Every product has demand requirements. The plan to meet those requirements must be flexible to adapt to changing conditions. Often organizations focus on the internal components that affect their ability to fulfill the demand for their product; the things they can control.
To stay competitive Supply Chain professionals must learn to identify and analyze all demand and forecasting requirements, as well as constraints from labor, capacity, inventory and capital.
APICS' Master Planning of Resources (MPR) class focuses on developing and validating an achievable plan that is consistent with business policies, objectives and resource constraints. It provides concepts and processes that use sales, marketing and business requirements to develop the sales and operations plans used to create a workable master schedule. MPR provides tools such as:
- Rough Cut Capacity Planning (RCCP) that helps match production capacity to master planning schedules and identify possible bottlenecks.
- Capacity Requirements Planning (CRP) is used to compare Material Requirements Planning (MRP) data to hours for manufacturing to specification, and shows material and capacity requirements to meet demand.
Master Planning of Resources:
- Translates higher-level aggregate plans into workable schedules to be executed by operations and suppliers.
- Looks at relationships between sales, inventory, backlogs, product launches, etc. and the tradeoffs that occur from business choices that effect longer range planning.
- Explores forecasting methods and techniques, and performance measurements.
- Teaches the importance of maintaining effective communications with customers, establishing priorities, and maintaining accurate Bills of Material (BOM), lead times and inventories.
Master Planning of Resources is appropriate for any operations staff member within an organization. It is the second module in a series of CPIM courses that includes Basics of Supply Chain Management, Detailed Scheduling and Planning, Execution and Control of Operations, and Strategic Management of Resources. While MPR classes focus on bringing together all the mid- to long-term plans for business, the third and fourth modules get into the detail of scheduling and executing those plans.
APICS CPIM certification is one of the highest sought out certifications for Operations and Supply Chain professionals. It is preferred by thousands of employers worldwide. Certified professionals earn a national average of 19% more than people who are not CPIM-certified.
Even if you feel you do not need the in-depth knowledge that is gained through attaining the certification, the Master Planning of Resources will provide you with an applicable understanding of essential terminology, concepts, methodology and strategies of best practices you can use to identify conditions that require action within your organization. It may even enhance your credibility.
Visit http://www.apics-lork.org/cpim.html for additional information on APICS CPIM curriculum and training schedules.
Contact Master Level Instructor Rick Donahue at firstname.lastname@example.org for onsite group training for your organization.