This document provides background on Theory of Constraints and Drum-Buffer-Rope Scheduling. It describes how to assess whether the DBR approach is appropriate for a company and how Galaxy DBR functions. Furthermore, it provides suggestions for implementing Galaxy’s Drum-Buffer-Rope successfully.
Enabling Technologies for Effective Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP)
by Dr. Larry Lapide, Research Director, MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics
Companies are recognizing its value in improving the tactical and operational planning to prepare the supply chain for meeting anticipated customer demand. S&OP appears to be driving supply chain benefits such as better meeting customer demand while at the same time resulting in reduced inventories and minimized supply chain operating costs. In addition, an indicator of a longer term interest in the S&OP process is the fact that, according to AMR Research, companies have spent over $12 billion in supply chain planning application software over the last 6 years. The rationale for this column is to see what kind of enabling technology is needed to support the S&OP process.
Automated Scheduling Methods
Scheduling systems strive to answer “When should this task be scheduling and what resources should accomplish the work?” The basic theories of APS scheduling, the two dynamic inputs of constrained and unconstrained planning , forward and backward methods, and rules for sequencing tasks are further elaborated for manufacturers to gain a better understanding of the APS system and scheduling process. This paper focuses on the available methods for effectively creating production plans and schedules for manufacturers to meet their business objectives.
Selecting Scheduling Software
Technological innovations have refined during the recent decades, introducing more convenient and conventional technology that shapes and enriches our daily lives at home and at work. Growing businesses today that face challenges like complex schedules as their companies and manufacturing plants are flourishing are now able use technology, such as Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) systems, to develop a comprehensive plan for their supply chain, multiplant and plant scheduling. Whether it’s establishing a schedule in one facility to multiple facilities around the world, in this white paper, we elaborate further on how Advanced Planning and Scheduling software has proved helpful for businesses to meet their goals.
Using PlanetTogether for Effective Scheduling in the Food Process Industry
The food production industry coordinates with a demanding schedule of generating under the constraints of manufacturing and distributing the appropriate amount of product with the specific amount of resources in a given amount of time for the correct customer. The benefits of implementing an effective scheduling system is beneficial in multiple levels, such as being able to identify production capacity, production rates, inventory and material handling equipment constraints, and scheduling cleanouts to ensure continuous material flow between manufacturing stages, spoilage avoidance, on-time shipping and delivery, and implementing the most efficient schedule possible for your company’s success. In this white paper, we describe more into detail about these aspects of APS solutions.
Constraints and Scheduling Algorithms
PlanetTogether is designed to model any number and type of capacity and material constraints. This allows manufacturers in a wide variety of industries to take advantage of simple and powerful optimization rules that are balanced to meet business goals. Interactive screens display information in formats that allow end-users to incorporate their own approach to planning and scheduling.
Express Material Planning
Capacity planning is often only half of the equation needed to make a realistic and accurate production schedule. Material planning is often the other half of that equation. Express Material Planning automatically generates manufacturing Jobs based on demand and supply netting. These material requirements can come from: Sales Orders, Forecasts, Transfer Orders or from other Jobs.
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