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DDMRP Stock Distribution

Demand-Driven MRP in an Excel Planning System. See a demo system and get a free, fully-functional copy of the DDMRP planning system in Excel.

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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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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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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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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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Index Excel Formula for Software built by Spreadsheets

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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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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Capacity Planning Tool

by Kien Leong

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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Calendar Capacity Planning Scheduling in Excel

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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Calendar Capacity Planning

Capacity planning compares minutes of production with days of resources. Here is an easy way to convert minutes to days over any working calendar.

This technique also helps to simplify many Excel date calculations for working days and times.

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Capacity Planning Measures Apples

“It was easy to see where they were going wrong…”

A short story and a simple truth about capacity planning.

Also a chance to give us feedback and get free access to the right capacity planning tool for your business.

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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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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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