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Sep 11, 2016 7:17:08 AM

Managing Expiration and Shelf Life Dates

Topics: capacity planning, production planning, finite capacity, users, project management, APS, capacity, Brewery, bottlenecks, constraint, resource, beer brewing, ingredients, expired, fresh

No one wants to buy food that is going to expire before they have time to consume it. No distributer wants to buy food that’s going to expire before they have time to sell it. Similarly, no manufacturer can use or sell inventory that is out of specification due to aging. That is why many food manufacturers have both a shelf life date and an expiration date which must be managed carefully during inventory and production planning. Unfortunately, keeping track of expiration date and shelf lives of intermediates and finished products is complicated, especially in a dynamic environment with frequent schedule changes.

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Sep 7, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Dealing with Ingredients, On and Off Season

Topics: capacity planning, production planning, finite capacity, users, project management, APS, capacity, Brewery, bottlenecks, constraint, resource, beer brewing, ingredients, expired, fresh

Each season brings its own harvest. Summer is filled with strawberries, blueberries, and avocados. Fall brings pumpkins and sweet potatoes. Spring has rhubarb and asparagus. While, many fruits and vegetables are available year round, their increased price often makes them cost prohibitive. Other ingredients, such as certain fish and meats, are completely unavailable.

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Sep 7, 2016 8:24:00 AM

Outsourcing Jobs with PlanetTogether

Topics: capacity planning, production planning, finite capacity, users, project management, APS, capacity, Brewery, bottlenecks, constraint, resource, beer brewing, ingredients, expired, fresh

There is a common phrase “no one is superman”. Well, neither is any manufacturing company – they all have limited capacity. There are two main reasons why manufacturing companies outsource jobs. The first is when a job’s requirements surpass the plant’s capability. Other times, demand peaks beyond capacity requiring excess work to be outsourced to a contract manufacturer.

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Sep 5, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Beer- Fresher than ever before

Topics: capacity planning, production planning, finite capacity, users, project management, APS, capacity, Brewery, bottlenecks, constraint, resource, beer brewing, expired, fresh

It’s no secret that supermarkets hide the freshest food underneath or behind older food. That is why it is not uncommon to see people reaching around 10 gallons of milk in a supermarket refrigerator to grab the milk in the very back.

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