What is Production Scheduling?
Production Scheduling is the process of allocating production activities to the best production resource, at the best time in the best sequence and in the best quantity.
Scheduling is a key factor in calculating OEE.
Generating an optimal production schedule requires numerous data inputs. Fortunately these data inputs are generally available in the Manufacturing Execution System (MES).
Examples of this data includes:
- equipment capacities
- equipment capabilities
- crew availability
- material availability
- transition (changeover) duration
- maintenance schedules
- preventative maintenance requirements
- Work In Progress (WIP) etc
Production scheduling is a challenging exercise that OpMetriks can help to solve.
Scheduling and OEE
Production Scheduling has a dual impact on plant performance.
Secondly, and more importantly, consider the difference between a good, or optimal, schedule compared with a sub-optimal schedule. Both will deliver a similar OEE value, as OEE depends on scheduled availability. A sub-optimal schedule would have lower scheduled availability but the equipment performance and quality would be the same, thus OEE calculations would be similar.
This emphasises the importance of generating an optimal schedule.
Our engineers have extensive experience in designing and delivering production scheduling systems.