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Mattias Vos

Project Manager at OMP Belgium

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Mattias, a Project Manager, has worked with supply chain technology for more than a decade. He has always been interested in the art of user onboarding and has valuable experience in the requirements for proper tool adoption.

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Sofie Avonts

Consultant at OMP Belgium

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Sofie, a Consultant, focuses on user engagement projects to onboard users in different industries. This includes providing customized training covering the planning activities of the end user.

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  1. How does OMP provide an overview of the planning tasks to be carried out?

    Sofie Avonts

    Consultant at OMP Belgium

    OMP provides an overview of the various tasks assigned to each planner. Any information that might be relevant can be added, such as the task due date or the name of a person needing to provide input before the task can be launched. By pressing the Finished button, the planner indicates she’s done with her input, automatically triggering colleagues to start theirs. This functionality is very useful in complex planning cycles where multiple people depend on the input of others.

  2. How does OMP help planners navigate through their supply chain to find detailed information such as inventory projections and future demand?

    Sofie Avonts

    Consultant at OMP Belgium

    OMP allows planners to visualize the supply chain in a flow chart format, clarifying any dependencies. Underlying information is available via click-throughs and tooltips, giving planners access to all key data in one user-friendly overview.

  3. How can a quantity increase in a plan be quickly validated to confirm it won’t create machine overloads or component stockouts?

    Mattias Vos

    Project Manager at OMP Belgium

    OMP calculates the consequences of any changes made, so it’s always easy to get an overview of the machines needed to produce a given product and its components. In addition, automatic alerts for stockouts and overloads due to quantity increases can be configured.

  4. How can planners add their remarks or notes about assumptions made while creating or changing a plan?

    Sofie Avonts

    Consultant at OMP Belgium

    Planners can add comments whenever they create, delete or update a plan. These comments can be viewed or changed at any moment. Other contributors can reply to comments or amend them if needed. Comments can be searched or filtered using keywords or exported to an Excel file.

  5. How can multiple people plan the same group of products or using the same group of machines?

    Mattias Vos

    Project Manager at OMP Belgium

    OMP allows planners working on different value streams to plan production on shared machines. Different planners may for example work in different time horizons. Or they could work in the same time horizon but be given specific quotas on shared machines.

  6. How can planners consult the current plans for products upstream or downstream of their planning?

    Mattias Vos

    Project Manager at OMP Belgium

    OMP allows the parts of the supply chain visible to each planner to be defined. This allows planners to consult upstream or downstream plans or schedules on multiple levels.

  7. How does OMP prevent a planner messing up a colleague’s plan by accident?

    Mattias Vos

    Project Manager at OMP Belgium

    OMP allows user profiles to be defined to assure conflict-free collaboration, preventing a planner accidently making changes to a colleague’s plan.

  8. Is it possible to display the most up-to-date schedule version on the shop floor?

    Sofie Avonts

    Consultant at OMP Belgium

    OMP allows paperless communication to be established between schedulers and the shop floor, for example through large displays in near real time. The update frequency can be configured, for example every hour or every minute, depending on plan stability.

  9. How can we combine OMP data with data from other systems for ad-hoc analysis?

    Mattias Vos

    Project Manager at OMP Belgium

    Most OMP planning boards offer full Excel compatibility, meaning that you can simply copy the plan for a given product and paste it into an Excel file. For more advanced reporting you can use the OMP pivot functionality, with a user interface resembling Excel but offering more advanced conditional formatting and click-through options.

  10. How can planners be sure they are working on consistent master data?

    Sofie Avonts

    Consultant at OMP Belgium

    OMP offers dashboards indicating data likely to contain errors and needing validation. The data that are flagged could, for example, contain empty values, values outside the threshold, or inconsistencies. The flags help those in charge of master data to quickly spot anomalies without having to scan through large data sets, ensuring data quality while saving an enormous amount of time.

  11. Planners often need to consult additional information, for example pertaining to production constraints, but may not want their screens to be polluted with a constant overload of information. How does that work in OMP?

