Transform APS 
into your
competitive edge


10x ROI with Software + Thoughtware

Implementing APS reduces customer loss (due to broken delivery promises), increases current customer loyalty, and improves operational and financial performance across your entire business. Investing in our Thoughtware EdgeSM consulting and implementing APS software will maximize
the potential benefits of this tool, returning your investment tenfold.

“According to a report by the Mckinsey Global Institute, U.S. Manufacturers could boost their overall value by 20% — up to $530 billion — by 2025. However, Mckinsey cautions that the industry as a whole (including SMMS) must take advantage of newly available technologies and processes to achieve those numbers.”
National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Dept. of Commerce

Implementation of APS software will not make changes to the methods or techniques of your operation, nor require new training or new personnel. We work with what you already have in place. We reorganize your methods for the optimized use of your personnel, machinery, and technical processes.

Instead of reinventing the wheels on your business, we update and tune-up your business’s engine. In effect, the wheels you have turn more quickly and move in four-wheel-drive mode so you can adjust to bumps in the road, unforeseen terrain changes, and unanticipated changes in direction, upstream or downstream. The supply chain industry calls these events “variability”; we call them a pain--and we suspect you do too, in more colorful language.

When learning about your business, we listen to all participants in your production processes, from the shop floor to the C-suite—whether you have one plant or a dozen across the globe. Our goal: connect your disparate processes to help you achieve true interoperability. The result is collaboration at all levels typically achieved with a common operational mindset and language combined with high-performing software.

Unlike the previous systems, APS simultaneously plans and schedules
production based on available materials, labor and plant capacity. APS is commonly applied where one or more of the following conditions are present:

  • Make-to-Order (MTO), Assemble-to-Order (ATO), Make-to-Stock (MTS) or
    Engineer-to-Order (ETO) manufacturing
  • Capital-intensive production processes, where plant capacity is constrained
  • Products ‘competing’ for plant capacity: where many different products are
  • Products requiring a large number of components or manufacturing tasks
  • Frequent schedule changes which cannot be predicted



Manufacturing CIOs → Global Sales of APS to SME Manufacturers are projected to grow 14% over next five years. Don’t sit and watch your competition. 

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How does APS work with ERP?

Many companies purchase ERP systems that specifically offer “capacity planning and production scheduling” modules. Here's the issue...ERP is primarily a record storing system, not a problem-solving system


What companies want and need is a tool that can analyze data and provide planners better understanding of the implications of various issues or changes disrupting original production plans. By both definition and design, all ERP system do not analyze. They all work the same way—as storage. They are not forecasting software.

APS, on the other hand, is proactive decision support. Your current ERP tells you what the weather is in your business right now—like a thermometer. But what happens when the weather changes, and a rainstorm comes? APS software’s forecasting tools take into
account the possible storms and how they move and affect your business in real time.


APS Benefits Every Member of Your Team

APS software will be your competitive advantage for value creation.


It helps planners and schedulers first and foremost to provide better schedules to keep production moving according to plan. With APS, your customer service team will be able to proactively provide more in-depth information for customer calls. Your personnel at each work center, from the shop floor all the way to your C-suite, will be more informed and have a better understanding of processes. For C-Level executives, dashboards and diagnostics can leverage the output of APS, conduct real-time process matching to align demand with supply, and ensure schedule adherence. APS will improve your margins, overall profits, and business value.

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