Manufacturers are always eager to balance efficiency, reputation, and the many other factors that affect overall business performance. Everyone agrees that performance improvement in manufacturing operations is one powerful tool companies leverage to achieve their strategic business objectives. Even when there’s a status quo in market conditions, regulatory requirements, and other factors, nearly every manufacturing enterprise is doing something to improve manufacturing performance. When something happens to disrupt circumstances — whether it affects just your business, many companies, or an entire group — there’s no doubt you’ll respond to your company’s best advantage. But will you also use the experience to uncover “the hidden factory,” and discover new ways to create capacity without adding equipment?
Production scheduling in manufacturing is complex; it’s difficult to produce a production schedule that is both achievable and meets business requirements. Have you ever been part of an organization where the production planner’s life seems like groundhog day?…Every day, that person adjusts and re-issues the master production schedule? If so, you probably saw lots of frustration and people continually scrambling — not just the shop floor and other internal operations teams, but also suppliers and customers. Operations has to readjust crew and equipment plans, suppliers have to rush orders, and customers often receive less than what they need. Many organizations look squarely at the production planner to fix the issue. The reality is that production scheduling isn’t just about production planning software; a cross-functional approach is required for success.
- May 28, 2020 / by Pat Hatem
A lot of companies wonder why the production schedule gets off track, and why there’s so much angst between production planners and shop floor people. “This production schedule is ridiculous! We just ran that last week! What are they thinking in the office — do they even have a clue?” Those are statements I've heard more times than I'd like to admit, and it's tough to hear. People with these (and similar) comments are clearly frustrated and fatigued by the situation; they are simply tired of it! Fortunately, there are lots of ways a manufacturer can create alignment and balance between shop floor staff and production planners.
- May 12, 2020 / by Pat Hatem
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