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EnterpriseIQ
  • Deployment: Windows, web-based
  • Customer service: Email, phone
  • Automated scheduling
EnterpriseIQ from DELMIAworks, part of the Dassault Systèmes Group, is a complete manufacturing ERP solution incorporating a broad array of production planning and scheduling tools. These include a master production schedule that lists resources needed to implement the production plan, supported by capacity planning capabilities as well as real-time integration with sales and order entry modules through the forecast and production plan. What-if capabilities allow planners to determine availability of internal and vendor-supplied parts to complete specific manufacturing orders prior to scheduling production. Real-time capabilities allow immediate adjustments to production plans to accommodate unexpected delays and shortages. Using a common database, EnterpriseIQ is part of an integrated manufacturing ecosystem with one support team and one development team.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Automated scheduling
  • Capacity planning
  • What-if analysis

Cons

  • No free trial, demo only
  • Relatively expensive
  • Limited integration with other vendors' ERP systems

What Customers Are Saying

EnterpriseIQ is a favorite among customers because it gives them full control over vital company processes. Even though its implementation can be complex for some, users say it's really shown them just how powerful it is in driving quick growth. Customers also appreciate EnterpriseIQ's customization and adaptability, especially when it comes to data collection and reporting.

Summary

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EnterpriseIQ
  • Starting Price
    • $25
    • 000/user
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Windows, Web-Based
  • Support Options
    Email, Phone
  • What-if Analysis
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Windows, web-based
  • Customer service: Email, phone
  • Automated scheduling
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Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine)
  • Deployment: Windows, web-based
  • Customer service: Email, phone, live support
  • Constraint-based production scheduling
Infor CloudSuite Industrial is a production scheduling solution, usually hosted in the cloud but also available on-premise. It's a part of the Infor broader ERP solution and as such integrates fully with other Infor modules. Infor production scheduling uses constraint-based logic to schedule production according to the capacity and constraints of each piece of production equipment. Information is displayed in real time and is available to all production personnel. Infor strengths include recipe-based process plant scheduling and can take into account variable flow rates and filtration and pumping constraints, along with the time needed for process reactions to take place. Single-click user dashboards allow production personnel to view process operations in real time and identify variances against recipes. This ability is supported by automated optimization capabilities that can instantaneously adjust schedules. Infor's intuitive interface makes it easy for production processes to adjust and change parameters without needing IT involvement.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Automated scheduling
  • Change management
  • Quality management

Cons

  • No free trial, demo only
  • Primarily for process industry

What Customers Are Saying

Customers say CloudSuite's customizability and user-friendliness provide them with the means to better track their work orders. Not only are they impressed with how easy it is but once they get past the initial learning curve, the tool is so feature- and data-rich that it gives users a full view of their supply chain, which benefits the sales team.

Summary

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Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine)
  • Starting Price
    • $150/month/user
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Windows, Web-Based
  • Support Options
    Email, Phone, Live Support
  • What-if Analysis
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Windows, web-based
  • Customer service: Email, phone, live support
  • Constraint-based production scheduling
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Katana MRP
  • Deployment: Web-based
  • Customer service: Email, phone, live support
  • Production planning
Katana was developed out of a desire for a comprehensive manufacturing management solution for small and medium-sized companies. Its strength is a simple and easy-to-use interface along with wide capabilities for production planning, inventory control, sales order entry, purchasing, shop floor control, and cost tracking. Katana has built-in interface capabilities with numerous online applications like Shopify, eBay and QuickBooks, as well as an API for integrating with other systems. While it may not offer the sophistication of mainstream MRP solutions, it makes up for this with ease of use and broad functionality. Everything happens in real time, and there's no batch updating. Drag-and-drop features allow users to prioritize work. New sales orders immediately requisition relevant stock from inventory or flag the need to make new stock. Stock can be made to order or made for stock. The BOM allows for multilevel production recipes, and all items carry costs, so it's possible to determine manufactured cost.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Simple intuitive interface
  • Good integration capabilities with third-party software
  • E-commerce friendly

Cons

  • Primarily intended for smaller manufacturers
  • Limited features

What Customers Are Saying

Customers love how clean and intuitive the Katana interface is, which is one of the reasons many choose it over other programs. Because things are up and running quickly, they say, business production flow is more organized, which takes them to a whole new level, despite the lengthy learning curve.

Summary

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Katana MRP
  • Starting Price
    • Essential Plan: $99/month
    • PRO plan: $299/month
  • Free Trial/Demo
    14-Day Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Web-Based
  • Support Options
    Email, Phone, Live Support
  • What-if Analysis
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based
  • Customer service: Email, phone, live support
  • Production planning
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PlanetTogether
  • Deployment: Windows, web-based
  • Customer service: Email, phone, live support
  • Planning and scheduling
PlanetTogether was formed by two former students of the authors of the book The Theory of Scheduling. With a strong theoretical and practical background, they created a leading planning and scheduling platform. PlanetTogether is available through the cloud on a subscription basis or deployed on-premise. Based on classical resource planning algorithms, the software is well-suited for complex, multistage, multi-resource applications. It includes advanced features such as constraint-based planning supported by advanced optimization capability. It's scalable and suitable for single, multi-site, and global applications. An intuitive interface allows users to identify and resolve bottlenecks and visualize operations. Mobile support is provided. An extended three-month proof of concept trial allows potential users to fully evaluate PlanetTogether to be certain it's right for their application. Apart from the features mentioned, other capabilities include resource scheduling, plan optimization, capacity planning, order management, inventory planning, constraints, scenario planning, and analytics.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Advanced planning and scheduling
  • Integrates with most ERP software
  • What-if optimization

Cons

  • Pricing not specified
  • Not suitable for small organizations
  • No quality management

What Customers Are Saying

Having a project scheduling tool like PlanetTogether that's easy to use and functional makes a huge difference for many manufacturing customers. Some are impressed with the great results they've achieved. With its accessible support staff that goes the extra mile, customers don't hesitate to recommend PlanetTogether to colleagues.

Summary

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PlanetTogether
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Windows, Web-Based
  • Support Options
    Email, Phone, Live Support
  • What-if Analysis
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Windows, web-based
  • Customer service: Email, phone, live support
  • Planning and scheduling

How We Chose the Best Production Scheduling Software 

Production scheduling is a key process used to manage manufacturing. Important elements include scheduling production, arranging raw materials, identifying workflows, and optimizing production processes. While most often applied in high-volume manufacturing, it's equally relevant to small manufacturers and jobbing shops. We evaluated each production scheduling software solution on three criteria: production scheduling features, integrations with related systems, and reporting capabilities. 

Production Scheduling Features

We recommend that production scheduling software include automated scheduling and capacity planning capabilities. Capacity planning refers to the process for determining theoretical and actual manufacturing capacity, a crucial step in production scheduling. Additionally, we look for an ability to perform what-if analysis to determine the most efficient way to schedule production. 

Integrations

The software should have pre-built integrations with other software used together with production scheduling to minimize manual input and reduce errors. These include accounting systems, enterprise resource planning (ERP), raw materials purchasing, engineering change management, quality, logistics, and sales. 

Reports

Detailed reporting is crucial for success. There should be a combination of online reporting supplemented by printed schedules for use on the shop floor and with management. These include the production plan, routing information, resource requirements, and material pick lists, as well as order fulfillment, reworks, and analytics.