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Module Cubes

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

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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I have demand, on-hand inventory and open purchase orders.  What orders can I cover with materials and which orders are going to be short? This is a simple question in material planning.  We frequently get asked by clients to build spreadsheet tools that can provide an answer.  You can download

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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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