Production planning

BETTER THAN THE ERP-SYSTEM

How do companies plan the production process in such a way that products are completed on time, machine capacity is put to optimum use and neither too little nor too much is expected of the personnel?

This question and a number of others occupy production managers all the time. An answer is usually provided by the ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system, which plans the production procedures from A to Z.

However, in spite of this software-assisted planning, there are options for optimization in many places. For example, short stops repeatedly occur in individual working processes or large warehouse stocks because procedures do not interlock completely. Short delays in deliveries from the warehouse can lead to disruptions throughout the entire production chain.

When production is planned manually, the employees are faced with a complex task every day. Even if there are not many orders and machines, there are millions of options for drawing up an optimum production schedule while taking lateral dependencies into account. In spite of the great experience of the planners, potential for improvement usually only becomes visible when optimization-assisted planning is used.

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This is why, for production processes, ORCONOMY develops advanced planning and scheduling solutions based on Operations Research, a scientific approach to optimization. The software does not replace the ERP system – it expands it by adding additional functions. The result is an improved production process, for example through the more balanced use of resources. You are also in a position to make more reliable statements on the completion deadlines of the products.

The advantage for companies: You are one step ahead of the competition because you additionally optimize your standard production planning software and with it your entire production. This not only saves time and effort in day-to-day work procedures but reduces costs too.

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In most cases, the investment costs for an optimization project of this kind are recovered after a maximum of 12 months – often even sooner.

For details on the precision with which ORCONOMY proceeds in a project and the science on which our optimization methods are based, go to: > Procedure and > Technology.