Solid scheduling translates into a steady flow of work: a level system that avoids bottlenecks and creates a culture where people know what to expect and respond accordingly. Does this ever happen?
Typical scheduling in manufacturing facilities use a series of master Excel spreadsheets (aka – the great band aid) that – when refreshed, filtered, pivoted, and spliced properly – give the best plan on how to proceed with the production schedules. The problem is that the refresh, filter, pivot, and slicing don’t have good inputs, take too long, and require ‘Joe’ to process.
At TGG we tell our clients that the sole antidote to poor forecasts and changing customer requirements is rapid responding facilities. Short travel distances. Short changeovers on our equipment. Little to no unplanned downtime. Rapid response. With this in place, when the customer change their mind (again) simply respond. Depending upon the application, we also implement block run schedules through application of our runner, repeater, stranger analysis.
It used to be the large organizations that ate the small, but now it’s the fast that eat the slow. Let TGG reduce your manufacturing lead times by 50% or more.
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