APS for the Aftermarket

Avexus, RSS partner to bring advanced planning and scheduling functionality to aftermarket services customers

San Diego  November 7, 2002  Avexus, a provider of software for the management and performance of aftermarket services operations, has entered into an agreement with RSS Solutions, a provider of advanced planning, scheduling and production management software, to offer RSS' Resource Scheduling System (RSS) as a value-added advanced planning and scheduling (APS) option for its Impresa aftermarket software solution.

Offered as a standalone solution or for use in conjunction with Impresa's aftermarket management capabilities, the private-label version of RSS will enable original equipment manufacturers and third-party aftermarket organizations to develop and support lean maintenance practices by improving the predictability and profitability of service operations, Avexus said.

Using RSS, aftermarket service providers can model shop layout and activity at a micro level using a graphical user interface with drag-and-drop operation. The provider said this "virtual shop floor" view allows users to monitor and optimize a service organization by exposing wasteful practices.

Additionally, RSS' advanced planning and scheduling technology can factor ongoing improvement initiatives into the maintenance schedule and predict the next area of focus for improvement and waste reduction.

According to the solution providers, the potential benefits from using RSS include reduced costs through better management of resources, inventory and equipment on the shop floor; improved ability to meet customer commitments by offering more predictable delivery dates for serviced items; and increased revenues through the use of more sophisticated planning to increase the capacity to take on more services work.

Michael Cox, president of RSS Solutions, said the partnership gave his company an important market entry into the aftermarket services sector.

RSS Solutions is headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario. Avexus is headquartered in San Diego.