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Proactive production with scheduling board APS

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More than ever, manufacturing companies feel confronted with challenges such as rush orders, small lot sizes, short-range fluctuations in demand, and ever changing availability of resources. In addition, there are economic challenges and conflicts ensuing from different requirements and goals of individual departments on the shop floor. Here cronetwork scheduling board demonstrates its strengths and even in a dynamic production environment provides an always up-to-date view of the feasibility of scheduling.


Dynamic production environment

The efficiency and success of a manufacturing company in productive operation depend on several questions:

  • Are sufficient operational machines available?
  • Can these machines be operated by available personnel?
  • Is sufficient material at hand?
  • Are the right tools and relevant subassemblies ready?

If resources are available in appropriate quantity and quality on time at the right place, then nothing hinders the operation on the shop floor. Unfortunately reality proves to be different in most cases and so workaday production becomes a true challenge. Then there are the many interfaces between the different departments. Purchasing, Production and Production Planning attempt on a daily basis to resolve their conflicting interests so as to keep the machines running. Points of friction result that can be everything but positive for the operation.


Scheduling board as problem resolver on the shop floor

cronetwork scheduling board receives production orders from ERP (more on this: ERP vs. MES) and schedules them via flexibly configurable scheduling strategies on available capacity. A graphical scheduling board provides production staff an overview of the current order buffer along with the required resources (machines, tools and personnel).

Deadlines for the production of required, preproduction in-house products and purchased components evaluated can be evaluated after scheduling, and (with significant manual effort) synchronized with Purchasing and thereby enable an availability check.


Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS)

However, if there are multiple changes in the scheduling situation or material requirements need to be synchronized more often or continuously, then cronetwork scheduling board and its APS extension provide the ideal solution. Availability information about in-house and purchased components, including scheduled and physical stock levels, are displayed live in the graphical scheduling board and thus support rescheduling. This enables feasible production schedules at the highest level without repeated manual synchronization between departments.

cronetwork scheduling board APS provides a clear graphical visualization that shows the dependencies between order structures and ordered products, and employs color to indicate possible delays due to late receiving of components. Production orders can thus be scheduled based on real capacities and on priorities that you configure yourself.



In addition to providing economic benefits, using an APS tool also reduces areas of conflict on the shop floor. Productive manufacture depends on close cooperation between departments such as Purchasing, Production and Planning. Naturally a production environment with its time and performance pressure can lead to disagreements and conflicts. Here APS makes a positive contribution by combining all the relevant resources for the departments, processes them, and delivers a clear picture of the current production situation. All positions involved in the production process can rely on these data and adjust their work to them. Unnecessary discussions, friction and uncertainties are avoided; this leads to a comfortable working environment, which in turn promotes the overall productivity of the company.

In addition to the classic resources — machines, personnel and tools — cronetwork Scheduling Board APS (Advanced Planning and Scheduling) also takes material availability into account in scheduling.

Visualization of interdependencies reduces the complexity of production.

Added value at different levels with scheduling board APS:
  • Better scheduling quality with less effort
  • Transparrent view of all required components
  • Optimal utilization and increased reliability of delivery
  • Linking of anonymous and available customer orders and ordered components to an order network
  • Cost reduction due to minimized stock levels
  • Optimized stock levels due to a precise overview of available and required components
  • Increased security in filling orders and meeting deadlines