Production Scheduling: Release the Thoroughbred in your Shop!

Manufacturing and thoroughbred race horses – what do they have in common? During a tour of the Kentucky Derby Museum a couple of years ago I learned that many of the fastest thoroughbred race horses have what are considered to be abnormally large hearts. Secretariat, the famous 1973 Triple Crown winner, who won the last of those three races in …

Protected Flow Manufacturing predicts how the shop floor will look in the future

Read the AI-Trends article about how Graphicast, a manufacturer of zinc and aluminum based alloy parts, uses predictive analytics tools from LillyWorks to learn how their shop floor will look in the future. About Protected Flow Manufacturing™ (PFM) Protected Flow Manufacturing™ (PFM) is a revolutionary new Manufacturing Execution and Planning System. Aimed specifically at the crucial area of “production execution”, …

Production Scheduling – The Danger of Prioritizing by Due Date

This is the second of four blogs on Production Scheduling and the 3 Shop Floor Fundamentals.  In the first, I described how I met a VP of Operations who, in spite of having an ERP with scheduling functionality in it, is struggling to answer these questions, which I call the 3 Shop Floor Fundamentals: What job should I work on …

Production Scheduling and the 3 Shop Floor Fundamentals

I was exhibiting recently at a national ERP user conference where the show attendees are users of several different manufacturing ERP systems.  The messaging displayed at our tradeshow booth to these attendees is basically (and I’m paraphrasing here) – “We Can Fix Your Production Scheduling Problems!”. I Just Need To Be Able To Answer 3 Simple Questions Over the course …

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 …

How Does Protected Flow Manufacturing Benefit Sales?

You probably know that Protected Flow Manufacturing (PFM) offers your manufacturing shop a better way to plan and execute on the manufacturing floor. PFM protects you against all the variables that can throw off your schedule. PFM is easy to use, simple to understand, and powerful in the results it delivers. As your shop improves its performance with PFM, your …

Manufacturers: Give Your Employees What They Want

Protected Flow Manufacturing Empowers Employees with Advanced Technology That’s Easy to Use The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has recently reported that workplace tech impacts hiring and worker retention. The survey of nearly 250 business executives, managers and consultants found that: Fifty-five percent of respondents said their company’s workplace tech factor into decisions by applicants to accept job offers – or …

BLS and PMI Reports Tight Labor Market for Growing Manufacturing Sector

Protected Flow Manufacturing Empowers Manufacturers to Do More in a Competitive Market The Bureau of Labor Statistics has just released the June employment numbers. Manufacturers should take note. Manufacturing added 37,000 jobs in July, with most of the gain in the durable goods component. Although the national unemployment rate is 3.9%, in manufacturing the unemployment rate is 3.8%. Both the …