10 Graphical Functions a Production Planning Table Should Offer

Posted by Ute Gillet on Dec 4, 2015 10:30:00 AM

When it comes to production planning, graphical planning tables provide valuable assistance as to visualizing complex contexts and bringing transparency to production planning data. However, developing, designing and definining a graphical planning table often is harder than many people initially expect. This blog post provides you with some functions that you should think of when starting to deveop your visual planning board.

Key Features of a Planning Table for Production Scheduling.pngIn a series of three blog posts we have already discussed 10 basic features  a  graphic planning table for use in manufacturing companies needs to offer for conveying meaningful information and support the decision maker and production planner in the best possible way.

For your convenience we have compiled these 10 key features in an ebook illustrated by vivid screenshots that can be downloaded for free. 


Checklist: 10 key features for meaningful planning boards

Just as reminder: See below a list of the 10 features that should be provided by an effective planning table serving as useful decision-making tool in production scheduling.

  1. Interactive moving of operations
    Drag and drop allows for intuitive, quick and simple planning.

  2. Visual alerts
    Use data-driven visualization and send signals to warn the planner.

  3. Histogram for displaying capacities
    Visualizing the machine load in a capacity graph ("histogram") is definitely a must have.

  4. Flexible and infinitely variable timescale
    Expand or shrink the timescale with the mousewheel and zoom stepless from a long-term overview into short-term planning.

  5. Switching between a machine and an order view
    Keep track of the delivery dates in an order view and manage the resource load in a machine view.
  6. Visualization of groups
    Summarize information according to contents.

  7. Visualization of dependencies
    Recognize and plan interlinked operations or order networks by making links visible.

  8. Individual calendar settings
    One-, two- or even multi-shift work?  Define individual calendars with different working times for each machine or resource.

  9. Automatic scheduling
    Take into account dependencies while rescheduling.

  10. Print functionality
    Print versions of planning boards are a valuable means of communication in meetings and presentations. 

Want to know more about how a Gantt chart can help simplyfying production scheduling? Our blog post Production Scheduling Challenges: How A Gantt Chart Can Contribute might give you some valuable insights!

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Topics: Visual Scheduling Fundamentals, Gantt Chart Controls