    Sofie Avonts

    Consultant at OMP Belgium

    The OMP user interface gives planners easy access to additional information, which can be hidden when the planners are done with it. Information can be added to tooltips, dockable windows and pop-up dialogs, depending on how important the information is and when it is needed.

  12. Planners always need to know which planning challenges must be addressed first. How can OMP help them?

    Mattias Vos

    Project Manager at OMP Belgium

    OMP conflict functionality checks for the presence of standard conflicts, and issues appropriate alerts. A comprehensive set of standard conflicts is covered including, for example, the risk of going out of stock or overloading machines. A severity level can be calculated for each conflict, allowing corrective actions to be scheduled in sequence. This is configurable. For example, the severity level of a stockout can be based on the predicted date, the extent to which it goes below zero, or a combination of the two.

  13. Some issues are only relevant in the short term. How does OMP stop planners being overloaded with irrelevant issues from a distant future?

    Mattias Vos

    Project Manager at OMP Belgium

    In OMP, each conflict can be given a time horizon. This helps planners focus on the conflicts needing to be addressed within the horizon of their choice.

  14. Sometimes a stockout alert must be confirmed by a physical stock count. How does OMP allow such a conflict to be moved to the background until it’s confirmed or corrected?

    Sofie Avonts

    Consultant at OMP Belgium

    OMP offers a snooze option, allowing a conflict to be hidden for a time period to be determined by the planner. Planners can at any moment check which conflicts they snoozed. Where the physical stock count contradicts the alert, the stock position is corrected, and the conflict is removed automatically.

  15. What if a production planner changes role to be a central demand planner, for example? Will their OMP application have the same user interface?

    Sofie Avonts

    Consultant at OMP Belgium

    The look and feel of the OMP application is deliberately kept consistent over the various planning functions across the entire supply chain. A supply planner moving to demand planning, or vice versa, will intuitively understand how to use the dashboards and read the data.

  16. How can planners define which parts of a plan can be created and updated by automatic solvers, and which parts must be left untouched?

    Mattias Vos

    Project Manager at OMP Belgium

    There are multiple ways to do this. You can manually define a time horizon during which the solver will not touch the planned quantities, or you can ‘freeze’ individual plans so that they are ignored by the solver, or a combination of the two. More advanced selection criteria are also available.

  17. In S&OP planning, we would like to evaluate the financial impact of the different options for phasing in a new product or product family. How can OMP help?

    Mattias Vos

    Project Manager at OMP Belgium

    In OMP, you can at any moment switch to scenario mode and start to run different types of simulations. The financial impact of each simulation can be calculated if cost and margin information is available. Every simulation can be complemented by notes and remarks that might be important in the decision-making process. When the most optimal scenario is chosen, it can be activated with a single click.

  18. We’ve been managing the production schedule using OMP for quite a while now, but we would like to start managing the volume plan. Do we need another application for that?

    Sofie Avonts

    Consultant at OMP Belgium

    No, OMP is an end-to-end planning tool which includes both volume planning and detailed scheduling in one application. Every change in your schedule will immediately show in your volume-planning view, and vice versa.

  19. The task of adjusting operational plans to the monthly high-level plan is a cumbersome and time-consuming task, requiring our planners to wrestle with numerous Excel sheets. How can OMP help with this?

    Sofie Avonts

    Consultant at OMP Belgium

    OMP allows the S&OP numbers to be visualized as an extra line in the daily planning view for the purpose of comparison with the actual numbers. Alerts can be configured for differences exceeding set thresholds. OMP also allows a specific time horizon in the S&OP plan to be copied into the operational plan.

  20. How does OMP show the impact of a machine breakdown on the plan?

    Mattias Vos

    Project Manager at OMP Belgium

    In OMP, a machine breakdown is registered as a calendar exception in the schedule. This will instruct the Gantt engine to automatically reposition the production orders based on the revised machine availability. Any conflict that might arise - for example a stockout - will be shown in the conflict overview.


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