Whether an operation needs a rest time after processing and how long this will be is an important information for the production planner and hence should be visualized in his planning table. In the daily life of manufacturing companies you can find a lot of examples for operations with rest times: After varnishing, a table top has to dry for 24 hours before it can be further worked on. In theory, visualizing rest times in the planning board is very easy: you have to create a node with two layers – the first one visualizing the operation, the second one the rest time. One of our VARCHART XGantt customers recently asked how he could visualize rest times that can also be outside working hours, if, e.g., the drying phase of the paint falls on a weekend. For this, you have to take into account the “Duration field” setting in the Edit Layer dialog for the “Wait Time” in VARCHART XGantt. Click here to learn more:
Kutterer Rus, a Russian manufacturer of components for aluminum and plastic tubes, as well as plastic packaging with in-mold labelling for the milk industry desperately needed to find a software that could keep pace with the company's steady growth.
Read in this blog post how they solved their problem with the help of the Visual Production Scheduler.
The Kenyan supplier of innovative solutions for water and energy systems, Davis and Shirtliff, desperately needed to improve their internal information exchange process to ensure keeping delivery dates as promised to their customers.
Read in this blog post how this worked out with the help of the Visual Production Scheduler.
The Swiss food supplements manufacturer, Nahrin AG, wanted to reduce the intermediate cleaning of the machines to a minimum. At the same time they need to react flexible to new orders and short delivery dates.
Read in this blog post how this worked out with the help of an individual extension of the Visual Production Scheduler.
Resource load plays a key role when it comes to order planning. Planners have to ask themselves whether a certain resource has enough capacity on a certain day to work off a task. Usually, the capacity load is visualized by a capacity curve, also called histogram, in a Gantt chart. In this blogpost I‘ll introduce two other ways of displaying capacity load: by an own resource view and by a calendar view as is known from Microsoft Outlook.
In spite of the steadily growing automation, many small companies still plan their orders manually. Ideally, they use an interactive planning board for scheduling support. In this case, the order backlog (also called order pool or stock of orders) is an important part of this planning board. We have different ways to visualize this backlog for our customers, the presentation depending on whether the orders consist of several sub orders or not, e.g. For all of you dealing with Gantt charts and manual planning I have summed up four visualization versions.
Gantt charts visualize tasks, resources or capacities along a timeline and so provide an optimum overview for planners. When designing them, one should keep in mind to directly show information that is essential for the planner so that he can quickly recognize planning conflicts and intervene. Showing too much information might jeopardize the clarity. That is why a tooltip is a good way of showing important data only if needed. What is true for Gantt charts also applies to tooltips: information has to be perceived quickly, meaning that it has to be presented in a clearly sorted and arranged way. This step-by-step guide shows users of our Gantt component VARCHART XGantt how to design a clearly arranged tooltip.
As user of and/or partner reselling our Visual Service Scheduler Gantt add-in for service planning with Dynamics NAV you probably are already familiar with its visual alerts indicating situations that might jeopardize the execution of your order according to schedule.
For some NAV users these visual alerts were not enough, however, so that several of our partners asked us for a way to implement visual signals for highlighting a resource's unavailability such as specific "downtimes", absences, and external blockades. Their wish was our command so that today I can show you how to highlight absences by individual colors and tooltips and, as a side-effect, gain better resource utilization with NAV.