Planning and Scheduling

Software for Process

Manufacturing

Phenix Planning and Scheduling software uses Aligned Product Wheels™ to optimize changeovers and inventory, and align production with the business’s customer service, cost and working capital goals.

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Scheduling Has a Major Impact on Throughput and Cost

Optimized schedules have throughputs 10% to 30% higher than typical production schedules! But scheduling is really difficult.

Process Manufacturing
is Complex

Schedules determine the sequence and timing of the production of hundreds or thousands of different products across multiple production lines.

 

Production Sequence
is Critical

Correct production sequences minimize changeover costs. Every out of sequence product complicates the changeover and wastes time and money.

Cycle Times
are Critical

Correct cycle times balance changeover and inventory costs. Cycles that are too short or too long cause customer service and inventory problems.

Supply Chains
are Disrupted

Volatile demand, erratic supply, and internal plant and staffing problems force schedulers to frequently deviate from plan and reschedule.

Creating and maintaining an optimized schedule is impossible without software support.

Phenix Aligned Product Wheels

Aligned Product Wheels™ extend Product Wheels by aligning schedules with business goals and market conditions. 

Product Wheels Enable Lean Scheduling

Phenix Product Wheels assign product families to lines and optimize the production sequence to minimize changeover loss. Cycle times are scheduled to balance the cost of changeovers and inventory. The wheels introduce a rhythm that simplifies and stabilizes production.

Product Wheels methodologies have captured 15 years of Master Scheduler tribal knowledge and complexity into the Phenix Tool for expansion of our business and transference of the scheduling function.”

AFP advanced food products llc.

Aligned Product Wheels Align the Plant with the Business

Inventory Design considers the demand variability and volume of each product to determine inventory levels, aligning production with market conditions. Production Design aligns schedules with the business’s customer service, cost and working capital objectives.

Phenix puts a lot of the information at our fingertips, in context – so we can make good decisions in a heartbeat. This really makes a difference on unexpected changes.

AFP advanced food products llc.

Scheduling and Rescheduling is Lean, Aligned and Optimized

Phenix allows schedulers to create new schedules in seconds leveraging the Aligned Product Wheel™ capabilities. Schedulers can also reschedule manually and immediately see the time and cost impact. Schedulers can now align the plant with the business and optimize all changeovers and all inventory all the time!

The Phenix scheduling tool allows our supervisors and managers to react to unplanned downtime and make informed scheduling decisions at the end of each day without having to reengage the master scheduler after hours. This allows us to eliminate long shifts in the middle of the week and still complete our needed schedule with less overtime.”

Packaged Food Manufacturer

Paths to Value

SaaS Solution

We train you on Phenix Software and Aligned Product Wheels, and you design the wheels and do the scheduling.

SaaS and Service Solution

We train you on Phenix Software and Aligned Product Wheels, we design the wheels, and you do the scheduling.

Service Solution

We train you on Phenix Software and Aligned Product Wheels, we design the wheels, and we do the scheduling. (You give us the orders, we give you the schedules!)

Incremental or Step Change Implementation 

Get started quickly with simple wheels, and add capabilities as time and money permit. Or implement fully to get maximum value as soon as possible.

Customer Benefits

Customers see increases in throughput of between 10% and 30%. This saves them time and money and allows them to increase production if they have demand, improve service levels, reduce costs and inventory and engage in other improvement projects.

Too Important for Excel

Homegrown Excel based scheduling solutions are cumbersome and brittle. As schedulers react to accommodate rush orders, plant problems and supply issues, the schedules quickly become inefficient. Process manufacturers waste millions of dollars due to unoptimized schedules.

Better scheduling is an attractive first step to improving production performance. There is no capital investment, you will see returns in a few months, and you will create the time you need to be proactive on the plant floor.

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