More and more manufacturing companies are seeing a shift in customer order types, quantities and requirements. Customers are increasingly demanding a more diverse product mix and products that can be delivered more frequently. As a result, manufacturers are facing massive changes in their business, such as how to operate their factories, maintain profit margins, and generate profits. In this business environment, manufacturing operations need to be much more flexible to meet rapidly changing production needs, including real-time planning of production and efficient execution of key orders.
Moving to a larger product portfolio brings with it a whole new set of challenges, such as more daily changeovers, a greater variety of materials, and more diverse set-up strategies for production runs. In this volatile production environment, the Concurrent Planner enables accurate, on-demand production planning to deliver on-time deliveries at the lowest cost of production. By optimizing production schedules immediately, changing requirements such as short-term, important orders or unexpected orders are efficiently taken into account to maximize production output and customer service. The Concurrent Planner integrates production information into a system that is connected through a single database. In this way, production parameters can be automatically verified while maintaining user control. Once the sales plans and orders have been automatically imported, the system selects the orders and quantities to be optimized and scheduled based on established priorities such as the destination windows (e.g., a day, a week, etc.).