Solving the puzzle is a complex trial-and-error process
Production planning and scheduling is one of the most challenging tasks for manufacturers. Customer orders come in with the highest priority, machines are down for maintenance, the delivery of materials is delayed, staff take holidays, molds break, and bottlenecks in the production process are just a everyday reality.
All those factors, coupled with the pressure of achieving a 100% utilization rate in production, make the day-to-day job of planners very complex. Not to forget that production schedules need constant adjusting, as the conditions are ever changing.
Planners typically have a lot of practical experience with the specifics of the production process, and in-depth knowledge of a company’s product mix. But their planning is often bogged down by a myriad of spreadsheets, working with wall-mounted planning boards or even pen and paper. This makes scheduling very time-consuming, and solving the production schedule puzzle a trial-and-error process.
There is always a good reason for adjusting the plan
Effective planning and scheduling are crucial for manufacturing companies to maximize productivity. Without a well-designed plan and schedule, manufacturers may encounter a range of issues, such as missed delivery deadlines, underutilized assets & resources, excess inventory, and reduced profitability.
By planning production in advance and scheduling tasks based on capacity and availability, manufacturers can avoid overloading machines or employees, minimize downtime, and ensure that all resources are utilized effectively. This helps to reduce costs and increase overall efficiency.
Drafting a well-designed pan is not a simple task however. Planners should not only deal with hard production constraints and requirements, but also have to deal with a myriad of information coming from different stakeholders while serving often conflicting objectives.
Moreover, planners should respond quickly to changes in customer orders, unexpected disruptions, and supply chain issues, making it a very tough environment to work in.
Keep the flow going with mathematical optimization
We have the solution to labor-intensive and manual information gathering: Checkmate. It is a framework to facilitate the integration of all planning constraints in a single system. We can integrate it with your ERP or MES system, or provide functionality to upload unstructured information to the system.
All challenging pieces of the puzzle – bottlenecks, physical limitations of production lines and equipment, required resources for product mix configurations, etc. – can be managed in one easy-to-use web application.
Know what to make, when and where, and minimize total production costs. We use mathematical optimization technology to solve this planning challenge and generate a production schedule proposition for all planned orders, taking all constraints into account.
A digital planning dashboard shows the production schedule. Planners and operators can make last minute adjustments to the prioritization of orders and monitor the impact on the overall production plan in real time.
The benefits of AI-driven production planning & scheduling
Greater planning agility
Higher capacity utilization
Lower operating costs
Quicker reactions and real-time insights
Increased productivity for planners
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The Grain success stories
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