Production Planning and Manufacturing with Efficiency
Within a manufacturing company there is a constant back and forth in the numbers of product demands, available resources and staffing requirements for each project.
Managing all of the different areas that exist within a production line is a time consuming and sometimes a very tricky process. From the minute the sales order has been placed, the requested products need to be scheduled for production. There are many factors that influence the production process and perfect planning must be implemented to ensure that the goal for every week will be reached. Proper planning is what avoids the whole manufacturing process from bottlenecking and as a result affecting other parts of the company, for example, losing loyal clients, a rise in production costs due to overtime, more employees required, or extra machinery needed.
How does traditional production scheduling work?
Production scheduling has the ultimate goal of balancing clients’ needs and expectations with the available resources, while keeping production costs at the lowest possible amount. The production schedule should be adjusted on a regular basis with regards to the available resources, sales orders and production time of each sales order. The traditional method of production scheduling is a long process which starts with waiting for the sales department to hand over the sales orders with the due dates to the scheduling manager, after which the orders are then manually imported to a spreadsheet and scheduled according to urgency, thereafter resource availability is checked and ordered if necessary. Production time must then be taken into account to see if the project will be completed in time for the order due date. This is usually where constraints become visible and certain techniques and strategies are then put in place to avoid the production pipeline from bottlenecking and holding up the process. The skilful art of scheduling is done by trained employees who are logical and strategic thinkers.
Keeping the aforementioned in consideration, its safe to say that the traditional method of production scheduling can be inconsistent. There is so much room for risks, miscommunication and it is ultimately an unnecessarily delayed process. In order for a company to grow and reach its full potential of efficiency, all possible constraints must be eliminated before they occur. Prevention is much easier than the cure. With technology rapidly increasing it seems obtuse to not utilise all the possibilities the new age has to offer in order to up the efficiency of the manufacturing process and planning thereof.
It seems salient to be able to instantly have all the data of the whole production process at your availability at all times. To have sales orders automatically schedule tasks for the person responsible for the production and skipping the process of manually importing each sales order to a spreadsheet and arranging them by urgency. It is becoming essential to have software that automatically creates a task to tell you when your raw materials and stock needs to be ordered when it has gone below a certain quantity. Software that is shaped specifically for your company needs. All this making the scheduling process much more efficient and less time consuming for the skilled production scheduler, and improve the over all collaboration between all departments of a company.
If this is what your company needs request a demo today and see how Paradigm Software and Hosting can help you with production planning to manufacture with efficiency.
USING PARADIGM WHILE WORKING AT POUCH SAVED ME LOTS OF SCHEDULING HOURS, INFORMATION WAS AT MY FINGERTIPS. I COULD FOCUS ON FINISHING OTHER MORE IMPORTANT TASKS. BOTTLENECKS AND LINE MAINTENANCE BECAME MUCH MORE MANAGEABLE.