The difference between planning and scheduling
It’s important to understand the difference between planning and scheduling in manufacturing. 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 when. It factors in times and due dates to apply a chronological order to the plan, so it can be visualised in some form of timeline. It also means that operations are assigned to a resource, ensuring that it will actually be available at the required date and time. Scheduling effectively provides specificity and targets to the plan.
Some systems specialise in planning and others in scheduling. Seiki Scheduler integrates both functions to make your job easier.
Advanced planning and scheduling helps you to:
- Know the status and priority of each works order on the shop floor
- Know each operation in the manufacturing process.
- Know which machines or resources are required for each works order.
- Know when the machines or resources are required and when they will be available.
- Know the timings and delays between operations for more realistic production lead times.
Planning and scheduling is the most effective way of balancing revenues, customers satisfaction and operational performance. As such the Seiki Scheduler is a strategic decision support tool and as a graphical solution it’s easy to share the insight it provides with your whole team.