You need to update your production schedule in real time.
Scheduling begins with an optimized-for-efficiency plan for the week’s orders, typically created by an ERP system. Your MES will take that schedule and executes it – optimally – meshing schedule requirements with materials and movements. And report back to the ERP on what actually happens, in real time.
Because we’ve exposed all the statistics in the production process, we can:
- Calculate the magic moment when you turn off the filler, so as to produce exactly what is ordered – or as we’ve referred to it since we worked with a large brewery: not a bottle more, not a bottle less.
- Reduce material waste, minimize production time.
- Partner with just-in-time systems producing the exact amount required, preventing both under-filled orders or excess production, eliminating the need for unnecessary or excess warehouse space.
- Feed the information back to your ERP system that it really needs to be effective in its job – close the information loop. While weekly plans are a thing of beauty, there are invariably snafus, material run-outs, and panic orders. With ongoing feedback of real-time activity, your ERP can be constantly re-planning and re-optimizing.
Where will you save money?
- The Factora approach to scheduling reduces operator workload and simplifies work processes. You’ll get fewer errors, less frequent snarl-ups, and more smooth sailing.
- Preventing over-runs and under-runs results in a more streamlined supply chain.
- Real-time feedback of raw material usage and production into your ERP allows for more efficient planning. You minimize the risk of scheduling around upsets and last-minute emergency changes.