Empowering Manufacturing Processes with What-if's

3/28/22 2:30 PM

Connecting the Planner Scheduler with Manufacturing is crucial for robust communication between departments. Our advanced planning and scheduling approach builds a virtual model of an organization, incorporating how each department interacts with the others, and most importantly how each department's activities affect the others.manufacturings processes, what-ifsWith a highly visual dashboard display, each piece of the complex puzzle that contributes to production efficiency, profitability, and customer satisfaction is at the Planner's fingertips.

One of the most powerful uses of our software is the ability to create alternate scenarios that clearly display the potential ripple effect on customer orders and other departments. These 'what-if' scenarios can be adjusted, without publishing them to the entire organization, until they are clear improvements to manufacturing processes. Two examples:

  1. Response to a customer change order can experiment within the virtual model and our software will identify where conflicts might develop, bottlenecks might occur, or parts inventories might be insufficient. Knowing these possible production constraints beforehand will allow the company to address them and continue to deliver products on time.
  2. Planning downtime on a machine, or in a full department, becomes just a matter of using the drag-and-drop feature of the schedule display to get an immediate full picture of the effect on other aspects of an organization.

There are also times when departments or plants will collaborate on setting up a new machine, project, or product. Our visual displays can answer questions from the team on which method to handle the concern would be best. Agreed upon KPIs can be loaded into the data model and taken into account when planning and scheduling new work. Different suppliers can be tried out, virtually, to come up with a strong plan and a sound schedule.

Empowering the manufacturing process becomes simple, even enjoyable when using the tools that PlanetTogether software brings to the party.

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Topics: Factory Scheduling, KPI, PlanetTogether, ERP, multi-plant, supply chain threats, global plants, plant simulation, ROI, software, Internet of things, manufacturing technology, production management software, Shop floor data collection, quality, Gantt Drag and Drop, technology

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