Similar to Consumer Packaged Goods the Cosmetic Industry often have tanks, fillers, labeling and packaging requirements and usually these manufacturing areas are all under one roof. Many of the machines are automated and run at high volumes and production re-runs or re-configurations are costly. There may also be various quality control stages that need to be incorporated into the schedule.
In order to run efficiently, cosmetic manufacturers need advanced planning that allows them to predict what their product mix might be like in 6 months based upon very dynamic market challenges. This can be very challenging – particularly when a new formulation (developed in the lab) does not scale well when put into production. This type of situation can cause major delays that will impact other production runs.
- Model and schedule a mixture of batch process and discrete manufacturing.
- Stagger production runs so that promotional items do not adversely impact regular production runs.
- Facilitate load balancing based upon seasonal demand.
- Schedule all steps in a complex manufacturing environment like cosmetics including mixing, filling, printing, sealing, capping, labeling, boxing, cartonizing, palletizing, etc.
Cosmetics manufacturers have turned to Taylor products to help them solve these intricate, mission-critical planning and scheduling problems.