production conflicts, and reduce costs.

Schedules are generated considering the following:

  • Production Requirements for the scheduling horizon based on manufacturing requirements by day by product (SKU) including ship dates and quantities.
  • Process Steps for each product.
  • Process Resources for each Process Step with various capacities and costs for each Resource.
  • Product and Resource preparation rules including setup time and cost for changeover between Products.
  • Early and Late completion penalties by Product to address overtime costs.
Optimal Production Scheduling enables users to define elements of their production network including costs, production rates, and capacities. The system reports optimized schedules with times and costs for each product, production path, production step, and production resource.

APPLICATIONS

Application Information


Optimal Supply Chain Planning generates minimum cost or maximum profit manufacturing and distribution plans. Optimal considers raw material supply, forecast product demand for products by quantity and market price, inventory requirements by storage location, storage capacity and limits, distribution capacities, and other data. Measurable savings of 5-10%, often much more, are achieved by most users. Optimal reduces production costs by generating minimum cost or minimum time plans that meet product requirements, optimize production runs, increase order fulfillment, improve product mix, and reduce production conflicts.

Optimal Supply Chain Planning considers the following data.:

  • Raw material acquisition
  • Finished product production
  • Finished goods inventory
  • Shipments directly from plants to markets
  • Raw material inventory
  • Intermediate product production
  • Shipments to distribution centers
  • Shipments from distribution centers to markets
  • Market demands with prices for each product

Optimal Supply Chain Planning can consider as many time periods as necessary and these periods can be of different lengths. This feature allows analysis of inventory build-up and the timing of an investment in new facilities. Optimal provides decision support that addresses questions concerning operations, investment, recovery, and specific opportunities.


Optimal Capacity Planning optimizes production plans and capacity plans for several weeks or days into the future for manufacturing and/or distribution operations. Optimal considers raw material supply, forecast product demand, inventory requirements by storage location, storage capacity and limits, distribution capacities, and other data. Measurable savings of 3% or more are achieved by most users. Optimal reduces production costs by generating minimum cost or minimum time plans that meet product requirements, optimize production runs, increase order fulfillment, and reduce production conflicts.


Plans are generated considering the following:

  • Production Requirements for the planning period based on forecast product (SKU) demand by ship dates and considering required and permissible inventory levels.
  • Processing rates and costs for each product and product group considering all production and distribution processes and resources.
  • Processing similar or compatible product during the same period.
Optimal Capacity Planning enables users to define elements of their production and distribution network including costs, production rates, and capacities. The system generates optimized plans considering production and distribution constraints. Output includes overall costs and times for producing and distributing product as well as reports by planning period showing the times and costs for each product through the network.

Optimal Production Scheduling optimizes process industry production schedules for one to a few days for minimum cost or minimum time. Optimal considers manufacturing requirements, product process steps, step sequences, and step resources to generate minimum cost or minimum time schedules. Most often, Optimal Production Scheduling is used in conjunction with Optimal Planning applications to determine optimized production schedules for several weeks or days and the production scheduling system generates the optimized daily schedule. Optimal reduces production costs by identifying schedules that meet manufacturing requirements, reduce production conflicts, and reduce costs.


Schedules are generated considering the following:

  • Production Requirements for the scheduling horizon based on manufacturing requirements by day by product (SKU) including ship dates and quantities.
  • Process Steps for each product.
  • Process Resources for each Process Step with various capacities and costs for each Resource.
  • Product and Resource preparation rules including setup time and cost for changeover between Products.
  • Early and Late completion penalties by Product to address overtime costs.
Optimal Production Scheduling enables users to define elements of their production network including costs, production rates, and capacities. The system reports optimized schedules with times and costs for each product, production path, production step, and production resource.

INDUSTRIES

Please use the Contact Us form to request detailed information by industry and problem type.​

INDUSTRIES

Please use the Contact Us form to request detailed information by industry and problem type.​

CONFIGURATIONS

Simple configuration:
The Optimal Planning & Scheduling Solution, Simple Configuration, enables users to generate optimized planning and scheduling solutions to small problems in various industries with a few variables and constraints using a small model with very limited options. The Simple Configuration enables users learning about optimization to learn about the benefits of optimization in an educational size problem. Real world problems are larger and more complex.



