Are you always planning in firefighting mode? How long does it take for you to update the production or inventory plan? Are you able to truly focus on your planning KPIs?
Here are some tips that will help you determine where you stand and how to bring your planning process to the next level.
Have you noticed that, for some products, you just never seem to reach your forecast accuracy objectives? Have you had to relentlessly explain to your management that you can’t do better?
Let us make your day: it’s not your fault. It really isn’t. Here, the metric is to blame.
Any supply chain or manufacturing process needs decoupling points where inventory is kept. At the decoupling points, you need to make important decisions on how much inventory to carry.
This article covers the art and the science behind computing safety stock.
We cover the theory behind the formulas, but we also describe where and why the planners interpretation comes into the picture.
Estimating the ROI / Return On Investment of any software implementation for your company is an art and a science. Check out our template spreadsheet to help and inspire you.
A lot of planning processes start out with a spreadsheet: it provides an easy, intuitive and flexible way to structure your data. Times goes on, your planning process grows, and soon enough you end up with an Excel that hurts to look at.
The terms planning and scheduling are often used interchangeably, but they actually refer to very distinct business processes. The planning process creates a midterm tactical plan, with the purpose of organizing material and capacity timely for the upcoming demand. The scheduling process creates a detailed short term execution plan for individual machines, operators, and materials, taking all constraints into account.
Many ERP systems claim to have integrated planning capabilities. More often than not, they provide only the most basic functionalities, which don't meet the needs of your planners. Result: Your production planners run their process in Excel spreadsheets. Sounds familiar?
When you implement a tool like frePPLe in your company, there are various aspects you need to take into account: budget, timeline, requirements, features, integration with your current system, and learning curve. Here is the detailed timeline of a typical project with frePPLe.
Many ERP vendors claim they have integrated planning capabilities. But why are so many of their customers using Excel spreadsheets or a dedicated planning tool in parallel with the ERP ? Is your ERP really the right tool for your planning ?
What are backward and forward scheduling techniques? How do you choose one over the other and what is the impact on your daily production schedule? Which one works better?
Machine changeover times can have a significant impact on the efficiency and cost of your production. Correctly optimizing your production schedule accordingly is an important objective.