Manufacturing Excellence

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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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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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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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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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

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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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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bottleneck constraint mrp

If you do not know your supply constraints, then it is likely your constraint is the MRP system.

How to use constraints-based planning and overcome the limitations of MRP logic.

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Today, manufacturing excellence is built on execution. Lean manufacturing places emphasis on daily execution to customer demand. It favours a system of visual signals on the factory floor to replace computer planning and paper reports. Does this mean that production scheduling is in conflict with best practices of lean and demand-driven production? Certainly not. Scheduling goes far beyond Master Production Scheduling, is an essential part of integrated planning and a powerful way to model real-world constraints in a supply chain.

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