Case Study Argentis Consulting

Visualizing Production Order Data with VARCHART XGantt Integrated In SAP Business One Solution

Our Customer

“By using NETRONIC’s XGantt easy-to-use and powerful control for visualizing order data in the Manufacturing Scheduler of our SAP® Business One Solution “Apparel and Footwear” our planning application has become still more visual and flexible. Users get a wide variety of options to analyze and react to ‘what-if’ scenarios, Capacity Management, Critical Path and materials all in a single, coordinated system.”

Applied Product

VARCHART XGantt
Gantt chart software to develop .NET Gantt charts for production planning & scheduling, project management plans, intuitive capacity plans and mor...

How Argentis Creates Interactive Gantt Charts in SAP® Business One Solution “Apparel and Footwear”

Argentis Consulting with headquarter in Miami, USA and offices in Argentina, Puerto Rico, and Spain develops, distributes and supports recognized certified solutions for SAP® Business One. As an SAP® Software Service Provider Partner with Gold Status, they are committed to achieve successful projects in partnership with SAP®resellers with a focus on providing a vertical solution for garment manufacturers.

Key Issues of Garment Manufacturing

The complex task of garment manufacturing includes mastering capacity and material requirements while keeping delivery time commitments. In order to achieve this, typically two different production tactics are applied which have to get supported by any production planning software: :

  1. A production order can be splitted up into a set of jobs which are then assigned to multiple machines that run in parallel .
  2. All customer orders are accepted and the available capacity is adapted accordingly, basically by flexibly working with subcontractors..

The Solution

The PLM-ERP solution Apparel & Footwear for SAP® Business One is designed for small to midsize apparel manufacturers of the industries Accessories, Apparel, and Footwear. By integrating and automating critical business processes the solution provides the users with real-time access to their company’s data with familiar tools and reports. The solution not only offers a complete view of a company’s business, it also allows small fashion and retail companies to better manage their business.

Product Data Management

In the Product Management application, the customer can manage product-related data across the company processes. 

Production Schedule

Once styles have been created with technical sheets and bill of material, orders are added to the planning wizard, usually segmented by department or season.

Order Data are Visualized with NETRONIC’s VARCHART XGantt

Time-related and resource-oriented planning implies to visualize data in the form of charts, which allows to keep data in check in a comfortable way and to intervene if required. Argentis decided for the VARCHART XGantt .NET component to graphically visualize the production planning processes of its solution for SAP® Business One.

A Gantt chart visualizes the machine utilization, the progress of orders, the availability of employees and much more to plan, control and optimize the production. Gantt charts let the planner react interactively and quickly to deviations from the initial plan. Thus resources are utilized to full capacity and processes are speeded up.

It’s all about Delivery Dates

When it comes to detailed planning, order times, lead times, transition periods, capacity allocations, and availability of resources are critical parameters in the value creation process.

By using a Gantt chart that is realized with VARCHART XGantt .NET to graphically visualize and compare all tasks with the required resources, Argentis Consulting achieves a high level of transparency so that the user can easily grasp where and how intervention is required.

The Gantt chart view can be opened by clicking the corresponding option in the Manufacturing Order sheet that is based on the planning wizard’s data

The below screenshots show a highly descriptive and flexible chart, allowing the planner to schedule interactively by drag and drop, thus letting him simulate different planning strategies. Delivery dates and customer information can be easily drilled down. 

Two Different Views

The Gantt chart comes with two views, the Order View and the Resource View so that the order data can be assessed from different perspectives thus providing a better basis for decision-making.

The Order View

In garment manufacturing, the term SAM (Standard Allowance Minute) - widely used by industrial engineers and production people in the garment manufacturing industry -plays an important role for the estimation of cost of making a garment. It denotes the time requirement to manufacture a garment and it could be segmented by operations (cuttting, sewing, packing, QA, etc.).

As the SAM value is crucial for the manufacturing process, the planner should keep a close eye on it. The Order View is the ideal tool for this as it not only lists the the production orders categorized by their status in the table area but in the diagram area displays a summary bar for the total manufacturing time needed for the according order. A yellow triangle indicates the customer delivery date which is a vital item in garment manufacturing as well. If the date is not kept, the customer will run late for the season.

By clicking on + the order can be expanded so that its related tasks will be revealed, sorted in ascending numerical order, the corresponding bars clearly illustrating the needed time for the single tasks.

Pointing the mouse cursor to a bar in the Gantt area will display a tooltip with a product photo and the task details.

The tasks can be moved horizontally by drag & drop to either bring them forward in time or to postpone them.

Bright blue bars indicate orders that have been assigned to an external shop.

The Resource View

The Resource view gives a clear overview of the resources and their workloads i.e. the departments with their corresponding machines/employees (internal or external) performing manufacturing operations (if expanded).

In the Resource view orders can be re-allocated while keeping the order delivery date.

Histograms to Show Resource Capacities and Bottlenecks

Histograms offer support for the planner’s decisions by instantly indicating capacity bottlenecks: A histogram below the Gantt chart displays the workload of the corresponding resource: The sections highlighted in red indicate a capacity problem that ought to be solved by rescheduling.

Links Provide Even More Clarity

If the Activities Dependency option is ticked, links between the tasks are displayed as well. Links can be created, modified or deleted interactively in the Gantt chart. Clear-cut and unambigous links between tasks help to recognize dependencies. Different link types between the layers/bars allow to highlight them.

“By using NETRONIC’s XGantt easy-to-use and powerful control for visualizing order data in the Manufacturing Scheduler of our SAP® Business One Solution “Apparel and Footwear” our planning application has become still more visual and flexible. Users get a wide variety of options to analyze and react to ‘what-if’ scenarios, Capacity Management, Critical Path and materials all in a single, coordinated system”, says Lucas Ritondale, Product Manager with Argentis.