3.3. Dynamic Scheduling

The following video provides an overview of how FORCE Bridge API coordinates the planning algorithm, forecasting algorithm, and the selection of a planning scenario by the production planner. Details on the individual applications can be found in the following sections.”

The planning result and even more the forecast result ensure the organizational interoperability of all machines, IT systems, applications and staff members in a production plant. The entire production logistics can be aligned to the forecast result in order to provide the required materials, tools and other resources at the right workplace in the right quality just in time.

FORCE Bridge API itself ensures the interoperability of the individual applications and IT systems connected to the IoT platform. Planning scenarios can be provided by planning algorithms without the application developer having to know the business background of why an operation has one or more predecessors within an operation sequence or network of orders. The application developer also does not need to know why certain alternative workplaces are defined as planning alternatives with different manufacturing variants, how the setup transitions are defined, or how the personnel requirements at a workplace are determined. In particular, each application can be developed independently of other applications. An application is only informed that the data it provides is no longer up-to-date. For the planning algorithm, which determines new planning scenarios at regular time intervals, the OBSOLETE_OPERATION_PLANNING_SCENARIOS event indicates that a new planning scenario should be provided. For the forecast algorithm that determines the current forecast result at regular time intervals, the OBSOLETE_OPERATION_FORECAST_RESULTS event indicates that a new forecast result should be provided. Apart from that, no application developer needs to know the existence of another application or understand how it works.