RSS Debuts Latest APS Solution

Version 5.0 of NaView advanced planning, scheduling and execution system offers greater operational control, visibility

Version 5.0 of NaView advanced planning, scheduling and execution system offers greater operational control, visibility

Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario — June 24, 2005 — Canadian software company RSS Solutions has released the latest version of its flagship advanced planning, scheduling and execution (APS) system, which is targeted at discrete, order-centric manufacturers with complex and customized products and processes.

RSS said that version 5.0 of its NaView APS solution was designed to help organizations better plan, predict and control their production environments. "NaView 5.0 is purpose-built for the complex manufacturing environment, as it captures how the shop floor actually works and leverages this knowledge to improve operational performance," the company said in announcing the new version.

The solution is based on an enhanced finite scheduling technique that loads jobs into available work center capacity according to their priorities and to requested due dates. NaView 5.0 can model the shop when priorities change or whenever unplanned events like machine breakdowns or rush jobs occur, according to RSS.

"NaView 5.0 integrates with the way a business actually works," says Carol Leaman, CEO of RSS Solutions. "It contains features and improved functionality that offer improved ease of use, greater operational control and visibility across the enterprise. These include unlimited user fields, a fully customizable user interface, and remote installation and upgrades."

Leaman calls NaView 5.0 "the future of APS" and says that with this release RSS Solutions is moving from being a developer of scheduling systems to a developer of a mission-critical system for manufacturing operations.

By using the J2EE platform, NaView 5.0 provides database and application server vendor-independence, RSS said. This allows companies to leverage existing IT investments and migrate to new server versions and databases with relatively little effort, resulting in a lower total cost of ownership, according to the solution provider.

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