MangoGem ORITAMES APS Scheduler v2.5

New version adds extended AI capabilities for improved planning and scheduling optimization

MangoGem S.A., a provider of intelligent software solutions for challenging enterprise problems, has launched Version 2.5 of its ORITAMES Advanced Planning and Scheduling system. The ORITAMES APS Scheduler v2.5 incorporates autonomous Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities for improved planning and schedule optimization as well as improved modeling of sequence dependent setups, batching, and time constraints, making it suited to large, real-life problems taking into account the complex constraints of real cases.


ORITAMES APS Scheduler v2.5 screenshots showing examples of non-optimized (top) and optimized (bottom) set-up and production schedules

“The ORITAMES APS Scheduler v2.5 uses AI-assisted autonomous machine learning to explore optimization scenarios better than traditional approaches, combining the best of machine computing power and human know-how to facilitate better planning and scheduling,” said Ben Rodriguez, Chief Technology Officer of MangoGem.

With solver heuristics notoriously difficult to fine tune, the ORITAMES APS Scheduler v2.5 discovers which settings work best, checks validity, and detects trends in data to improve ramp-up and adoption. It can also discover the most promising improvement scenarios and propose them as potential solutions to human planners. The software combines several AI-assisted machine learning meta-heuristics, including Genetic Algorithms (GA), Taboo Search (TS), Simulated Annealing (SA), and Swarm Intelligence (SI). The use of AI-assisted autonomous machine learning also eases the integration and reduces the cost of implementation of the ORITAMES APS Scheduler v2.5 within overall supply chain management (SCM) strategies by making modeling easier, improving data quality, and decreasing dependency on human expertise.

ORITAMES APS Scheduler v2.5 is a multi-resource scheduler capable of handling multiple instances of equipment, people, consumables, tools, locations, etc. It can also combine several resources together and any activity can have multiple modes to closely model reality. In addition, the software supports the selection of multiple objectives and multiple criteria, such as makespan, deadline satisfaction, cost reduction, Just-in-Time, throughput, resource utilization, or consumables usage, combining several key performance indicators (KPIs) together, producing optimal schedules, and analyzing objective trade-offs and “what if” scenarios without effort.

ORITAMES APS Scheduler v2.5 is platform-agnostic, running on MS Windows, Mac OS, and a variety of UNIX and Linux platforms. It can be used as a stand-alone application or easily integrated with other Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) tools. It can be used offline, online, and in real-time and its parallel, multi-threaded solvers ensure that v2.5 creates optimal scheduling solutions fast.

ORITAMES APS Scheduler v2.5 is suited to a wide variety of industries, organizations, and applications, including discrete manufacturing (e.g., metal, glass, furniture, electronics, quarries, food processing), construction and infrastructure projects, logistics and transportation, equipment and property maintenance, engineering projects, and service organizations (e.g., schools, hospitals). Flexible modeling capabilities and business rules scripting extensions make it easily adaptable to many applications without the need for heavy customized programming.

“The AI-assisted disruptive technology delivered in ORITAMES APS Scheduler v2.5 is capable of solving many of the operational performance challenges of Industry 4.0,” concluded Rodriguez. “It uses AI-assisted autonomous machine learning techniques with multiple solvers and heuristics and, depending on an analysis of the case at hand, will apply many methods to find the one that produces the best results.”