Improve your manufacturing performance with the Master Production Plan (PDP)

Planning your production in order to anticipate the quantities produced, the state of the stock and the management of the teams is essential in industry. The Production Master Plan (PDP) is therefore the ideal tool for the short-term management of the latter.


The Production Master Plan (PDP) is an ERP feature. Also called Manufacturing Planning and Scheduling (MPS), the PDP helps manufacturers in the short-term management of their production activity. It is therefore a module mainly used in industry.


But what do we call short term? In general, manufacturers use it on a daily or weekly basis.


Its purpose is to predict variations in the stock of materials, to anticipate manufacturing and supply needs taking into account customer demand. In short, it is a real ally for industrial production management.


The production master plan, definition

We have already started to define what PDP is in the introduction. However, let me give you a little more detail.


As we mentioned, this is an indispensable ERP function for manufacturing plants. This allows them to predict:


  • The products to be produced
  • When to produce
  • How much to produce

This is interesting to avoid over-stocking which is expensive and not profitable for the company. Conversely, planning its production avoids under-stocking and therefore the lack of resources delaying the manufacturing process and therefore delivery.


The PDP is produced from the PIC, the Industrial and Commercial Plan. Indeed, it is from the data of the PIC that we can develop the PDP. But we will come back to this subject a little later 😉


What are the advantages of the Production Master Plan

PDP has many advantages. Here is a list of the main ones:


  • The PDP is a reliable indicator in the management of goods
  • PDP is simple to perform and understand
  • It provides better management of supply and storage costs
  • It allows a better estimate of the delivery time of orders
  • It makes it possible to set clear and achievable stock coverage objectives
  • The PDP allows you to optimize your workshop schedule
  • It provides a short-term vision allowing corrective and / or anticipatory actions to be carried out quickly
  • The PDP is adapted to your activity

In short, the PDP function in your ERP solution is your best ally to manage your production processes and your short-term stocks and improve customer satisfaction due to more reliable delivery times.

How to develop a PDP?

As already mentioned, the PDP can be integrated into your ERP software package. This is a feature to request when integrating the management software (or to add later if needed).


The steps to achieve it are simplified and quick thanks to the ERP. The integrator in charge of integrating your software can customize and adjust it to the activity and needs of your business.


Developing your PDP is easy, fast and intuitive with an ERP solution capable of managing this functionality.



PDP steps


The PIC (Industrial and Commercial Plan)

This acronym may not speak to you, yet it is a very practical tool for establishing your objectives in relation to your abilities. Indeed, the industrial and commercial plan is often carried out in 1 month, the PIC makes the link between your objectives (distribution, finance, sale) and your capacities (stock, production, workforce, etc.). The goal is therefore to have a long-term vision of the achievable results while knowing what will be the necessary means in production to achieve the objectives set.


The PIC is carried out before the PDP since to be carried out, the latter relies on the data of the PIC.



As said above, the PDP is carried out from the data collected with the PIC.


Indeed, it will make it possible to predict which products to manufacture and in what quantity. The goal is to avoid over-stocking, under-stocking and to make order deliveries more reliable.


The PDC (The Load Plan)

The Workload Plan resembles the Industrial and Commercial Plan since here too the goal is to link objectives and capacity. However, the PIC is carried out upstream of production and is therefore provisional. Here, the PDC is based on the results obtained (quantities produced, quantities sold, material stock capacity, delivery time, etc.) over a given period.


The aim is therefore to analyze the production process in order to anticipate the modifications necessary to carry out the production planned with the PIC.

Planning and scheduling

What to choose between planning and scheduling? This is a question that manufacturers regularly ask themselves.


As a reminder, the planning n production is the fact of programming tasks and operations taking into account the deadlines available. The goal is to produce at a lower cost and avoid over-stocking in logistics while delivering to customers on time. This requires knowing what products to manufacture, in what quantity, with what resources and in what time frame?


On the other hand, scheduling consists of strategically planning your production in relation to the production constraints of the different tasks and manufacturing orders. Here, production is controlled in real time and is constantly adapted.


So which way to choose? Well both!


Indeed, planning and scheduling are equally important and can be combined to maximize production management.


This is where ERP comes in. It is this tool that will adjust your schedule in relation to your stocks and manufacturing / delivery times. In addition, an ERP is an intelligent software capable of guiding you thanks to its decision support.


It is therefore he who will help you in the planning of your production and the overall management of the latter (stock management in logistics, deadlines, etc.).


This allows you to improve your performance, reduce your costs and increase customer satisfaction.


The production master plan in Sage X3

We have seen what was the interest of the PDP for the management of its production but what about in X3?

In Sage X3 you have a PIC-PDP module dedicated to managing and optimizing your production. This module is therefore perfect to help you manage your production from A to Z by reducing the costs generated by the latter.


With this Sage X3 module you can:


  • Defining item families
  • Have access to technical information to simulate and customize analyzes
  • Create forecast horizons with different periods or variables
  • View a sales history
  • Define provisional budgets by family
  • Allocate budgets by line item
  • Build custom dashboards

In short, Sage has developed a complete and customizable module in Sage X3 allowing you to create Production Master Plans easily, quickly and reliably in order to minimize your production costs while guaranteeing the respect of deadlines.


To conclude, working with a PDP is essential in company production management. An ERP solution such as Sage X3 allows you to generate PDPs intuitively and guarantees an improvement in your internal organization as well as a gain in efficiency over the long term.

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