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What is Production Scheduler?

Production Scheduler

A solution of production planning is an essential component in the activities of planning and production control, since it ensures an efficient use of productive resources and minimizes unproductive times.

Given the market dynamics, and that what is today efficient may not be tomorrow, it is essential that the production planning application be intuitive, visual and easy to analyse and maintain. On the other hand, the possibility to simulate different scenarios according to the foreseen needs is essential to meet the needs of daily replanning, in most of today’s industries.

Production Scheduler allows you to monitor and optimize the production activities by means of a graphic planning of the production orders, with direct and immediate access to the variables which can influence the sequence of their execution:

  • Capacity and availability of resources;
  • Need and availability of materials;

Orders fulfilled

Production Scheduler is an extension to the Microsoft Dynamics NAV ERP designed for the graphic planning of the production. It is a solution with a multi-user application, applicable to single or multiple operation production orders.

Planning view

The presentation in Gantt chart format allows to represent every operation in a bar, with the length of the bar corresponding to its duration.

The handling and allocation of operations (bars) is simplified by the drag & drop functionality, according to:

  • Deadlines to be met;
  • Available capacities;
  • Duration of each operation;

Precedence relationship between the different operations

Besides the Gantt chart format, Production Schaduler also shows complementary lists of visualizations of operations, enabling the consulting of a greater amount of data regarding each operation. From the operations list to be allocated, it is also possible to drag & drop from an operation to a production line eligible for the operation.

Production Scheduler enables the configuration of different views by user, where it is possible to configure, the time scale to be used, the accessible period of time and even the available work centres and machine.

The use of colours (green, blue and red) to identify the operations enables the user to identify visually the state of the compliance deadline of the production order, as well as the availability of the materials for its execution on the planned date.

Operation Data Query / Production Order

Directly from the Gantt chart it is possible to access a set of possible actions of execution on an operation/and/or production order, namely:

  • Edition of operation data;
  • Setting of the date of beginning of operation;
  • Closing of operation and/or production order;
  • Elimination of operation and/or production order;
  • Reversal of the allocation of operation to productive resources.

Consultation of data regarding the operation / Production Order

Based on the operation, it is possible to access directly the file of the Production Order in NAV, despite the tool tip appearing on the chart with its main data. Still based on the operation, it is possible to consult the list of necessary materials, with the expected quantities, already consumed and the current stock.

Operation Tracking/ Production Order

Production Scheduler enables the tracking of an operation with its subsequent or previous operations, by presenting display link between the operations.

This method of display of links also applies to production orders, such as the tracking between the finished product and the orders of the respective semi-finished. Besides this visual display of tracking between production orders it is also possible to consult this information in a list format, which also includes the tracking of the sales orders, when applicable.

Fill the gap sequencing of production operations

Besides the possibility of the user allocating manually the production operations in a certain position of the chart (date/hour), Production Scheduler lets you define a fill the gap allocation policy.

The fill the gap sequencing has a direct impact in increasing the use of the productive time in the production line (efficiency of productive resources) and, consequently, in minimizing any unproductive times, since every change in the position of an operation causes an automatic update of the calendarization of the subsequent operations.

Key benefits:

  • Graphic presentation of the operations in the production orders;
  • Drag & drop functionality for production operations;
  • Simulation of different scenarios of sequencing of production;
  • Balancing of the production lines according to the internal and external needs: minimization of unproductive times.;
  • Automatic allocation and sequencing of the production operations: fill the gap method or delivery date.