The difference between planning and scheduling

Planning Manufacturing Operations

Planning is about breaking down a works order into individual operations and defining a logical sequence of events that will deliver a completed product. Part of this is understanding and managing the dependencies between those events and resources. So planning is effectively defining what is to be done and how.

Scheduling Manufacturing Operations

Scheduling is the sequencing, factoring in of constraints and priorities to apply a chronological order to the plan. It assigns operations to a resource, so it can be made available when needed. It synchronises with upstream and downstream steps to include changes so you can monitor and minimises the impact. Effectively it provides specificity and targets to the plan.

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