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Input Outpts SOP


By Anonymous - Posted on 18 February 2012

Input to SOP:

  • Statement of projected demand (marketing): this is a sales plan based on the most up to date information available from the market place.
  • Market Intelligence (marketing): Information about potential external factors that could have an impact on product or service demand from the market place.
  • Actual Sales & Booked Orders (sales): Updated information from customers regarding existing orders that have been placed.
  • Management Targets (management): These are performance targets that have been established in areas that are critical to the success of the business.
  • Indication of capabilities & capacities (manufacturing or purchasing): Information about potential capacity constraints of resources that should be considered over the planning horizon.
  • Estimation of Financial Resources Required (finance): a plan for the amt of funding reqd. to support the level of demand & supply activity over the course of the planning horizon.
  • New Product Information (Product development): Information abt. new products or product changes that will be introduced during the period covered by the sales & operations plan.
  • New Process Information (process Engineering): Information abt. new processes or process changes that will be introduced during the period covered by the sales & operations plan.

Out Puts from SOP Process:

  • Sales Plan (marketing & sales): The approved demand plan for the period covered by the sales & operations plan.
  • Production Plan (manufacturing): The approved production plan for the period covered by the sales & operations plan.
  • Inventory Plan (materials): The approved inventory plan for the period covered by the sales & operations plan.
  • Backlog Projection (Customer Service): The approved backlog plan for the period covered by the sales & operations plan.
  • Purchasing Plan (Purchasing): The approved purchasing plan for the period covered by the sales & operations plan.
  • Financial Plan (Finance): The approved finance plan for the period covered by the sales & operations plan.
  • Engineering Plan (engineering): The approved product & process plan for the period covered by the sales & operations plan.

Simulation:

Simulation is an integral part of developing a realistic analytical model. Simulation enables the planning team to create a model with different types of cost relationships. Computation & evaluation of costs are possible. Costs that may change at specific points in the production process can also be played out using simulation. It can approximate reality more closely than any other analytical methods in many situations.
Running a simulation model does not guarantee an optimum solution but it does allow team members to come close to an optimum solution & it promises a realistic view of production options.

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