What Kind of Direction is Your APS Production Scheduling Providing Your Supply Chain?

  • On 10/11/2019
We examine how an APS-generated schedule can be better used to connect your supply chain to customers’ requirements to achieve improved on-time performance ERP-based Advanced planning and scheduling (APS) functionality provides manufacturers the important ability to manage material purchase orders and shop floor production orders subject to finite capacity resource constraints.  This enables a practical […]
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Trivia Question: Should You Reschedule Production Whenever Machines Go Down or Workers Call in Sick?

  • On 01/13/2019
We examine the circumstances under which production rescheduling can either be helpful or hurtful in driving on-time performance.  The answer may surprise you. I suspect that the majority of manufacturing and production control managers believe that their ERP shop floor calendars should ideally be updated whenever unplanned events occur in order to keep the production […]
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Why Having One Production Schedule is Not Enough

  • On 08/28/2018
If you’re running ERP or APS scheduling, then you must know that one production schedule will probably not meet all your business needs   If you’re running ERP or APS scheduling, then you must know that one production schedule will probably not meet all your business needs.  You can test this assertion by selecting which […]
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Production Schedule Volatility Got You Down?

  • On 07/22/2018
Manufacturers need to step back and think about what they want to achieve with a production schedule so they can take maximum advantage of their ERP system and make it more effective   Many manufacturers are all too familiar with the concept of "MRP volatility" or "system nervousness" regarding their ERP production schedule.  The root cause […]
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Six Basic Requirements for Effective Production Scheduling

  • On 04/28/2018
Many, if not most, manufacturing organizations feel that their ERP production scheduling isn't what it should be.  Some firms have chosen not to employ their system's production scheduling altogether and have instead managed to forge ahead using manual scheduling methods. There are several layers of requirements that effective ERP production scheduling must abide by.  There […]
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Deconstructing On-Time Manufacturing Performance

  • On 02/13/2018
  • production control, production scheduling
Far too often, manufacturers find themselves behind the eight ball with deadlines looming on the horizon.  Managers end up relying on overtime to complete and fulfill orders.  In some cases, production schedulers modify their shop calendars to permanently include Saturdays and Sundays as working days.  Capacity planning exercises consistently fail to identify a need for […]
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