Tank Allocation Scheduling

Typical Industries and Scenarios

Production processes in the food industries, in particular in dairies and in beverage production, often require intermediate storage in tanks or silos. Often a tank may hold different products at different times, in that case the tank is denoted as "multi-product tank" or "non-determined tank". A single production batch may also use multiple source tanks for the same raw material component and multiple target tanks for the same target component. Scheduling of such production is highly complicated. By use of an efficient scheduling tool it is possible to optimize the utilization of limited storage capacities in order to minimize investments into expansion of storage facilities.

Scheduling Application

The screenshot of a Scheduling workframe in ORSOFT Manufacturing Workbench shows the results of successful tank scheduling. The cycles of filling, depletion and cleaning of an individual tank are visualized in a Gantt chart. The integrated line histogram visualizes the resulting changing tank stock level over the timeline. Additional visualization elements can be used to alert exceptional situations, such as tank overflow and infeasible product combinations, to the planner.


Alert symbols show exceptions that need to be looked at and resolved by the planner.


Integration with SAP

The solution is fully integrated with SAP ERP and only uses master data and transactional data from SAP ERP. It requires no additional server hardware.
Implementation of Tank Allocation Scheduling requires some modification of SAP ERP master data, because the module SAP ERP PP-PI does not support Tank Allocation Scheduling without additional software which needs more detailed information in master data.

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