8 Compelling Reasons for Visual Production Scheduling

Posted by Martin Karlowitsch on Feb 24, 2014 12:15:02 PM

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.

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Gantt Best Practice| Production Scheduling: Visualize Tasks With Short Duration

Posted by Martin Karlowitsch on Aug 6, 2013 6:24:00 PM

Especially when production scheduling is concerned, Gantt charts are a proven tool to manage resources with time-related tasks as efficiently as possible. In many production environment, these tasks tend to have only short processing times so that the Gantt chart has to visualize many of them one after another – showing as much details as possible. At the same time, the planner needs a high-level overview of the manufacturing process. In other words: a proper balance between detail and abstraction has to be found and since the bars lack space to provide task information, meeting these demands by a Gantt chart is tricky.

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