Compare Configurations below

Basic configuration:
The Optimal Supply Chain Planning Solution, Basic Configuration, enables users in certain industries to generate optimized solutions to small planning and scheduling problems with a few variables and constraints using a small model with limited options. The Simple Configuration enables users to generate optimized supply chain and scheduling scenarios with relatively static Item costs and attribute values.



Compare Configurations below

Corporate – Planning Only configuration:
The Optimal Supply Chain Planning Solution, Corporate Configuration, is intended for medium and large single site operations. The Corporate Configuration enables users to generate optimized supply chain planning plans through all phases of the planning process. The Corporate Configuration provides users with comprehensive decision support for the integrated what to buy, what to sell, how to price problem, how to make, and how to distribute planning process. The Optimal API is included with the Corporate Configuration.



Compare Configurations below

Corporate – Scheduling Only configuration:
The Optimal Scheduling Solution, Corporate Configuration, is intended for medium and large single site operations. The Corporate Configuration enables users to generate optimized scheduling plans. The Corporate Configuration provides users with comprehensive decision support for the sequencing resource activities through the scheduling time period. The Optimal API is included with the Corporate Configuration.



Compare Configurations below

Enterprise configuration:
The Optimal Planning & Scheduling Solution, Enterprise Configuration, is intended for medium and large multi site operations and includes both Optimal Supply Chain Planning and Optimal Production Scheduling. The Optimal API is included with the Enterprise Configuration.



Compare Configurations below

SIMPLE

$50 / month
1 Seat Per Site Per Year

90 day trial;
then $50 / month

BASIC

$250 / month
3 Seats Per Site Per Year

CORPORATE
PLANNING ONLY

5 Seats Per Site Per Year

CORPORATE
SCHEDULING ONLY

8 Seats Per Site Per Year

ENTERPRISE

10 Seats Per Site Per Year

Model Sites:

Single Site

Single Site

Multiple Sites

Multiple Sites

Multiple Sites

Model Time Periods:

Multiple Periods

Multiple Periods

Multiple Periods

Multiple Periods

Multiple Periods

Models & Associated Tables:

Yield Optimization

Yield Optimization

Yield Optimization

Yield Optimization

Yield Optimization

Matrix Size:

10x10

100x100

Large

Large

Large

API Included:

-

-

-

Monthly Max Solves:

100

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Hosting:

Support:

Simple + Email

Simple + Email

Basic + Chat

Standard + Phone

Corporate + Webinars

CONFIGURATIONS

Simple configuration:
The Optimal Planning & Scheduling Solution, Simple Configuration, enables users to generate optimized planning and scheduling solutions to small problems in various industries with a few variables and constraints using a small model with very limited options. The Simple Configuration enables users learning about optimization to learn about the benefits of optimization in an educational size problem. Real world problems are larger and more complex.



Compare Configurations below

Basic configuration:
The Optimal Supply Chain Planning Solution, Basic Configuration, enables users in certain industries to generate optimized solutions to small planning and scheduling problems with a few variables and constraints using a small model with limited options. The Simple Configuration enables users to generate optimized supply chain and scheduling scenarios with relatively static Item costs and attribute values.



Compare Configurations below

Corporate – Planning Only configuration:
The Optimal Supply Chain Planning Solution, Corporate Configuration, is intended for medium and large single site operations. The Corporate Configuration enables users to generate optimized supply chain planning plans through all phases of the planning process. The Corporate Configuration provides users with comprehensive decision support for the integrated what to buy, what to sell, how to price problem, how to make, and how to distribute planning process. The Optimal API is included with the Corporate Configuration.



Compare Configurations below

Corporate – Scheduling Only configuration:
The Optimal Scheduling Solution, Corporate Configuration, is intended for medium and large single site operations. The Corporate Configuration enables users to generate optimized scheduling plans. The Corporate Configuration provides users with comprehensive decision support for the sequencing resource activities through the scheduling time period. The Optimal API is included with the Corporate Configuration.



Compare Configurations below

Enterprise configuration:
The Optimal Planning & Scheduling Solution, Enterprise Configuration, is intended for medium and large multi site operations and includes both Optimal Supply Chain Planning and Optimal Production Scheduling. The Optimal API is included with the Enterprise Configuration.



