Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) is an industry that is really 1,000,000 different industries but they all have one thing in common: they sell their product(s) to the public, in packages.
The real problem for CPG’s is how to manufacture and package their products in an ever-changing environment, based upon the ever-changing needs of the public (short product life cycles). This demands many labeling and packaging variations, and, scheduling of promotional items (seasonal).
Unlike other manufacturers, CPG’s usually have additional machines (or plant areas) to handle labeling and packaging. Most often these labeling and packaging machines are automated and run at high volumes so mistakes are costly and those labels that need to be re-run impact the rest of the schedule. In addition, some products (e.g., food) are perishable and need to be handled carefully — therefore timing of certain steps is very important.
With Taylor APS, each predictable changeover is modeled ahead of time so that the time it takes to switch from one product to another is shortened and you can communicate the timing of the changeover to the production and packaging teams to get the new product out the door. Bottlenecks can be identified ahead of time, re-runs and machine down times can be incorporated into the schedule providing CPG manufacturers with the flexibility they need.
- Improve your production schedule even when it contains many different product configurations.
- Minimize changeovers and machine setups by scheduling products with the same packaging configurations to run consecutively, while also ensuring that orders are still scheduled to finish on time.
- Automatically balance the work load on the packaging lines within a work center to minimize idle time, to reduce setup time and to utilize equipment and operators efficiently without losing sight of your order deadlines.
Consumer Packaged Goods manufacturers have turned to Taylor products to help them solve these intricate, mission-critical planning and scheduling problems. Taylor software products have been designed in cooperation with customers like you to solve vexing planning and scheduling problems.