This year, we as NETRONIC and I personally attended both NAV Directions in USA (San Diego) and EMEA (Poznan). The purpose of our attendance was both learning (by visiting the sessions and networking with many NAV community members) and channel enablement (by meeting existing and potentially new partners for our visual scheduling add-ins). Returning from the Poznan event, I asked myself: "what did I learn at NAV Directions and how does this impact the business of my company?". This blog post shares these thoughts with you.
When it comes to production planning, graphical planning tables provide valuable assistance as to visualizing complex contexts and bringing transparency to production planning data.
What are the "basic functions" a graphic planning table for use in manufacturing companies needs to offer to convey meaningful information and support the decision maker and production planner in the best possible way?
In this blog post, which is post #1 of a series of three, I discuss three key features that a visual planning table should have.
Modern manufacturing companies must manage, coordinate, and synchronize numerous activities to perform operations successfully in today’s competitive global marketplace. The scheduling challenges that they face make it extremely difficult for even advanced algorithmic based systems to actually meet and solve every situation that can affect the throughput rates, supply chain maintenance, and quality control procedures which are required for ideal efficiency and maximum profitability.
Gantt chart software is commonly used to visualize production, project, personnell, logistics or resources information. One of the key values is that it provides a quick and intuitive overview of time-related planning and scheduling data that have dependencies. As such users can quickly identify scheduling issues. We call this the information value. The other key value of a proper Gantt chart software comes from the fact that it enables interactive drag & drop changes to the schedule. This allows the user to quickly take corrective actions, and not only analyze the data, but change it. This generates an agility value. This blog post discusses some fundamental concepts how to improve the drag & drop user experience when working with a Gantt diagram.
To remain profitable and ensure company sustainability despite constant fluctuations in today’s global marketplace, discrete manufacturers and distributors must constantly strive to improve efficiency in every area of operation, applying lean strategies through the introduction of innovative procedural tools.
Yet production and logistic administrators understand that even the most advanced ERP, MES, MRP or APS systems lack the ability to prevent the occasional supply chain snafu, and resist short term changes to algorithmic scheduling that are sometimes necessary to achieve precision performance.
Developing graphical scheduling applications can be overwhelming if you don‘t know where to begin. There are many facets with a significant influence on the user experience and on the information value of your application. Use this checklist to ask yourself the right questions before you develop a Gantt chart application.
There is no doubt: we love and live Gantt charts. Our Gantt chart control VARCHART XGantt has been providing consistent value to .NET, ActiveX and ASP.NET scheduling application developers for more than 20 years. When working on the next version of such an established product, many companies tend to "just" add features and functions here and there. With our new version of VARCHART XGantt, we aimed at doing differently. We tried to look at the Gantt chart from a distance, and asked us what new characteristic we should add to it to actually get the potential of inspiring its users. We found an answer ... and call it VARCHART XGantt 5.
Different spices not only have different tastes, but sometimes even more important: they play different roles for the meal. Some of them never get recognized when you eat the meal. However, you would definitively “miss something” if they would not be used. Other sorts of spices are very dominant for the meal and you immediately taste them with the first bite … or even smell them when the meal is served. Also, there are spices which are not that dominant, but still round up the taste experience.
Well, similar like spices can play a hidden, a dominant or a complementary role, there are also different functions that colors can take if you develop a Gantt chart in .NET or C#.