The ICRON Architecture
ICRON’s visual Supply Chain modeling tool GSAMS, with a rich set of planning objects/ingredients forms the basis to model and solve the most complex Supply Chain Planning, scheduling and optimization issues. GSAMS provides the user required flexibility to construct web based Planning and Execution models, whether it regards Manufacturing, Logistics, Transportation or Services.
With no limit on the number of authorized users that can access an ICRON server, planning and feedback information is transferred in real-time to all stakeholders, from management to the workspace. This visibility allows individuals to see the effect of their own actions on the big picture and thus improve on their own work practices. This is one of the cornerstones of Six Sigma and LEAN operations. Linkage with clients and suppliers offers additional visibility in directions, smoothing real-time communications processes and improving external relationships.
ICRON can be used to address virtually any planning problem in an environment, from network analysis, manpower, materials and operations planning to detailed financial planning. ICRON is designed precisely around clients’ needs and does not force changes in work practices based on system limitations and constraints.
All ICRON operations take place in the PC RAM delivering solutions in seconds to a few minutes. This allows planners to produce multiple offline scenarios and then choose the most suitable plan to implement. It also enables fast reaction to changes in the planning environment.
Fast Graphical Modeling (Scalability and Continuous 100% Fit)
Once the planning requirements have been defined, it typically takes only a few days to write algorithms and operate the system. The algorithms are presented as graphical flow charts and it is easy to follow and understand the logic. This makes future system adjustment or enhancement quick, easy and cheap to achieve, delivering a long useful service life and low operating costs.
Finite Capacity Scheduling
ICRON will only assign a task to an available resource, meaning that all plans delivered are realistic and achievable, giving confidence to all stakeholders. Optimization delivers the best operations schedule possible.
Best operating practices are defined and captured in the Operations Research phase of an ICRON implementation. These are then applied across all operations and, fast re-scheduling capability ensures that any operation is held on, or very close to optimum performance at all times.
Planners workloads are reduced through auto-scheduling, typically by up to 80% compared with manual techniques. This provides additional time for effective production control and plan implementation, as well as generation of scenario analysis, offering both current and future savings.