Execution screen

This screen allows you to perform a number of administrative actions.

Execution screen

The status section at the top of the screen is refreshed every 5 seconds. You can disable the refreshing by clicking on the autorefresh icon.

Tasks launched in this screen are all executed asynchronously: when you hit the launch button the task is added to a job queue. A separate worker process will execute the tasks from the queue.
Note that all the actions (and more) can also be performed synchronously from the command line with the frepplectl script.

The actions that can be performed from this screen are listed below. The list can be extended with custom commands from an extension module.

Generate a plan

This option runs the frePPLe planning engine with the input data from the database. The planning results are exported back into the database.

Two main plan types can be distinguished, based on whether you want to see demand OR material, lead time and capacity problems to be shown.

  • A constrained plan respects all enabled constraints. In case of shortages the demand is planned late or short. No any material or capacity shortages are present in the plan.
  • An unconstrained plan shows material, capacity and operation problems that prevent the demand from being planned in time. The demand is always met completely and on time.

In both the constrained and unconstrained plans you can select which constraints are considered during plan creation.

A live data source allows your frePPLe plan to be 100% in sync with data in an external system. FrePPLe will read data from them before planning, and after the plan is generated frePPLe directly exports the results to them. FrePPLe also saves a copy of the data received from the external data sources in its own database for reporting.

Execution screen - Plan generation

Export a spreadsheet

This task allows you to download the complete model as a single spreadsheet file. The spreadsheet can be opened with Excel or Open Office.

A seperate sheet in the workbook is used for each selected entity.

The exported file can be imported back with the task described just below.

Execution screen - Spreadsheet export

Import a spreadsheet

This task allows you to import an Excel spreadsheet.

A seperate sheet in the workbook is used for each selected entity.

The sheet must have the right names - in English or your language. The first row in each sheet must contain the column names.

Execution screen - Spreadsheet import

Import/Export data files from folder

This task allows importing or exporting data from a set of CSV-formatted files. The purpose of this task is to help the exchange of information with other systems. The files are all placed in a folder that is configurable with the UPLOADFILEFOLDER in the djangosettings.py configuration file. The log files importfromfolder.log and exporttofolder.log record all data imports and file exports triggered in this way, in addition to any data errors identified during these tasks.

The data files to be imported must meet the following criteria:

  • The name must match the data object they store: eg demand.csv, item.csv, …
  • The first line of the file should contain the field names
  • The file should be in CSV format. The delimiter depends on the default language (configured with LANGUAGE_CODE in djangosettings.py). For english-speaking countries it’s a comma. For European countries it’s a semicolon.
  • The file should be encoded in UTF-8 (configurable with the CSV_CHARSET setting in djangosettings.py)

The export can be customized, i.e. export only the relevant data and with the a specific format (file names, dates, separators, …). The costumization is done on the frepple_exporttofolder.py statements.

statements = [
  ("export_purchaseorder.csv", "COPY (select * from purchase_order where status='proposed') TO STDOUT WITH CSV HEADER"),
  ("export_distributionorder.csv", "COPY distribution_order TO STDOUT WITH CSV HEADER"),
  ("export_manufacturingorders.csv", "COPY operationplan TO STDOUT WITH CSV HEADER")

In this option you can see a list of files present in the specified folder.

Execution screen - Import/Export data from/to folder

Web service

In the Enterprise Edition users have the option to shut down the web service which keeps the plan in memory.

Execution screen - Web service

Scenario management

This option allows a user to copy a dataset into a what-if scenario.

When the data is successfully copied, the status changes from “free” to “in use”.

When the user doesn’t need the what-if scenario any more, it can be released again.

Execution screen - what-if scenarios

Back up database

This task dumps the contents of the current database schema to a flat file.

The file is created in the log folder configured in the configuration files djangosettings.py.

Execution screen - backup

Erase the database

This will delete all data from the current scenario (except for some internal tables for users, permissions, task log, etc…).

Execution screen - erase

Load a predefined dataset in the database

A number of demo datasets are packaged with frePPLe. Using this action you can load one of those in the database.

The dataset is loaded incrementally in the database, without erasing any previous data. In most cases you’ll want to erase the data before loading any of these datasets.

You can use the dumpdata command to export a model to the appropriate format and create your own predefined datasets.

Execution screen - load a dataset

Generate time buckets

A number of output reports are displaying the plan results aggregated into time buckets. These time buckets are defined with the tables dates and bucket dates. This tasks allows you to populate these tables in an easy way.

Execution screen - generate time buckets