Production Scheduling Overview
Plex Online provides a variety of production scheduling modules and methodologies, from the simplest to the most complex. We apply these methods in combination as warranted by the manufacturing process, the operational constraints, and the manufacturer's scheduling vision.
Material Requirements Planning (MRP)
This module is used to analyze Customer Orders, Raw Material Inventory Levels, Minimum Restock Levels and Lead Times in order to recommend and create releases with suppliers. Similar to traditional Material Requirements Planning (MRP). For ordering raw material and component parts.
Production Requirements Planning (PRP)
Evaluates Customer Releases, current Inventory levels, and Min Inventory points, in order to recommend production. Ideal for high-volume, repetitive manufacturers.
Visual Sequence Board - Production Scheduling
A visual schedule board that displays the Production Runs scheduled into each Workcenter. Each Production Run includes Part No, Operation, Quantity, Raw Matl Availability, Tooling Availability, Due Date and Note. The Schedule Board represents the short term queue of production runs that are scheduled into the machine. A visual tool for human-assisted, drag & drop scheduling.
Advanced Production Scheduling (APS)
A comprehensive, ultra-detailed, and fully automatic Finite Scheduling system. Includes visual representations of jobs and workcenter loading. Finite Scheduling The most detailed and sophisticated form of computer-automated scheduling and optimization.
Electronic Pull Scheduler
This module is used to analyze inventory levels, Minimum Restock Levels, Daily Pulls, and Lead Times in order to recommend and create production jobs and maintain required stock levels. Often used as an electronic pull system. A simple, but powerful min-based approach to lean scheduling.
Electronic Kanban Scheduling
The Kanban system can be used to augment or replace conventional scheduling. Based on the Toyota Production System, this methodology is especially useful for optimizing the production flow of a small number of high-volume, repetitive parts. A highly visual but virtual method for lean Kanban scheduling.
Card-based Kanban Scheduling
The Kanban system can be used to augment or replace conventional scheduling. Based on the Toyota Production System, this methodology is especially useful for optimizing the production flow of a small number of high-volume, repetitive parts. Uses Plex-printed, bar coded Scanban™ cards.