Planning and Scheduling



Performance-driven companies have mastered the art of predicting and responding quickly to changes in customer demand with minimal business interruption. Whether you are a global, multisite enterprise or a single site manufacturer or distributor, precise and flexible planning and scheduling is imperative to efficient and profitable operation. Epicor offers a comprehensive solution for forecasting, material requirements planning (MRP), scheduling, and advanced planning and scheduling to meet the needs of today’s agile businesses


Forecasting and Master Production Scheduling

Forecasting and Master Production Scheduling (MPS) in Epicor are included with the Material Requirements Planning module and are designed to assist manufacturers and distributors with both day-to-day control and long-range planning and decision making. Forecasting and MPS support businesses that operate multiple, mixed-mode strategies simultaneously. Forecasting & Master Production Scheduling functionality includes:


  • Forecasting

  • Forecast Buckets

  • Forecast Analysis

  • Inter-Company Trading

  • Master Production Schedule

  • Driving Capacity and Raw Material Procurement

Epicor Smart Demand Planner

Epicor Smart Demand Planner provides cloud-based statistical forecasting that automatically selects the right forecast model for each item—accounting for trend, seasonality, and promotion/event-driven demand. For companies that manage many items like component parts, service parts, material requirements planning, or high-tech equipment, it includes an intermittent demand model so you can accurately forecast the inventory needed to hit desired service levels


Material Requirements Planning

Built for the needs of a single site as an well as extended enterprise, MRP offers cross-plant and cross-company planning. Enhanced to offer plant source as well as product group sourcing of materials and assemblies, MRP automatically and visually extends the enterprise to efficiently manage supply and demand, from forecasting and MPS to MRP generation, and more. Material Requirements Planning functionality includes:


  • MRP Generation

  • Material Planning

  • Planning Contracts

  • Dynamic Lead-Times

  • Part Planning Tools

  • Plan as Assembly

  • Planning Horizon

  • Auto Job Firm Process

  • Multisite

  • Multilevel Pegging

  • Sourcing By Plant

  • Available-to-Promise

  • Planning Types

  • Rough Cut Horizon

  • Recycle Jobs

  • Short Horizon Days of Supply

  • Calculate Manufacturing Lead Time

  • Start Minimum Quantity

  • Bill of Materials Check

Scheduling and Resource Management

Multiple resource views and online scheduling tools such as the change impact informer offer the master scheduler and manager the ability to visually locate overload problems and slack conditions, then perform cost and throughput analysis on schedule changes before they are firmly committed. Scheduling & Resource Management functionality includes:

  • Production Scheduling Board

  • Alerts

  • Finite Scheduling

  • Drag-and-Drop

  • Operation Complete Quantity and Complete Time Displayed

  • Overload Informer

  • Multilevel Assemblies

  • Schedule Multi-Job

  • What-If and Change Impact

  • Setup Grouping

  • Capabilities with Zero Priority

  • Dual Resource Constraints

  • Conditional Forward Schedule

  • Resource Group

  • Finite Load Horizon

  • Resource-Based Schedule

  • Reschedule Delta

  • Rough Cut Scheduling

  • Scheduling Factor Send Ahead

  • Scheduling Blocks

  • Material Constraints Displayed

Advanced Planning and Scheduling

Available as an extension to Scheduling, Epicor Advanced Planning and Scheduling incorporates the strength of the Scheduling engine and enhances it with advanced functionality such as multiple constraint scheduling, a wide range of scheduling methods, visual drag-and-drop scheduling, capability and dependent capability-based scheduling, real-time capable-to-promise functionality, and advanced material planning functionality.

  • Capable-to-Promise

  • Multiple Resource Scheduling Board

  • Multiple Constraints

  • Resource Eligibility

  • Automated Scheduling by Capability

  • Dependent Capabilities

  • Finite or Infinite Capacity

  • Minimum WIP Scheduling

  • Dimensional Planning

  • Rate-Based Scheduling

  • Material Constraints

  • Advanced Material Planning

  • Change Impact Analysis

  • Time Adjustment

  • Optimization Rules

  • Balanced Optimization

  • Single Cell Scheduling

  • Unlimited What-If

  • Multi-Plant Communication

Multisite Management

Not only are manufacturers and distributors looking for new tools to oversee multiplant operations, but they’re also looking to maximize the use of existing resources. Alternative production methods management helps optimize the production processes for specific parts in each plant, based on the resources available. Another optimization tool includes the transfer of material or semi-finished components to another plant for completion.