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Industry 4.0
Part 1 | Planning & Scheduling - The Vital Industry 4.0 Transformation Component
From the resource:
The Fourth Industrial Revolution
It is not easy to pinpoint where one phase ends and the next one begins. Now it is being felt that there are bigger gains in efficiency, flexibility and reliability by achieving a synergy between various existing systems using technologies, like Cyber Physical Systems (CPS), Big Data and Analytics, Computer Modeling, Cloud Computing, Mathematical Optimization.
Part 2 | Planning & Scheduling - The Vital Industry 4.0 Transformation Component
From the resource:
Planning and Scheduling 4.0
The defining characteristics of Industry 4.0 are Connected, Transparent, Proactive, Agile and Optimized [7]. P&S 4.0, as a vital component of Industry 4.0, also displays these characteristics.

Being Agile means responding to change in customers' requirements or change in operating conditions. Being connected enables co-operation between systems.
Product Simplification Does Not Diminish the Need for Planning and Scheduling
From the resource:
Increased Complexity in Other Areas
The lack of an internal combustion engine does not necessarily make an electric vehicle a simple piece of technology. There are several components and features that add to the complexity of an EV, both in terms of its concept and its construction, including: a high-capacity battery, charging system, center console and numerous electronic accessories

APS & Supply Chain Stability
Why advanced planning and scheduling can improve supply chain stability
From the resource:
For almost three years, the supply chain has been anything but stable. Ports stacked with container ships, suppliers going bankrupt, and a shortage of parts and raw materials has dominated the news cycle worldwide.

This paper will look at the causes of this downtime and contend that advanced planning and scheduling (APS) software can provide a solution that can turn the chaotic into an organized, profit-generating process.
APS & Customer Service
How Advanced Planning and Scheduling Software Can Improve Customer Service
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For manufacturers, customer obsession must include fast delivery and transparency about expected delays. In a world where raw materials and parts shortages are the norm rather than the exception, manufacturers that can deliver the goods for their customers as promised are in short supply.
APS & Digital Transformation
How Can Advanced Planning and Scheduling Software Drive Digitial Transformation in the Manufacturing Industry
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For some old-school manufacturers, digital transformation can be as simple as transferring all their paper records onto a digital spreadsheet, such as Microsoft Excel. Other companies who have already made the paper-to-digital switch might think about digital transformation as upgrading their
Excel workflows to include macro functions to speed up each process. Eventually, they move on to add digital solutions for their growing communications needs.

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