Production Scheduling with Excel

This is an information site to help you build planning and scheduling systems with spreadsheets. Here you will find tutorials, templates and downloads that can be used to create advanced planning and scheduling system using Microsoft Excel.

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Module Cubes

How Excel-based modules can combine for a flexible planning system.

Register for a free diagnostic on your material and inventory planning.

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Webinar Spheres

We are launching webinars to help you with planning and scheduling in Excel.

Here is how you can watch us build, set up and use these free downloadable tools.

Pre-register for our first webinar coming up soon!

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Scheduling a Sequence of Orders

Our new Capacity Planning Tool gets you halfway to production scheduling.

This article will help you understand how it calculates dates and working days in the calendar. It will go a long way towards that scheduling goal.

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Capacity Planning Tool

We have a new capacity planning tool for you.

Download it for free to get better visibility on production load and capacity.

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Hard Inventory Allocation

Setting service levels usually starts with inventory.

Here’s a way to improve supply for important customers, that doesn’t involve inventory sizing.

And it doesn’t involve production either…

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Demand Planning Inventory Allocation

In times of shortage, how do you allocate inventory to customer orders?

It is tempting to fall back on hard allocation. This could be a mistake.

Here’s why. With a download simulation to prove it.

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Demand Planning Sales Forecasting

Here are five things you need to know about forecasting.

This is a statistics-free zone. Five forecasting principles for demand planning.

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Get an Instant Rating for your Excel Planning

October 4, 2011
Excel Planning Rating

How does your Excel planning measure up?

Are you getting the best results or are you suffering from Excel hell?

Here is a simple measurement and a download tool that can give you an instant rating on your planning tools built with spreadsheets.

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Here’s An Excel Method That Every Planner Should Know

September 26, 2011
Exploding Tables in Excel Planning

This is a core method to apply the Fast Excel Development Method in building a planning and scheduling system in Excel.

Convert forecasts, explode demand and generate work orders — this method is something that every planner should know.

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A Two-Letter Word Will Change The Way You Look At Scheduling

September 19, 2011
View on scheduling

Is the purpose of production scheduling to feed MRP and execution?

If you’re satisfied with this answer, then you’re missing something. A small, two-letter word will change the way you look at scheduling.

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How to Share Excel Data in the Cloud

August 1, 2011
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We build planning and scheduling systems in Excel.

Some systems like this material planning example have more than one user, in different locations.

Here is a way to share Excel data across multiple users by using a simple cloud service.

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How To Plan for Long Lead-Time Materials

July 27, 2011
Shipping supply chain material planning shipping

The biggest headache in material planning is long lead-time materials.

Here is a simple tool that gives visibility between a buyer and a factory separated by a lot of water.

Also see an easy trick to connect multiple Excel users on different continents with free data integration over the cloud.

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Scheduling Job Shops and Engineer-to-Order – Three Alternatives that can Work

July 5, 2011
Job shop scheduling engineer-to-order

Job shop production is a challenge for scheduling.

Three ideas to job shop scheduling and other customized products when you have no standard process data.

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The Most Useful Excel Function You Will Ever Learn

June 29, 2011
Index Excel Formula

I would like to introduce the most useful function that Excel has to offer.

This is the most widely used Excel function in the Fast Excel Method. When building planning systems, I find myself typing this in formulas more than any other function.

The function can transform Excel spreadsheets into a fully-blown business software platform. We use it to retrieve data, perform calculations and present them in a report.

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The Reality of Your Manufacturing World

May 17, 2011
Manufacturing Reality and Master Data

Represent your manufacturing business using master data. Link the planning and scheduling system to the real world.

Excel-based planning systems give you more flexibility. Flexibility within the realms of the possible. Here are the essentials of master data and how they map onto your business.

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The Secret Trick that Turns Excel into a Flexible Business System

April 25, 2011
Excel Software Secret Trick

ERP often fails to give you the flexibility and visibility that you need.

Excel use has its own problems with spreadmarts and spreadsheet sin.

Apply this technique and take control over your planning and reporting. Getting Excel to perform like a business system.

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Kick-Start Your Capacity Planning

April 18, 2011
Kick Start Capacity Planning

The most common mistake that planners make with capacity planning, and how to fix it.

Some tips on how to get good visibility on capacity in a high-mix production factory.

Download our free Capacity Planning Tool and load it with your own production data.

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Uncertainty and the Predictive Power Of Planning

April 11, 2011
Predictive operations planning

Predictive planning provides a way to manage uncertainty. Planning can resolve the dilemma between schedule-push and demand-pull.

How an Excel-based predictive planning tool can work alongside the business transaction system.

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Capacity Planning Tool

April 5, 2011
Capacity Planning Tool Download

Here is a Capacity Planning Tool to download, test and run with your own data.

You can see your work orders from sales, compare with available capacity. Gives you instant visibility on production capability and constraints.

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How Calendars Fix Your Capacity in Planning and Scheduling

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This is a guide to help you use calendars in planning and scheduling.

Production capacity starts with calendars – here’s how to make a calendar and calculate in Excel.

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