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Finite Capacity Planning and Scheduling

Finite capacity planning and scheduling

Finite capacity planning and scheduling ensures that your capacity is taken into account from the moment you start to plan. It means that anything that could potentially constrain the production process, such as people, machine capacities, tooling, and material availability, is factored into the schedule, resulting in a much more accurate calculation of your throughput capability.

Seiki Core Scheduler allows you to create a realistic model of your capacity by defining the key factors such as resources, individual workplace efficiency, shift times and calendars. It helps you to work leaner.

  • Stock levels are reduced as materials are only ordered when required, improving cash flow.
  • Operations are only scheduled when resources are available, reducing work in progress and avoiding bottlenecks in production.
  • The resulting efficiency and productivity improvements also mean you can avoid unnecessary subcontracting.

Your available capacity can be dynamically updated within the planning board. Reducing or increasing the number of available hours of each resource directly on the plan allows you to immediately see the impact of the change, which is essential when reacting to unexpected events, such as machine breakdowns or staff absence. With critical delivery dates to be met, this extra time to problem solve can be a significant advantage. It also means you can maintain a positive, open line of communication with your customer regarding the current status of their job.

It can help to identify and justify opportunities for increasing capacity by:

  • Offering overtime
  • Subcontracting work
  • Splitting batches
  • Avoiding bottlenecks

It can help you to visualise and account for events that can cause reductions in capacity such as:

  • Machine breakdowns
  • Operator absence
  • Scrap or re-work
  • Excessive changeover times

Finite doesn’t mean you’re restricted to a short term view. The advantage of having a dynamic system combined with a comprehensive capacity model provides a more reliable view of future availability. This has company wide benefits as it supports strategic business planning and forecasting. As a decision support tool Seiki Core Scheduler can help you maintain the balance between demand and capacity.

With the Seiki Core Scheduler you can be confident that you are always working with the latest information.

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