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Managing Capacity and Inventory

Managing Capacity and Inventory

In two previous posts by Pete King (Optimizing Safety Stock and Optimizing Cycle Stock), we discussed the fundamentals of inventory management and setting cycle and safety stock targets for individual materials. In this post, we will talk about using the targets to...

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Elevate Your Production Heartbeat

Elevate Your Production Heartbeat

The production schedule is the heartbeat of process manufacturing. It’s the schedule that specifies when, where and how much to make of every product. It’s therefore the schedule that orchestrates production. It’s the schedule that specifies the sequence of...

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Reinventing The Production Scheduling Wheel

Reinventing The Production Scheduling Wheel

For supply chains to be fully effective, manufacturing links must be stable, predictable, agile and responsive. One way to accomplish these goals is with product wheels. These scheduling tools organize the variety of products made on any asset in order to optimize...

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A Quick Start Guide to Improving Your Scheduling

A Quick Start Guide to Improving Your Scheduling

Taken a Good Look at Your Scheduling Processes Lately? Maybe you Should. The hidden costs of scheduling are often overlooked. Rush orders, equipment breakdowns, and component shortages cause changes to the schedule. Some inventories are too high, incurring costly...

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Why Scheduling Alone Can’t Fix a Bad Plan

Why Scheduling Alone Can’t Fix a Bad Plan

I wrote this article several years ago. With today’s disrupted production and supply chains, it is even more relevant than when first published. The example is of insufficient manufacturing capacity to meet customer demand, but the message is the same regardless of...

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Production Strategy: Don’t Overdrive Your Headlights

Production Strategy: Don’t Overdrive Your Headlights

I’ve often seen unreasonable demands and expectations get in the way of production efficiency and customer service. Here is an example. During an advanced planning and scheduling implementation at a large plant in Germany, the site was complaining that their new...

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AFP Success Story

AFP Success Story

AFP is a food manufacturer headquartered in New Holland, PA where its main plant is situated. AFP is one of the world’s foremost foodservice, co-pack and private label manufacturers of aseptically packed cheese sauces, puddings, dips and soups. AFP, an operating...

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Strategies for Success in Production Scheduling

Strategies for Success in Production Scheduling

Moving Forward from Excel. But, to What? My last post emphasized how companies often fall short - and put themselves at risk - when relying on Excel for production scheduling. If you are ready to move off of Excel, adopting Product Wheel or Repetitive Flexible...

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