Industry Week Webinar: Why Current Production Scheduling Tools Aren’t Helping You Deliver On-Time – and How to Fix It
An On-Demand IndustryWeek-hosted webinar, sponsored by LillyWorks Protected Flow Manufacturing

This webinar is available on-demand, simply register to view video (Length: 60 min).

Originally Broadcast: Thursday, August 9, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. EDT

Description:  Tremendous strides have been made over the last 50 years in Production Scheduling. Once an extremely manual and time-consuming process, most of today’s ERP software packages have automated scheduling embedded and/or Advanced Planning and Scheduling tools available to bolt on to them. Unfortunately, however, in spite of the tremendous amount of functionality, companies continue to struggle to deliver orders to their customers on-time. And in many cases, after making valiant, but unsuccessful efforts to “go-live” with production scheduling software, companies revert to scheduling the shop floor using whiteboards and spreadsheets – an extremely manual and time-consuming process.

Why is this? We will explore the underlying causes of the failure of modern production scheduling tools to make significant sustainable improvement to on-time delivery or the reduction of lead-times in Manufacturing companies today. And then we will propose a simplified but effective alternative approach that combines several concepts from Manufacturing performance improvement philosophies.

You will learn:

  • How to be confident you’re always working on the right job at the right time.
  • What the key factor is that prevents you from trusting Scheduling software.
  • How to comfortably accept and manage “Rush” jobs.
  • Why there is a disconnect between the “Dispatch List” produced by Scheduling programs, and the true priorities on the Shop Floor.
  • How to easily deal with customer sales order date pull-ins (and push-outs) without having to run MRP or a scheduling program.
  • How to quickly and comfortably lower WIP, speed flow, reduce lead-times and raise your On-time Delivery Performance into the 90’s.

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“Having PFM just when orders began to pour in is proving to be very valuable. We can now see the load against all resources going forward into the future and most importantly see which ones are likely to be bottlenecks and which orders are unlikely to be delivered on time. Graphicast is now experiencing a very dynamic environment and we are determined not to be swamped by sudden success. We now know when each production order is likely to finish and let our customers know accordingly. If we must add additional capacity, we’re confident that doing so will improve on time delivery and throughput. Now we understand and see clearly what will happen to all deliveries by accepting that extra order.”

Val Zanchuk, President, Graphicast Inc.



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