Gantt Charts as a Tool for Production Planning and Control

5/15/18 12:59 AM

When it comes to operations management, production planning and control is essential in the optimization and utilization of all time and resources that go into "output" or "work." Gantt chart usage has become a staple for delineating time and resource management on a single shared timeline. The move from paper, to spreadsheets to real-time integrated Gantt screens in APS and ERP systems has revolutionized manufacturing and production planning.Gantt Charts in Production Planning and Control

Production Planning Tools

As we optimize efficiency, a production plan becomes our guideposts. Production plans are commonly illustrated as Gantt charts or Gantt screens in software. Advanced planning and scheduling systems (APS) software utilizes Gantt screens. Some have drag and drop capabilities that interface in real-time with ERP, MRP and MES systems.    


Generating a production plan and schedule that everyone can easily comprehend, interpret, and be fully aware is essential. Planning is a vital (often challenging) first step in the very complex process of tackling a production order, but also it is the basis of measuring and meeting production goals and forecasts.

Gantt charts and screen are crucial component in helping a production facilities complete mixed resource production tasks. Gantt charts are commonly used in project and production timeline and resource management where project planning and a multitude of interdependent tasks to be sequenced on one timeline. Horizontal axis bars representing timelines, duration, start-end date, and the completion times of tasks that are involved. It is the universal nature of "output" that account for why most of all industry sectors that orchestrate efficiency between the interaction of labor, equipment, and materials utilize Gantt charts for projects ranging from bridge and dam construction to food and beverage processing. 

Gantt Charts & Screens Provide Visibility

Common benefits of task interdependence visibility aid in the the reliability of:

  • On-time Delivery
  • Scheduling Precision
  • Production Plan Adherence
  • Overall Process Control
  • Cost to Produce is Lowered
  • Cost Effective/Material Planning

Effectively coordinating teams with resources, and being able to effectively manage scheduling allows operations to run closer to clockwork, which in the end, deliver the project in a timely manner with planned efficiency built-in to the "work".

Gantt Charts in APS

Advanced planning and scheduling (APS) includes the Gantt chart screens with advantages over conventional fixed-data Gantt representations. Drag and drop functionality provides a far more dynamic range of planning and real-time impact on tasks. Bottleneck response, line rerouting, and material substitution are possible in real-time, as well as "what-if" scenarios to be experimented with to test in-house theories of increased output by changing the equation with a mouse.

PlanetTogether APS separates itself in the APS industry with its Gantt scheduling interface. Instead of having to move each task individually, moving one job automatically moves the other related tasks along with it. The advantages of PlanetTogether APS eliminate the need to worry about mistakes in leaving gaps between tasks (lost time) that can occur with some APS systems. This unique ability allows for a quicker and easier scheduling process.

For more information on features within advanced planning and scheduling software, click here

Video: Drag and Drop Gantt Screen in APS

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Topics: Gantt, KPI, capacity planning, production planning, project management, APS, supply chain, control design, scheduling, JIT, resource, MRP, changeover, sequencing, planner, enterprise resource planning, integration


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