Initial Problem

The complexities of Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) systems have increased significantly as a result of the "Industry 4.0" vision. Results and plans that are "calculated" by optimization procedures can often no longer be tracked by the responsible persons. They are therefore often not accepted and replaced by conventional plans or bypassed with historically developed practices.

Project Goal

The goal of the project EKPLO is to make use of the potential of APS systems - particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises - with the special consideration of the employees as key players in the order and resource planning. The resulting system is called human-centered APS (HAPS).

Approach and innovation

In EKPLO, a classical APS system is supplemented by functionalities for the visualization of the APS algorithms, for communication and collaboration support as well as for end-user-friendly adaptation of the APS algorithms. This is intended to contribute significantly to the reduction of complexity, to the better support of the employees in the real-time data and decision context, as well as to the rapid adaptation of the system by both the users on the one hand and the developers on the other.
The innovation of this project or of the novel system lies in the unique combination of different, frequently separated research and application areas. Within this project a holistic approach is developed to deal with this socio-technical, intra- but also interorganizational task.

Project partner Bilsing Automation

As part of the overall project, Bilsing Automation will mainly focus on the introduction of a HAPS in Attendorn and Iserlohn.