There are many well-documented benefits of digital factory and paperless quality initiatives for manufacturing plants. A paperless quality system reduces costs, facilitates faster implementation of changes, provides tighter change management control, and makes quality data available for reporting and analytics systems. Ultimately, paperless quality is already a large part of the Industry 4.0 value proposition. As technology costs continue to drop, companies are prioritizing paperless quality initiatives. However, many organizations struggle to migrate from their existing system to paperless quality in manufacturing.
- June 3, 2020 / by Aaron Muhl
Does your company think of production planning and scheduling as simply a plant process to convert orders into a daily manufacturing plan? If so, it might be missing out on some of the greatest opportunities to improve on-time delivery, optimize inventories, and increase profitability. Over the years I’ve observed repeatedly how data helps companies eliminate conflicts, set priorities, and bring people together around shared objectives. The longstanding plant-supply chain balancing act is a common one among manufacturers, and for the last five years I’ve had a front-line view of how world-class companies use data to overcome plant-supply chain conflicts.
- April 30, 2020 / by Aaron Muhl
We just released a new free production schedule template for 2020 — it’s now bundled together with our free production planning software trial. You can use the all-new template as-is, or we can configure it with your operations data like job number, operation number, need-by date, work center, quantity, and minutes per unit.
- May 11, 2017 / by Aaron Muhl
Finite Capacity Scheduling is a method of production planning and scheduling that manufacturing companies use to maximize asset usage based on materials and orders on hand. Typically the most expensive, and thus the most valuable resource in your facility is your equipment. Each piece of equipment has a limited or finite capacity, and the goal is always to maximize usage of these resources.
- March 6, 2017 / by Aaron Muhl