Fabrication and assembly form the backbone of both the global economy and the manufacturing industry. Without the products manufactured by this segment, most other goods and services could not be produced or delivered.
Fabrication and assembly of parts is transforming basic materials like metal sheets, rods and bars into components and finished goods. These diverse goods range from ballpoint pens to automobiles to water towers and ships. In some cases, production is repetitive and can proceed at high speeds. In other cases, each individual part must be fabricated by hand. In every case, the problems of planning and scheduling manufacturing operations are complex and challenging.
The conversion of basic materials into finished parts can require multiple steps, each with its own queue, setup and run-time requirements. Sometimes, production is organized by departments of similar machines, and work pieces must flow smoothly from one area to another. Other times, production can be organized into lines or cells, and the problem becomes one of coordinating the operations of dissimilar machines into a single flow line. These scenarios create scheduling and planning difficulties, including complex setup and changeover problems, sequence-dependent setups, tool scheduling, etc.
In addition, parts manufacturers need to be able to provide their customers with accurate order promise dates and adjust the schedule when customer needs change the order priority.
- Provide customers with accurate order promise dates.
- Optimize setup and cleanup times (e.g. paint booths).
- Identify, manage and in some cases eliminate bottlenecks.
- Quickly create new schedules based upon changes in order priority.
Parts manufacturers have turned to Taylor 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 planning and scheduling problems not addressed by traditional ERP Systems.