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 …

IndustryWeek webinar: Why Current Production Scheduling Tools Aren’t Helping You Deliver On-Time – and How to Fix It

IndustryWeek webinar: Why Current Production Scheduling Tools Aren’t Helping You Deliver On-Time – and How to Fix It

Graphicast Accelerates Throughput, Shortens Lead Times and Expedites More Orders Using Protected Flow Manufacturing™

Graphicast, Inc. is a leading industrial manufacturer of high-quality zinc alloy castings.  Located in Jaffrey, New Hampshire, Graphicast offers inspiration for manufacturers who want to leverage technology to shorten lead times and better serve their customers. In 2017, Graphicast implemented Protected Flow Manufacturing™ (PFM) by LillyWorks, a software developer with 55+ years of innovation in the manufacturing industry.  According to …

Arriving On Time: Why Manufacturers Must Align their Scheduling Practices with Many Likely Scenarios

A Normal, Variable and Extreme Variability Day’s Drive The previous article (4 of 5) in this series talked about perfect execution. Our drive went 100% according to plan. Of course, we know that perfection is not the rule. For that reason, we have more to gain by considering how a normal, variable and extreme variability day’s drive might unfold. A …

Let’s Travel: The Importance of Tracking Progress on the Shop Floor

Tracking progress on the Shop Floor can help to adjust to changing production scheduling conditions as they occur in real-time. In the previous article in this series (part 3 of 5), we talked about the importance of planning. By way of example, we planned an ordinary drive to work. We then discussed the implications of our various planning scenarios for …