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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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Missing Out on Quick Wins?

Missing Out on Quick Wins?

Stop putting off your scheduling improvement project. Here’s why. We sometimes hear from companies that they know their scheduling should be improved but they are waiting for their company’s big ERP, MRP, or related project. They may say something like: “Had a long...

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How to Improve Your Scheduling

How to Improve 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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You Can’t Fix a Bad Plan With Scheduling

You Can’t Fix a Bad Plan With Scheduling

A good, or even a world-class scheduling process, is not sufficient for success. In the 36 years I’ve spent in production planning, and implementing planning and scheduling systems globally for Procter & Gamble, in a diverse group of consumer goods businesses,...

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