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How To Plan for Long Lead-Time Materials

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.

The Most Useful Excel Function You Will Ever Learn

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.

The Reality of Your Manufacturing World

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.

Capacity Planning Tool

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.

A Simple Truth About Capacity Planning

“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.

Seven Habits for Highly Effective Excel Planning

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.

Excel Demand Analytics – Fast Formulas on 65K+ Rows

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.

Is MRP Your Business Constraint?

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.

The Biggest Production Planning Mistake with Excel

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:..

Build a Material Planning Tool in 10 Minutes

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

How Scheduling Can Co-Exist with Lean

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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