Manufacturing, particularly as a direct supplier to other companies or OEMs, is a very challenging business model. It is impossible to tell on any given day what orders will be placed, over and above any standing manufacturing orders, or what piece of equipment or machine may require unscheduled repair or replacement.
Additionally, with multiple sales reps taking orders and promising fast turnaround time for customers, the pressure can really be on the managers to try to accommodate and keep customers happy. To avoid these issues or to mitigate their impact on the business, manufacturing scheduling software is an effective and solution.
There are several reasons why manufacturing scheduling software can be instrumental in any type of processing, manufacturing, production or fabrication business. A closer look at just three of these reasons will highlight the benefits of this software solution.
Purchase of Raw Materials
One of the biggest cost saving features of the best manufacturing or production planning software allows a company to track the costs of raw materials across suppliers and across time.
This allows the company to purchase raw materials when they are at their lowest price, helping to reduce the cost per unit of production over simply buying when inventory is low.
Adjusting for the Unexpected
Equipment is going to fail, suppliers are going to go out of business, or other issues are going to come up that impact the production of the material or the supply chain in or out of the company.
With manufacturing scheduling software, options can be presented by the system along with cost analysis and up-to-date information. With this in place, unexpected issues can be managed with the minimum of disruption to your business and customers.
Planning for Growth and Equipment Purchases
With the software, it will be possible to run virtual simulations on investments such as new equipment purchases or even expanding the business. By doing these exercises through the software, more informed, decision making can occur prior to any commitment or financial risk by the business.