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Over the past 20 years, software for such activities as dispatching, priority planning (MRP), master schedul­ing, and capacity planning has provided significant tools for planning factory operations.

Even with all of these tools, controlling the factory floor has been an elusive goal for many manufacturers. The new commercial ERP systems often have many, if not all, the features a company may need to support the dynamics of the factory floor. Once installed, however, these systems often produce the same results as the older "legacy" sys­tems. ERP systems need "business rules" for order launch­ing, lead times, lot sizes, safety stock, setup planning, etc.

This presentation will focus on an integrated ap­proach to advanced scheduling and what business rules and business processes are needed to support advanced shop floor control thinking.

 

ADVANCED CONCEPTS NEED BUSINESS RULES

Many companies are aggressively "installing" new concepts and processes on the factory floor. They may include such tools as

     Synchronous flow

     JIT

     Work cells

     Lean/agile manufacturing

     Demand flow technology

     Mixed-model scheduling.

    These tools, however, must be supported with defined business rules that become the basis for updating all the software order modifiers. The database, in any system, must be totally rebuilt to reflect a company's new advanced thinking.

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