The construction materials industry is characterized by having to service a local market in order to avoid the high cost of transportation (materials are usually heavy and large). As a result many manufacturers in this industry have several facilities in different locations and may need to share tools among each facility.
This industry is often seasonal and as a result those manufacturers who supply the construction industry with materials have to be able to predict demand months in advance. Planning future demand requirements into Taylor APS and then scheduling today’s requirement with future demand in mind, is something APS is good at.
Construction materials manufacturers may have a catalog of standard parts (make-to-stock) mixed with customized (make-to-order or engineer-to-order) parts. The cost of machinery is usually high (e.g. CNC machines) and it may be a challenge to see a return on investment unless these machines are kept busy. Bottlenecks are common and usually orders need to be broken up into batches to accommodate different product configurations.
Manufacturers in the construction materials industry usually have unique manufacturing scheduling requirements because their products are unique. They typically need production scheduling software that is able to model their unique manufacturing process, which is one key reason we have customers in this industry.
- Determine when more staff are needed to complete a project with tight delivery dates.
- Schedule unique requirements (e.g. sharing of tools between several facilities).
- Identify, manage and improve the efficiency of bottlenecks.
- Prioritize certain machines to increase your return on investment.
- Model and schedule discrete manufacturing, make-to-stock, make-to-order and engineer-to-order situations.
Construction Materials manufacturers have turned to Taylor products to help them solve these intricate, mission-critical planning and scheduling problems.