Supply planning is the practice of anticipating and managing inventory in order to provide products to customers on time. The process forms a critical part of any manufacturing operation because it ensures raw materials and components are available when they’re needed on the shop floor. This prevents costly “line-down” conditions. The supply planning process also involves forecasting future demand and establishing supply policies to ensure supply chain efficiency.
Success from highly integrated operations
The purchasing department plays an important role in supply planning. Buyers need to be aware of supply cycles and potential risks within their supply chains, such as changes in customer demand or supplier capacities. They must also have accurate information on pricing and delivery times. This makes it possible for buyers to make informed decisions about supply chain operations while controlling costs.
In addition, the purchasing department coordinates with other departments such as engineering, production, and inventory to ensure the entire supply chain is optimized to production needs. This helps to create a more efficient supply chain and contributes to better manufacturing performance.
Overall, supply planning is a complex process that involves anticipating and managing inventory across a company’s supply chain and matching that to the company’s manufacturing needs. In today’s world of increasingly more complex product builds and global sourcing processes, the need to optimize the purchasing process is front of mind for the successful manufacturer.
Managing complex processes with software solutions
Managing the quantities of part data required and juggling timelines can be overwhelming for paper-based or even spreadsheet management processes. More and more, PLM and MRP software play an important part in supply planning. Software like Aligni is designed to manage high complexity builds and the data from numerous vendors that’s required to make sure production hits their throughput and quality metrics.
If you’re looking to streamline your supply planning operations, sign up for Aligni today to learn more about how our software can help make managing today’s supply chain complexity easier.
- Aligni Knowledge Center
- Supply Planning for Manufacturing
- Material Resource Planning for Manufacturing
- Managing the Quoting process with Aligni
- Product Build Management with Aligni
- Demand Planning for Manufacturing
- Tracking material usage in production environments
- The Use of Safety Stock in Manufacturing
- ECRs in Manufacturing
- Engineering Change Orders
- Bills of Materials in Manufacturing
- The DFM process
- What is a build?
- Understanding the RFQ Process in Manufacturing
- Engineering Change Management in Manufacturing
- Just in Time Manufacturing Process
- Capacity Planning
- Inventory Planning
- Inventory Analysis
- How capacity planning and MRP work together
- Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) defined
- Product Data Management (PDM) defined
- The differences between PLM and PDM
- How PDM and PLM work together
- PLM in new product development
- The Advantages of Managing ECM in PLM
- Managing Product Costing with PLM
- The Product Handoff Process
- Managing Product Handoff information with PLM
- What product data does a PLM system manage?
- What data does an MRP system manage?
- Managing inventory lead times with MRP
- Inventory tracking defined
- Why inventory tracking and demand estimation work together
- Managing quality in an MRP system
- Migrating to an MRP system
- Manufacturing Production Planning
- The ECM process, step-by-step
- Lead time reduction with MRP
- Managing product specifications in a PLM
- Managing part versions and part revisions in MRP
- The benefits of managing BOMs in MRP
- Managing your ECM process in an MRP system