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Takahashi's Scheduler Case Book: Chapter 11

The Uncanny Case of the Fragmented Production Control

Company K had a food processing plant that I was called upon to visit. A certain Software Integrator had developed the production control system for the plant and there were a number of points about it that the president did not care for. I had agreed to demonstrate our production scheduler and whilst the demonstration was going on, the president came over and interrupted me. He told me that this was just what he needed. He wanted to be able to manage the entire manufacturing process as one interconnected line.

 In certain cases, the production control system can be divided up to control each process individually. However, this kind of system places a limit on how much you can reduce the lead-time. This is why our production scheduler came to be incorporated into this production control system.

It's fine for the managers of each department to think about only their own manufacturing processes but not surprisingly it's the president who has to think about the entire company. No matter whether it's the company's overall supply chain or the flow of processes in the factory, it's important to look at it as one-line throughput in an attempt to optimize the entire overall system.

One of the many advantages of a production scheduler is that it allows you see the big picture of what's happening in your factory, even if your production control system doesn't.

Case Closed. . .

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Written by Kuniyoshi Takahashi: Production Scheduling Case Book

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