Compare Configurations below

SIMPLE


$50 / month
1 Seat Per Site Per Year

90 day trial;
then $50 / month

BASIC


$250 / month
3 Seats Per Site Per Year

CORPORATE
PLANNING ONLY

5 Seats Per Site Per Year

CORPORATE
SCHEDULING ONLY

8 Seats Per Site Per Year

ENTERPRISE

10 Seats Per Site Per Year

Model Sites:

Single Site

Single Site

Multiple Sites

Multiple Sites

Multiple Sites

Model Time Periods:

Multiple Periods

Multiple Periods

Multiple Periods

Multiple Periods

Multiple Periods

Models & Associated Tables:

Yield Optimization

Yield Optimization

Yield Optimization

Yield Optimization

Yield Optimization

Matrix Size:

10x10

100x100

Large

Large

Large

API Included:

-

-

-

Monthly Max Solves:

100

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Hosting:

Support:

Simple + Email

Simple + Email

Basic + Chat

Standard + Phone

Corporate + Webinars

CONFIGURATIONS

Simple configuration:
The Optimal Planning & Scheduling Solution, Simple Configuration, enables users to generate optimized planning and scheduling solutions to small problems in various industries with a few variables and constraints using a small model with very limited options. The Simple Configuration enables users learning about optimization to learn about the benefits of optimization in an educational size problem. Real world problems are larger and more complex.


Compare Configurations below

Basic configuration:
The Optimal Supply Chain Planning Solution, Basic Configuration, enables users in certain industries to generate optimized solutions to small planning and scheduling problems with a few variables and constraints using a small model with limited options. The Simple Configuration enables users to generate optimized supply chain and scheduling scenarios with relatively static Item costs and attribute values.


Compare Configurations below

Corporate – Planning Only configuration:
The Optimal Supply Chain Planning Solution, Corporate Configuration, is intended for medium and large single site operations. The Corporate Configuration enables users to generate optimized supply chain planning plans through all phases of the planning process. The Corporate Configuration provides users with comprehensive decision support for the integrated what to buy, what to sell, how to price problem, how to make, and how to distribute planning process. The Optimal API is included with the Corporate Configuration.


Compare Configurations below

Corporate – Scheduling Only configuration:
The Optimal Scheduling Solution, Corporate Configuration, is intended for medium and large single site operations. The Corporate Configuration enables users to generate optimized scheduling plans. The Corporate Configuration provides users with comprehensive decision support for the sequencing resource activities through the scheduling time period. The Optimal API is included with the Corporate Configuration.


Compare Configurations below

Enterprise configuration:
The Optimal Planning & Scheduling Solution, Enterprise Configuration, is intended for medium and large multi site operations and includes both Optimal Supply Chain Planning and Optimal Production Scheduling. The Optimal API is included with the Enterprise Configuration.


Compare Configurations below

SIMPLE

$50 / month
1 Seat Per Site Per Year

90 day trial; then $50 / month

Model Sites:Single Site
Model Time Periods:
Multiple Periods
Models & Associated Tables:Yield Optimization
Matrix Size:10×10
API Included:No
Monthly Max Solves:100
Hosting:Included
Support:Simple + Email

BASIC

$250 / month
3 Seats Per Site Per Year

Model Sites:Single Site
Model Time Periods:
Multiple Periods
Models & Associated Tables:Yield Optimization
Matrix Size:100×100
API Included:No
Monthly Max Solves:Unlimited
Hosting:Included
Support:Simple + Email

CORPORATE
PLANNING ONLY

5 Seats Per Site Per Year

Model Sites:Multiple Sites
Model Time Periods:
Multiple Periods
Models & Associated Tables:Yield Optimization
Matrix Size:Large
API Included:No
Monthly Max Solves:Unlimited
Hosting:Included
Support:Basic + Chat

CORPORATE
SCHEDULING ONLY

8 Seats Per Site Per Year

Model Sites:Multiple Sites
Model Time Periods:
Multiple Periods
Models & Associated Tables:Yield Optimization
Matrix Size:Large
API Included:Yes
Monthly Max Solves:Unlimited
Hosting:Included
Support:Standard + Phone

ENTERPRISE

10 Seats Per Site Per Year

Model Sites:Multiple Sites
Model Time Periods:
Multiple Periods
Models & Associated Tables:Yield Optimization
Matrix Size:Large
API Included:Yes
Monthly Max Solves:Unlimited
Hosting:Included
Support:Corporate + Webinars