by June 1, 2011 0 comments

The Problem: The company’s ERP system was reaching its limits in terms of helping the company control costs, maximize resource utilization, and maintain customer service. An ERP take orders for products, break them into components and calculate when to start making them based on individual lead times. It would then simultaneously calculate launch time for various batches and order materials. But if there’s a delay in production upstream, then the materials used to get ordered too early. There was no concept of bottleneck available to the planning system.

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The Solution: The company deployed a capacity planning and scheduling solution, which has been developed and customized to help the planner manipulate the schedule and mange the facility to meet business objectives.

The Result: The system’s user interface can show order status in a variety of ways. This provides the planner with a complete picture of demand, capacity, resource usage and operation sequence, as well as the expected completion time for each operation in a Gantt chart. With this solution the company has the ability to forecast the load on each machine, and thus predict production lead times.

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