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Webinar: An Introduction to Finite Capacity Planning and Scheduling


Up next in our schedule of online events is an Introduction to Finite Capacity Planning and Scheduling webinar on the 3rd November at 11am. In this one hour session our experts will take you through the key principles of our planning and scheduling software module. We’ll also cover topics such as:

  • interfacing and data exchange;
  • key features of the software;
  • how the Scheduler can be used in common real life scenarios;
  • and extending the solution onto the shopfloor with digital work queues and machine status monitoring to collect data that can be used to improve planned vs actual performance.

Whatever stage you’re at in your research or project involving planning and scheduling (APS) systems, this is a great opporunity to understand more about how the software can really support your business.

This will be an interactive session, so please make sure to submit your questions throughout.

Date: Tuesday 3rd November 2020
Time: 11am

How Seiki Planning and Scheduling software can help you

Thinking about the last 6 months in particular, there’s obviously been a huge pressure on budgets, compounded by the challenges of an uncertain order pipeline or a backlog of work and switching production to new parts (for example,many of you have supported the demand for critical components for medical equipment/ventilators). Responding to sudden changes in resource, demand and capacity, and of course now being able to effectively support social distancing has really brought into focus what companies can do to maximise resilience, visibility and agility.

In this context systems such as the Seiki Scheduler can help you factor in predictable delays and risks to production plans and schedules. And more than that, you can adjust the plan in near real time, taking into account factors such as equipment availability and efficiency factors for the most accurate view of true capacity.

Realistically fluctuating customer demand; staff moving to unfamiliar equipment or having to self-isolate; introducing new parts; delays in the supply chain; and any other sudden or unexpected changes can have a ripple effect that impacts both the short and longer term – people need decision support tools like the Scheduler to help reduce some of the uncertainty of the things within their control. The insight it can provide also means you can identify any machine availability that you can actively promote – targeting the right mix and type of work needed.

Having factored in actual capacity, the focus is then on balance the demands of meeting customer delivery dates and managing workflow and resources efficiently and economically in an extremely competitive market. It’s when you need to respond to ramp up rate demands, quick turnarounds and batch size variations that the Scheduler really comes into its own – it simplifies and speeds up what would otherwise a complex management task using manual methods or spreadsheets. Those methods are also not live, whereas keeping the schedule up to date with the status of all work in progress (via our WIP Booking module), combined with accurate cycle time data (via Machine Monitoring module) makes it possible to constantly adjust and refine takt times, again reinforcing the accuracy of the live plans and helping to smooth out inefficiencies being introduced by fluctuating demands.


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