In discrete manufacturing processes ‘detailed planning’ is rarely successful
It probably sounds familiar: Your manufacturing management is constantly either under pressure to meet deadlines or engaged in the hunt for parts. Despite everybody’s efforts, production fails to keep order deadlines. The WIP inventories in production are high, as are lead times. The first impulse in many companies is to resort to ‘detailed planning’, noticing afterwards that nothing or only scarce results were achieved with great effort and even more costs. Optimising the process control along statistical principles is the less expensive and more effective alternative – A&K shows you how to do it
Whether flow or job shop production, any company must produce efficiently and reliably in order to remain competitive in the market. This requires improved on-time delivery, reduced WIP levels and lead times, while capacity utilisation remains at an acceptable level. Having grasped and applied these relationships correctly, the results can be achieved with even less effort in process control and coordination.
The flow of orders through the production cannot be managed by a precise calculation, yet it can easily be controlled through the use of statistics. The latter requires a decisive logistical positioning and the implementation of certain organisational rules. The reward shows as a steadier workflow, a better on-time delivery, shorter lead times and a reduced WIP inventory.
A&K uses statistical analysis to detect weak points in your production stages and adjusts your WIP inventory appropriately, leading you to the correct strategic and operative logistical positioning. The most crucial point for us is to provide you with the tools you need to monitor your production order situation and to take necessary steps to stabilize your workflow in time, thus rendering deterministic planning unnecessary.
This way your process control will work with strategic ease, not with operative hassle.