New solutions for production dilemmas
Risk-based planning and scheduling is the wave of the future
By David Sturrock
If you ask a group of plant managers to list their top problems, many will mention meeting customer commitments, or, more specifically, creating a plan or schedule and performing to that schedule. Why? You might expect that the companies still scheduling with magnetic boards or spreadsheets would have problems as complexity and volume increase. But many have made significant investments in enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and still have found them to fall short in detailed production scheduling tasks. Many of those same companies have gone on to implement advanced planning and scheduling (APS) solutions to integrate detailed production scheduling into their ERP, and they still have problems. What is missing? Why do they still not have enough forward visibility to support meeting customer delivery commitments?
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