The Disconnect between Production Scheduling and Shop Floor Execution

Last week’s blog discussed how there is no such thing as an optimal production schedule; it is in fact, an impossible problem to solve even for today’s most powerful computers.  So, today’s production scheduling tools found in ERP or as bolt-on software use ‘heuristics’.  Wikipedia’s definition of heuristic or a heuristic technique is especially appropriate: “any approach to problem solving or …

Resolved to Solve Production Scheduling? (Don’t hurt yourself trying)

This is the time of the year where we spend a few minutes looking back and reviewing our performance asking ourselves what we’d like to improve most. In our personal lives, it’s typically staying with the diet, getting to the gym more, or resolving to take more time to smell the roses. What We’d Like To Improve Most In a …