A visual schedule is a proven technique to manage, handle and plan time-related, resource-oriented planning data with dependencies. A visual schedule highlights conflicts and keeps the user focused on the decision-relevant data. Hence it enables corrective actions in terms of drag & drop changes to the schedule, and lets the user (and not the system) stay in the scheduling driver seat. As such, a visual schedule can become a relevant addition to a standard Microsoft Dynamics NAV implementation (you can learn more about this in a previous blog post). In this blog post, I want to spend more thinking on why visual scheduling is important for Microsoft Dynamics NAV users.
When attending NAV Directions in both San Diego and Poznan, we discussed our idea of a visual schedule with many attendees: ISVs as well as resellers as well as Microsoft staff. From all these discussions we won the impression that there seems a general interest in digesting our thoughts and considerations about (a) the concept and (b) the way of how we decided to add visual planning capabilities as fully-integrated, repeatable add-ins to Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Hence, we decided to summarize these thoughts in a complementary Ebook and to discuss selected content from this Ebook in a series of blog posts, of which this is the first one.
What are the "basic functions" a graphic planning table for use in manufacturing companies need to offer to convey meaningful information and support the decision maker and production planner in the best possible way? In our previous blog post you learned about three key features: Switching views for different planning perspectives, flexible resolution of timescale and multi-level grouping visualization. Here comes blog post #2, presenting three further functions an effective production planning table should offer.
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.