How to Successfully Implement a Production Scheduling Software

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Flickr ©Scott

Every software implementation needs thorough preparation and planning to ensure success. Over the past years, Asprova has had its fair share of success and failures in the implementation of its Production Scheduling software. Based on actual experiences from our customers, here are important points to take note to be able to successfully implement a Production Scheduling software:

Set clear and in between ideal and realistic goals. To define these goals, understand first why your company needs a Production Scheduling software. Create a project plan that clearly articulates business requirements. Analyze the requirements and ensure to set goals in between realistic and ideal – be able to separate wish lists from the attainable ones. Lastly, goals have to be set with great focus on the company’s bottom line – PROFIT. For example:

1. Be able to answer quickly and accurately → Aiming at the increase of customer satisfaction and sales

2. Reduce inventory → Aiming at cutting costs

3. Shorten production lead time → Aiming at improving agility to respond to customer needs as well as cutting costs

• Build a prototype. Before implementation, it is recommended that a prototype be built first to be able to completely examine the functions of the system. This will help you decide whether the functions of the system will work for you or not.

• Keep additional software development to an absolute minimum. Too much customization may derail your implementation due to time constraints, possible bugs and uncontrollable costs. Take the opportunity to evaluate your processes first. Then, try to solve using the standard functions of the system.Taking into consideration all these important factors will help your company in successfully implementing a Production Scheduling software and in achieving your end goal of hitting profit plans.

Are you planning to implement a Production Scheduler in your factory? If so, we strongly recommend that you download the free trial version of Asprova and watch our e-Learning videos.

 

 

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How to Address the Top Problems in the Manufacturing Industry

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A customer orders 100,000 pieces of apparel. Manufacturer promises to deliver 2 months from the date of order. Due to challenges in the line, the request was not delivered on-time. The customer lost a week’s worth of profit and so does the manufacturer.

One of the most common problems in the manufacturing industry is the lack of ability to quickly calculate and provide an accurate Available-To-Promise (ATP) quantity and delivery dates. ATP is the ability to project quantity and commit delivery dates based on availability of resources. It is essential for a manufacturing company to know its available resources first before committing quantities and dates to the customer.

A manufacturer needs to know how much inventory it has to be able to commit on ordered quantity. It is critical that the company has an accurate record of inventory as any shortages may lead to delay in due dates.

When a customer places an order, the manufacturing company checks available inventory plus incoming supply and projects when to deliver the order. This information is vital as this is what the customer holds the manufacturing company accountable for. A few delays on the promised date can affect the company’s credibility and may lead to customer disappointment.

These problems are inevitable—some within the company’s control, while others are caused by external and uncontrollable factors. Any changes in orders due to material shortages, machine breakdown, and labor absenteeism can impact order availability. The key in addressing these problems is to plan within these limits also known as constrained production scheduling. Planning with all constraints considered guides the company in giving a more realistic production schedule.

One major way to deal with this is through Asprova, Japan’s No.1 production scheduling software which has been around for more than 20 years and is deployed in almost 2,000 factories worldwide. The system helps manufacturers achieve a bird’s eye view of their detailed production schedule wherein any changes can be easily taken into account. The system will aid the company in planning the right schedule at the right resource, at the right quantity and at the right time, thus driving business growth and increasing customer satisfaction.

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