These are all symptoms of an ineffective shopfloor scheduling system.
You simply need to improve visibility of the production schedule.
in Sales/Customer Service
in Production management
on the Factory floor
Why go for bolt-on Scheduling?
It’s the fundamental key to making profit in a manufacturing business.
Good scheduling is the heart of a manufacturing operation, the very cornerstone of the industrial revolution and the concept of mass production manufacturing. Just how well you coordinate those workers, machines and raw materials dictates how much profit you will make.
Getting it wrong means you will lose customers.
Accounting software and job costing only tells you how much you lost – a month later. Good scheduling software shows you the problem is happening NOW or SOON and enables you to take corrective action.
Good scheduling software enables you to roster your staff to meet demand fluctuations at the least overtime cost.
It makes sure that materials are delivered to the machines on time for startup, or perpetually provides alternate jobs as necessary not only to keep those machines running..
but also to cope with the inevitable relentless variables of the manufacturing environment – both planned and unplanned (reactive). This alone reduces quality issues and product returns.
Tomorrow is too late to react to a production issue. If not fixed today, it’s already cost you money.
It is unlikely your standard ERP system will have the tools to address this (since most are built primarily as an Accounting database not a GUI simulation modelling toolkit), which is why More is successfully partnered with many leading software brands to provide these tools as a bolt-on module. More integrates with Microsoft AX, QAD, SAP, Syteline, MYOB EXO Business, SysPro and others.