Leveling and Smoothing

The management of many assembly groups hopes for positive effects from managing the assembly group according to ONE-PIECE-FLOW principles. This is an essential prerequisite for introducing a consumption control (Kanban). From the authors' perspective, in order to effectively work, one must implement a complex program planning in advance of production to be able to plan the orders level and smooth.

With the help of an SAP ERP / SAP S/4HANA Add-On for production smoothing, the allocation of assembly lines can be planned after principles of ONE-PIECE-FLOW. There is automated planning controlled via parameters, as well as the possibility of changing automated planning results through Drag & Drop rescheduling.

An algorithm for solving a generalized assignment problem forms the core of the Add-On. This algorithm is parameterized with respect to “Meeting Deadlines” and “Leveling Quality”. Exclusively SAP ERP / SAP S/4HANA data is used.