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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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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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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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Excel Data Cloud

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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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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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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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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Excel Planning Habits

Happy new year! A time for planning and new year resolutions.

Ouch. The word “Resolutions” doesn’t give you good feelings, does it?

I prefer habits -form them and it takes effort to break them. Here are seven good habits for using Excel for planning.

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Demand Analytics Chart Image

Analytics for demand planning in Excel usually involves big tables of data.

To understand the demand for a product, you need to look into its history. An order history can easily have 100K+ records.

Here is a technique to perform fast analytical formulas on many thousand rows.

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Demand Analytics Techniques Excel

The dilemma of demand planning: to use a forecast or history.

We cannot expect history to repeat itself, yet every day we are reminded of inaccuracy and bias in the forecast.

How to combine the forecast and history to get a true measure of demand.

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Excel is the most widely used software for production planning. Production planning is one of the most common applications for Excel in manufacturing. Yet, there is one common mistake that people make when production planning in Excel. Avoid doing this one thing and you will save yourself hundreds of hours of unnecessary and repetitive work with production planning data. The mistake:..

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Excel Sins

Business has a love-hate relationship with spreadsheets. Widely used, accessible and essential to running the business. They are also unsecure, error-prone and scatter silos of data across the enterprise.

Depending on your point of view, spreadsheet use can be a users’ paradise or a necessary evil. Excel is the daily work-horse to over 500 million users, yet many IT departments seem hell-bent on stamping out spreadsheets and migrating everyone to business intelligence, budgeting and ERP applications.

Here at Production-Scheduling.com, we are in the business of taming spreadsheets. You might suspect that we always come down in favour of using spreadsheets for business applications. The truth is that there is only ever one answer to the question:

Should we be using Excel to ………….. (insert your business function here)

The answer is:

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Many of the tools, templates and systems that we build use macros in Excel.  Some of you will be quite capable and experienced with Excel macros and VBA.  Others could be coming across Excel macros for the first time. Excel 2007 upwards has some additional security for running macros.  If

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Excel-based planning and scheduling systems need data.   Best practices in developing Excel systems say:  “Separate data storage, calculation and reporting.” A database the best place to store data.  Our Excel tool needs to bring it in, perform calculations and then send it back out.  The output tables can

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