Finite scheduling software involves making trade-offs about the manufacturing requirements in an executable realistic sequence of jobs. It goes beyond the ERP material plan and gives you a process that takes into account the actual constraints of your production environment such as machine capability, tool availability, labor shifts and potentially other necessary assets and resources to optimize the manufacturing production runs. This can help improve customer on time delivery, while minimizing nonproductive time like set-ups and changeover. It can reduce you WIP work-in-process inventory through timely shop order release while increasing shop floor throughput.
What-if or scenario modeling allows a scheduling person to be creative with minimizing material levels and improving optimization rules. As the APS evaluates the different and/or competing resource demands like additional labor on weekend shifts for specific work areas while greatly improving on time delivery when demand volume is high because of increased sales or seasonal shifts.
And with automatic feature, you can turn on an automated scenario analysis process that runs unattended to help create unlimited scenarios
Easily schedule new orders automatically or with a drag-and-drop to insert jobs with the safeguard through some basic Key Performance Indictors KPI’s and not allowing existing on time orders late.
And unlike some scheduling systems that allow multiple moves without reevaluating all jobs in the schedule, there is immediate feedback without “fixing the schedule” and an Impact Analysis that can see the effects and allow you “undo” the results.
See your sales order on the scheduling board as it connects to finished goods orders and operations to allow customer service to be included in the scheduling process. And from these connections you can also see all the supply orders and raw materials used from various inventory locations with lot tracking.
- Create Scenarios in a “sandbox” environment.
- Turn on the automatic feature and produce multiply alternative schedules
- Compare the best alternative with the help of graphical easy to read KPI analytics
- Use alternate resources,
- Split work across machines,
- Adjust shifts and lock sequence or anchor it in time then
- Publish the schedule to the factory floor for compliance