There are a huge number of variables that go into production scheduling. There’s market demand, capacity of equipment, and availability of supplies, among countless others.
Staying on top of all aspects of production may seem like an impossible task – like you need a third, or even an eighth arm to manage it all while keeping pace. At FabTech 2018, we presented some of the most useful scheduling features in Microsoft Dynamics 365. Here’s a closer look:
Balance Demand with Actual Capacity – Everything’s rosy when you can make as much as people can buy… but if you’re a successful company with a stellar product, it’s likely that keeping up with the demand is a challenge. And indeed, efficient utilization of production resources might make it possible to satisfy the demand that otherwise couldn’t be met. Dynamics 365 automates and facilitates much of the process in these ways:
- System directed proposed assignments and dates by Order.
- Graphical View by Operation.
- Easy reschedule by drag and drop between dates and resources.
- Capacity, skills and location validations for rescheduling.
- Capacity to reschedule automatically based on material availability.
Evaluate Alternative Schedules – What if supplies didn’t arrive on time? What if several team members call in sick? What if a client calls to move up the deadline? Using visual tools, you can create different planning scenarios to dynamically adjust production schedules to changing circumstances.
Facilitate Information Processing – Bring departments together by collaboration in order to coordinate delivery time of components to ensure timely completion of the final product.
Graphical Capacity Utilization Tools – You can view utilization of resources by period of time, by resource, and by work cell, among others. Drill down to see data related to production orders, planned orders, scheduled jobs, and project tasks.
Multilevel Explosion and Pegging – See the status of each line of the Bill of Materials. Combine that with the due dates of each operation. Examine a view of your critical on-hand inventory, and let Dynamics 365 give you suggested actions to perform.
Automation is a critical aspect of the scheduling process as demand, capacity, and the supply chain become more complex. Want to see how Dynamics 365 can tame the beast and bring you a much greater level of control over your operations? Contact us now for an evaluation of your needs, and our recommendations on how you can implement a transformation of your business – for the better!