Setting up the VAPS

How to set up the scheduling parameters

The scheduling parameters are essential with regard to the two semi-automatic scheduling tools of the VAPS

The VAPS offers two semi-automatic scheduling tools, the functions "Add all" and "Fill idle times" either with or without taking into account the EMAD. The settings described below make sure that these functions work properly. All settings can be found in the VAPS Setup:

  • Consider EMAD when Adding all: With the function "Add all" you can schedule a bunch of production orders in one go. Tick this option,  if the EMAD is also be taken into account, when using "Add all". 
  • Consider EMAD when Filling Idle Times: The function "Fill Idle Times" helps you to avoid idle times on machine centers and thus use your capacities to the fulles extent possible. If you want to take into account EMAD when "Fill Idle Times" is used, tick this

Recommendation: If material availability is crucial for you, switch on both options, so that you never schedule without having material available.

  • Scheduling Start: Here you can define the scheduling start for the two functions, starting from the current work date. This will be indicated in the plan by a blue vertical line.

Recommendation: We recommend to initially set it to "2D" or "3D" to the short-term schedule as stable as possible.

  • Maximal Number of Scheduling IterationsThis option is mostly related to the "Fill idle times" functions and lets you specify how often the scheduling process shall be carried out. No matter which number you have entered here, the process will be stopped, when it brings no more change to the schedule.

Recommendation: We recommend to start with 5, if this takes too long, reduce to 3. But at least enter 1 here.