10 ways smart job scheduling boosts manufacturing

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Global Shop Solutions Director of Marketing Adam Grabowski explains how ERP software can automate shop floor tasks.

August 30, 2021

1) Gives job status in real time

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) scheduling shows the status of any job, including where it’s been, where it’s now, where it’s going, and if it’s on schedule.

2) Determines machine, workcenter, personnel capacity

  • ERP does scheduling automatically, with maximum efficiency and full capacity utilization
  • Allows planners to balance loads across resources by identifying which have excess load, capacity
  • Can create work groups, assign alternate workcenters
  • Can modify labor default schedule, add holiday schedules

3) Easily moves, reroutes jobs for better forecasting

ERP scheduling reroutes jobs by inserting a current or new job where it needs to go – automatically adjusting the schedule forward, backward, or globally – improving forecasting, minimizing urgent and past-due jobs.

4) Identifies production bottlenecks

ERP reduces or eliminates bottlenecks by automatically scheduling the right job on the right machine at the right time, identifying when and where the workflow will be light or heavy so planners can adjust labor hours and move people to balance workloads.

5) Instantly shows how urgent jobs will affect others

ERP can insert a hot job and see how it’ll impact current and future jobs on the schedule by gathering data on workloads, available capacity, workcenter/employee constraints, setup, and run times. It calculates changes so planners can balance workcenter loads, schedule labor, and immediately see the results.

6) Accepts customer due dates based on facts

ERP scheduling tracks data on every job, from work order number to due date. It determines when each job will be finished so customers can know when they’ll receive their parts.

7) Gives salespeople confidence when promising due dates

Before accepting a due date, salespeople can quickly determine inventory levels, available workcenter and labor hours, job status, and other production variables. Planners can see if jobs can be moved to accommodate a customer’s due date.

8) Allows more time to manage production

ERP frees up production managers’ time to respond to and manage events on the shop floor that require their knowledge, expertise, and judgment.

9) Lowers production costs

  • ERP reduces setup time by scheduling multiple jobs of the same part to run concurrently
  • Knowing the timeframe of each job reduces indirect labor because machinists know what to work on next and when to expect it
  • Personnel who stage and ship finished goods can track job progress and be ready when the job is complete

10) Lets managers sleep better

ERP software reduces stress by simplifying and automating scheduling. Companies achieve faster cycle times and better on-time delivery rates, reduce administrative overhead, lower labor and materials costs, and improve productivity.

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