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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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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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