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Production Planning & Scheduling

Production Planning & Scheduling

Planning is typically a long term process and can take place months or years ahead of production.  An accurate planning tool is essential to enhance competitiveness, increase profits, and improve customer service at any medical device company.

Scheduling is more detailed in the short term.  For instance, it can be generated daily for individual machines, departments, or team members by taking into account constraints such as resources with limits such as tools, people, skills. or processes.  An accurate scheduling tool.

Manufacturers cannot react quickly and intelligently to changes without planning and scheduling tools. The time it takes to generate a schedule using spreadsheets can take hours, or even days, and it can be difficult to maintain. If there is an unexpected change, it is not easy to generate a new schedule.  This can create numerous problems for any device production environment.

Planning is typically a long term process and can take place months or years ahead of production.  An accurate planning tool is essential to enhance competitiveness, increase profits, and improve customer service at any medical device company.

Scheduling is more detailed in the short term.  For instance, it can be generated daily for individual machines, departments, or team members by taking into account constraints such as resources with limits such as tools, people, skills. or processes.  An accurate scheduling tool.

Manufacturers cannot react quickly and intelligently to changes without planning and scheduling tools. The time it takes to generate a schedule using spreadsheets can take hours, or even days, and it can be difficult to maintain. If there is an unexpected change, it is not easy to generate a new schedule.  This can create numerous problems for any device production environment.

Production Planning & Scheduling

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Implement closed loop scheduling between the production planning and manufacturing systems with our production planning tools for the medical device industry.  Our detailed scheduling solutions, based on business rules at the work order level or operations level, enables scheduling based on real-time information regarding machine status and capabilities.

Furthermore, our solutions allow production data to be altered as required, including adding tables and fields.  With our tools, it is possible to create custom scheduling rules to solve specific problems and create custom data manipulation tools for the utmost in precision and accuracy.

In addition, our solutions deliver order-based scheduling which can apply a ranking to prioritize the order process based on availability of resources and the materials required for the order. Scheduling can also be predicated on varying operational run speeds as dictated by the available resources, while use sequence dependent changeover times can be based on operational attributes and allow overlaps between runs.  Define additional scheduling optimization rules to deal with problems such as minimizing changeover times and preferred sequencing

These customer specific options regarding how materials are consumed in the production process serve as key differentiators for manufacturers in the competitive and crowded medical device industry.

Production Planning & Scheduling

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Advanced Constraint Modeling

Model advanced resource constraints, such as rules about concurrent usage and advanced inter-operational constraints, including limits on intermittent time, operations, and how operation times can be extended in medical device manufacturing.

Advanced Material Handling

Implement custom rules regarding how materials are consumed to ensure that sub-assemblies and raw materials are consumed according to business rules at your medical device organization.

Advanced Schedule Optimization

Define schedule optimization rules to manage problems such as minimizing changeover times, preferred sequencing, and campaigning.  Composite rules can be built with our exclusive solutions workflow tools for medical devices.

Assembly Process Visualization

Visualize the device assembly process from raw materials through to finished goods and sales orders by showing a graphical view of material dependencies as well as plots of stock levels over a period time.

BOM Level Planning

Plan your medical device Bill of Materials such that it can be exploded so the production plan for lower level items is calculated in the same way. Based on this plan, proposed material purchase requirements can be easily exported to any system.

Development Environment

Alter database schema and constraint models as required, including adding tables and fields. Create custom scheduling rules to solve specific scheduling problems and data manipulation tools for use with the medical device workflow engine.

Interactive Schedule Viewing (Ultimate Viewer)

Track the progress of sales and carry-out order inquiries against a read-only copy of the published schedule.  With this view-only capability, med-tech company management can compare actual times with scheduled completion times to assess performance of the overall production process.

Interactive Schedule Visualization

Display data as stock profile and capacity usage graphs which can be easily modified so the production of a particular item can be moved from one planning period to another. Any changes will be accurately reflected in all linked plot and grid windows.

Make-To-Order Planning

Evaluate the effects of future demand changes on the manufacturing process in a make-to-order environment even when stock levels will not be part of the key parameters.  When a change in demand occurs, your device manufacturing team can quickly assess if it is possible to meet the new requirements.

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