When producing casting molds, optimal cast planning is required. When there are mold orders, whether the order is from one or multiple customers, it is essential to select the most optimal combination of casts in order to reduce over production and byproducts, while simultaneously considering the delivery dates.
ORSOFT Manufacturing Workbench for SAP ERP assists the main task of cast planning: to optimally assign the sequence and combination of molds (see picture below). A production plan has to be generated that satisfies all customer orders and exploits the capacity of the resources (foundry, furnace, cast, smelt, etc.) in the most optimal way.
Groups of molds are sequenced; each mold consists of several sections. How many sections will be used and which sections the mold will fit is determined in advance. To generate an optimal production plan, the solution uses a linear optimization algorithm to minimize overproduction.