Scheduling Process Assessment

January 19th, 2007 6:22 pm Category: Scheduling, Supply Chain Improvement, by: Editor

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There are many approaches to production scheduling, each relying on different business process and/or technology solutions. Manufacturers have a key decision to make at each of their production facilities: How much information technology is needed to support the scheduling process, and how could the manufacturing process be simplified to reduce the information technology requirements?

Profit Point uses a structured decision process to help determine the appropriate level of technology to support scheduling in each manufacturing environment. This assessment process considers the following factors:

-> Material flow through the stages of the manufacturing process (product routing), including alternate routings, manufacturing options, and bill of materials
-> Storage asset utilization
-> Impact of make- to-order and make-to-stock policies on production
-> Manufacturing bottlenecks and their locations (single or multiple)
->Cost of de-bottlenecking the operation
-> Information requirements to support the scheduling process
-> Information sources and bottlenecks, including refreshing of data elements
-> Scheduler (user) experience and analytic capabilities
-> Business rules for customer responsiveness and manufacturing flexibility
-> Cost of information technology solutions and their support
-> Cost of manufacturing simplification

A one day hands-on Scheduling Process Assessment incorporates the needs of the following stakeholders
-> Plant Scheduling Management
-> Plant manufacturing operations
-> Business owner (e.g. product manager)
-> Information Technology support staff

The Assessment process culminates with a specific recommendation for the most cost effective approach to support and sustain the scheduling requirements.

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