We now have the ability to quickly generate optimized production plans that take into account the most up to date forecasts and order situations, while respecting the capacity and current load of the plant.”

J. Friberg, Logistics Manager

Interactive Scheduling

Interactive Gantt charts provide a clear and up-to-date view of your schedules. Planners can use simple drag-and-drop to make adjustments, knowing that the plan will always remain valid.

Interactive dashboards and reports provide detailed performance feedback for each of your production resources, order types and demand categories. And if there’s ever an issue, you can quickly drill down to find out what’s causing the problem and get it fixed.

Finite Capacity Scheduling

Production Scheduler considers finite capacity as well as material availability. As a result, your schedules are always fully optimized and ready to execute “out-of-the-box”, with little or no need for manual adjustment. This is very different from schedules created in an MRP/ERP system, where infinite capacity is assumed and a lot of additional work is required to ensure that plans are feasible and ready for release.

Multiple Scheduling Methods

Choose the scheduling method that best matches your business goals. Forward finite scheduling is great if you want to maximize resource utilization and customer service. If your focus is on minimizing stock and lead times, the TOC or JIT strategies are the better options.

Whether your schedule needs to address complex sequencing problems, specific batch sizing rules, or matching tooling and operator skills to a specific task, Production Scheduler will take care of it.

Order Priority Management

Production Scheduler automatically keeps track of your order priorities. If a high-priority customer order is dependent on a set of production orders, the customer and production orders are synchronized and given the same high priority level in the schedule. And if there’s a delay, you can easily drill down to find out what’s causing it.

Seamless Integration With Supply Chain Optimizer

Combining Production Scheduler with Supply Chain Optimizer allows you to minimize your locked planning horizon. This leaves more flexibility to meet short-term demand, without sacrificing capacity utilization and delivery performance. As soon as there is a change in the higher-level supply and demand plans that fall within the scheduling horizon, Production Scheduler will know about it. Equally, Supply Chain Optimizer is continuously informed about any updates to the production schedule.

'What-if?' Analysis

Scheduling decisions often have to be made quickly. Can we increase the quantity of this order? Material XYZ is delayed, what do we do now?

With Production Scheduler, you can run as many “what-if?” scenarios as you want. This allows you to test and evaluate the full implication of your actions before making the final decision about how to proceed.

"We now have a solution telling us how many length-meters we should produce every week for each product. The plan is always up-to-date, based on real capacity constraints, and actual material availability. Guesswork is no longer part of the equation.”

Mattias Borén, Logistics Manager

 

Production scheduler features

Drag and drop functionalityFlexible time horizons
Instant reschedulingSequence optimization to minimize set-up times
Graphical planning board to visualize the planDynamic pegging of all dependent requirements