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The MPS (Master Production Schedule) is the schedule program aimed at defining precisely the required quantity per period for each finished product to sell. It is the main part of the manufacturing production plan to make the supply chain work.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009 09:59
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The MRP - Material Requirements Planning - part of MRP-2 supply chain process - is based on the Orlicky’s theorem (1960):

  • Independant needs must be forecasted, dependant needs must be calculated
Thursday, 19 November 2009 13:53
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MRP stands for Material Requirement Planning.

MRP II stands for Manufacturing Requirement Planning and is an evolution of MRP I.


The MRP is a planning process itself developed in the 1960s by Joseph Orlicky from the United States, aimed at planning the supply chain both on the short and long term.

Monday, 16 November 2009 15:54
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The Sales and Operations Plan (S&OP) is derived from the strategic plan and the customer demand in the next 18 months. It takes into account the marketing, finance, manufacturing and plant manager to take decisions on the mid-term supply chain organisation.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009 16:09
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The key concept in manufacturing planning is to establish the boundaries between the two following triggers:

  • Make-To-Order, e.g. pull the flow
  • Make-To-Forecast, e.g. push the flow
Monday, 16 November 2009 13:37
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The capacity planning is a critical function in Supply chain planning.

A capacity is a work load that can be performed in a work center for a given period. We usually express the capacity in machines hours, labor hours or in throughput rate.

Friday, 20 November 2009 17:56
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