The Encompix Advanced Planning and Scheduling module is based on Theory of Constraints (TOC) concepts eliminating the restrictions of older generation MRP-based scheduling systems.
One of your constraints might be the amount of space required for assembly. In other cases, you may have available machines to do the work, but no available operators. Encompix allows for multiple constraint management with a variety of scheduling options and analysis reports.
APS allows you to plan your production based on your business policies (customer priority, least slack time, reduced set-ups, order due date etc.). APS takes into account constraints such as capacity, materials, tooling and labor pool to determine the "best" possible schedule. You can run APS in simulation mode, with or without material constraints to see the effect of various scenarios before committing the production plan. The planning board display shows visually the capacity vs. load profile, and, with drag-and-drop features, allows the user to model changes interactively.