Graphical Modeling

ICRON integrates and coordinates the strategic, tactical and operational decision-making throughout your enterprise. ICRON’s visual Supply Chain modeling tool GSAMS, with its rich set of planning objects/ingredients, forms the basis for modeling and solving the most complex Supply Chain Planning and Execution issues. GSAMS provides the user with flexibility he requires to construct web-based Planning and Execution models, whether it be for manufacturing, logistics, transportation or for services.

Fast Graphical Modeling

Once the planning requirements have been defined, it typically takes only a few days for our team to write algorithms and operate the system. The algorithms are presented as graphical flow charts which are easy to follow and whose logic is easy to understand. We are able to deliver a long and useful service life, with very low operating costs because we can implement any future system adjustments or enhancements quickly, easily and inexpensively, too.

Furthermore, use of graphical modeling eliminates the need for separate computer programmers. We ensure that the client’s business model, business rules and preferences, and understanding from Operations Research, will be carried fully into the final system.

ICRON’s Modeling Tool GSAMS

Planning and Scheduling software solutions are traditionally composed of pre-designed heuristics and it is assumed that with some configuration, these software systems will generate optimum or near-optimum solutions. But these pre-designed algorithms fail to produce optimum or near-optimum solutions. Worse, in most cases, they even fail to generate a feasible solution.

ICRON recognizes this problem and offers a new and unique framework. ICRON system does not provide pre-defined heuristics. Instead of them, it provides two main tools: A powerful scheduling engine which handles constraint management, optimization, etc. and a graphical planning/scheduling algorithm generation layer called GSAMS.

GSAMS enables ICRON Consultants/planners to easily build and test scheduling algorithms. ICRON Consultants/Planner will not require to code or write scripts for building an algorithm but rather build a scheduling algorithm by just dragging and dropping the basic processing units and defining the relations among them.

Once the planning requirements have been defined, it typically takes only a few days to write algorithms and operate the system with GSAMS. The algorithms are presented as graphical flow charts and it is easy to follow and understand the logic. This makes future system adjustment or enhancement quick, easy and cheap to achieve, delivering a long useful service life and low operating costs.

Use of graphical modeling eliminates the need for separate computer programmers and ensures that the client’s business model, business rules and preferences and understanding captured in Operations Research is fully carried into the final systems. Experience across a wide range of industries globally around the world allows deep understanding of planning problems and identification and transfer of best practices.

Basic design features of G-SAMS are as follows:

Graphical construction of scheduling algorithms: Planners build scheduling algorithms by modeling the logic of the algorithm using built-in algorithmic units and defining the relations among these units.

Easy evaluation of scheduling algorithms: Developed algorithms can be evaluated by the use of an integrated graphical environment. G-SAMS graphical algorithm modeling environment works in tight integration with a base graphical scheduling system, which enables planners to interactively view and analyze the schedules generated by the GSAMS algorithm. Build schedules are displayed on Gantt charts, which enable planners to edit the schedule by drag and drop operations. By analyzing the constructed schedules on Gantt charts, planners can differentiate the differences between evaluated algorithms effectively and choose the best one.

Easy customization of provided scheduling algorithms: Modification of the developed algorithms are crucial to reflect the particular production environment. Planner can modify the processing units of the algorithm and the relations among these units not only by adding new units and relations but also deleting unnecessary ones.

Planner extendibility of basic algorithmic units: Besides the built-in basic algorithmic units, planner can create new algorithmic units and use them like the basic units in constructing algorithms.

Creation of scheduling algorithm libraries: A generic scheduling algorithm modeling system enables the creation of algorithm libraries. These libraries may easily be shared with other planners.