Finite Scheduling and Capacity Constraints

Increase profits by improving utilization of production resources.

Take into account the constraints of workcenter capacity and available resources to optimize manufacturing production runs, alleviating major cost and time conflicts, reducing the number of changeovers required, and minimizing inventory and costs in the process.

Rules-based Finite Scheduling

  • Schedule production operations based upon available workcenter loading and capacity with selectable logic (forward, backward, or both)
  • Plan resources to ensure or account for availability of employee skills, tools, workcenter space, etc.
  • Leverage attributes to drive rules-based scheduling decisions such as to minimize setups or line cleaning
  • Sequence production processes which overlap or run in parallel
  • Level load schedules across multiple workcenters

Capable to Promise

  • Calculate the earliest date that a prospective sales order can be completed based on material and capacity constraints
  • Clear visibility of the impact of material and labor shortages, or downtime on the production schedule

What-If Analysis

  • Create multiple scenarios to investigate different production scheduling options in an “offline sandbox"
  • Improve the ability for incorporating planners' insights and experience to influence schedule. Review and evaluate the performance of different scenarios using quantitative metrics