Business and IT architects – We build bridges

Between Excel-based planning and high-end applications


Planning replaces chance with error. How much truth there is in this provocative statement when it comes to planning and controlling production, because there are basically enough alternatives:

  • Customized MS Excel and Access solutions
  • Classic ERP/MRP based PPS
  • Advanced Planning & Scheduling APS Tools
  • MES-integrated control stations for detailed planning and control
  • Shop Floor Dispatching and monitoring solutions

What are the reasons why many companies cannot or do not want to do without their Excel solutions? Why does classic MRP-based production planning and control fail so often, and do advanced planning and scheduling solutions (APS) or MES-based control stations possibly represent a sensible supplement or alternative, and what is it about store floor dispatching and monitoring solutions?

It is worthwhile to start here, because the quality of production planning and control is essential for adherence to delivery dates, material supply in line with demand, and production efficiency. Fast and reliable delivery date statements with corresponding adherence to delivery dates, needs-based orders and call-offs from suppliers, and plannable, efficient production still represent the basis of existence for most industrial companies.

Reasons enough, therefore, to devote due attention to the topic. But this is where companies often reach their limits, both in terms of their capacities and in terms of methods and expertise.

HIR supports industrial companies in the analysis and operational design of their processes and IT systems for production planning and control. This topic represents one of our core competencies. Frequently, this is a focus of our MES and ERP consulting mandates.