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.
Schedules determine the sequence and timing of the production of hundreds or thousands of different products across multiple production lines.
Correct production sequences minimize changeover costs. Every out of sequence product complicates the changeover and wastes time and money.
Correct cycle times balance changeover and inventory costs. Cycles that are too short or too long cause customer service and inventory problems.
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.
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.
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!
Paths to Value
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.
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.
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.