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Production Planning and Scheduling

Manual production planning and scheduling of your manufacturing resources and operations can be a time consuming, complex task. This is thanks to the sheer volume of information that needs to be taken into account to create a realistic production schedule. Manual methods can also make it difficult to quickly respond to unexpected events that may cause disruptions and potentially affect critical delivery dates. This could include machine stoppages or unplanned maintenance, rush orders, unavailability of materials, inaccurate demand forecasts and unreliable lead times. Production planning and scheduling software is helping many companies to do more than just produce workable production plans, they can deliver plans that help to increase profits and keep customer service levels high.

Fast & Flexible Manufacturing Planning Software

The Seiki Core Scheduler provides a powerful and easy to use production planning and scheduling solution that generates accurate schedules based on your actual capacity, material and delivery requirements. This means that you can:

  • Increase resource efficiency
  • Reduce lead times
  • Reduce costs by minimising stock and inventory
  • Get early indications of potential problems and take corrective action to avoid late deliveries
  • Respond quickly to changes with real time visibility of live production information and KPI performance analysis
  • Identify untapped production capacity to respond positively to new sales opportunities
  • Reduce outsourcing by maximising the utilisation of your existing resources

Finite Capacity: Accurate and Realistic

The Seiki Core Scheduler enables you to administer workplaces, define standard maximum and minimum hourly rates, individual workplace efficiency and shift start times to create a realistic model of your available capacity.

  • Create a realistic model of available capacity – administer workplaces, define standard maximum and minimum hourly rates, individual work place efficiency and shift start times.
  • Manage the routing information required for scheduling, e.g. material, operation numbers, resource(s), and setting and cycle times.
  • Manage operational constraints – set rules such as no overlap, earliest start and latest end dates

Visual Production Planning

The Seiki Core Scheduler is a highly visual manufacturing planning software solution. Its graphical planning board enables you to visualize your resource utilisation and availability across the shop floor in real time.

  • Simple colour coding provides a clear visual indicator of the status of current WIP and the potential impact of unexpected changes to the workload
  • Create easy what-if production plan scenarios using the simple drag and drop feature. This is a safe method of evaluating and predicting outcomes of alternative plans as the master schedule is not affected until a scenario is saved.

>> Watch a brief video describing the key Planning Board features

“The visibility of upcoming capacity provided by Seiki’s planning and scheduling software is fantastic. It allows us to confidently decide whether to take work on and promise delivery dates we can expect to meet. It has also helped us improve our throughput and the overall volume of work we process in a year has increased by 17%.”

Nick Phillips, Manufacturing Manager
Ilmor Engineering

Enterprise Application Integration

Using Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) software, Seiki is able to offer an intelligent interfacing solution that can optimise data exchanges between different software applications. This means you can connect ERP/MRP/PPS/CADCAM systems or other databases and software to the Seiki Scheduler database, in order to automate the task of data entry.

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I’m interested in the Seiki Scheduler what should I do now?

We’re delighted that you’re interested in Seiki’s production planning & scheduling software and want to hear from you. Our sales team can be contacted directly at 01273 666999 or via email sales@seikisystems.co.uk and they will be happy to answer any questions that you have and to discuss technical features of the system.  Alternatively, please complete our contact form.

 

Seiki Planning & Scheduling Solution

Watch a short Scheduler demo video

Features

  • Appearance and functionality of a traditional planning board
  • Drag & drop technology for ‘what-if’ planning
  • Forward sequential loading of all jobs
  • Create a realistic model of your available capacity
  • Automated scheduling algorithms
  • Simple traffic light indicators to preview consequences of changes to the schedule
  • Interfaces to your existing ERP/MRP system or is fully integrated with the JobDISPO ERP

Benefits

  • Reduces outsourcing by maximising the utilisation of your existing resources
  • Predict delivery dates with confidence
  • Reduce inventory and stock
  • Achieve greater manufacturing flexibility
  • Identify untapped production capacity
  • Manage your production effectively and efficiently with minimal user input
  • Increase visibility of your manufacturing process
  • Avoid bottlenecks in production

Seiki Jobpack DNC

Why not add Seiki Jobpack DNC to deliver accurate and complete works order information and work queues electronically to the operator terminal on the shop floor, eliminating copy and distribution times for paper-driven operations. The system includes an administrative toolkit for the management and control of NC Programs, including file status and approval, assignment of user access privileges and generation of traceability reports.

Seiki Monitoring

Integrate to Seiki Monitoring to automatically or manually record resource status as derived from the machine’s communication interface. The system enables you to record each changeover and setup times to identify the real reasons for lost productivity, effectively supporting continuous improvement strategies with live and accurate data. The Factory Status feature also offers a dynamic, real time view of the shop floor remotely to support unmanned operations and fast response to alerts.

Seiki SFDC

Integrate to Seiki SFDC to view the current state of all work in progress, which in turn enables you to have a view of your true capacity for planning and scheduling work throughput. The result is improvements in manufacturing processes such as the flow of work in progress (W.I.P), the quality of parts produced, minimising scrap and machine downtime, and the distribution/availability of information throughout the organisation.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

Seiki Scheduler integrates directly to our recommended Enterprise Resource Planning solution JobDISPO ERP for realistic material availability, reduced inventory and accurate job costing. Managing all your business documentation – from quote to invoice – in ERP enables you to synchronise and co-ordinate business and production information to create an optimised plan for the entire factory.

The Seiki solution is dependent upon your client server and LAN infrastructure. Seiki does not provide IT hardware, with the exception of:

Examples of systems that we’ve interfaced the Seiki Scheduler to using our EAI software:

  • SAP
  • EFACS
  • Tricorn ERP
  • Infor Swan
  • Sage ERP
  • Progress Plus
  • Syspro
  • Micros Omins ERP
  • Avante ERP
  • SQL Database
  • EMAX ERP
  • E2i
  • Sage Line 500
  • Baan MRP
  • Mapics ERP
  • XKO MRP 900
  • MS Access Database
  • Redthorn ERP
  • Preactor
  • Prodman ERP
  • Chess ERP
  • Merlin 200 ERP

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