Raghu Pothuri

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management


Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Tarun Gupta

Second Advisor

Dr. Frank Wolf

Third Advisor

Dr. Richard Munsterman

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


An interface program was designed to transfer production data from MAPICS/DB, a MRP II software, to FACTOR 5.2, a Finite Capacity Scheduling software. Since FACTOR 5.2 is designed to be used in a stand-alone mode with its own independent data base, this interface program extracts data from the MRP II System and converts it to formats specified by the Scheduling System. To create a computer model of the manufacturing process, information about manufacturing orders, routings, and production facilities was obtained from MAPICS/DB files. Certain information needed by FACTOR 5.2, which is not available in MAPICS/DB, was supplemented by the program as auxiliary data. Three program modules were developed and were presented in the form of a menu to facilitate flexibility of data transfer.

There are several advantages in using this interface, which include faster what-if analysis, better management of production constraints by advance visibility of production conditions, and early preventive actions.