|Solutions > Planning|
It is the Planners responsibility to orchestrate the Customers demand for a product by a requested delivery date and shepherd this through the manufacturing and assembly process. Work Order (W/O) release, manufacturing sequencing, capacity allocation, shortage clearing and order fulfillment are all part of the responsibility of a Planner. The task includes many challenges from purchasing delinquencies, sub contracting delays, work cell capacity planning and product yield to engineering change, S/O amendments and unplanned equipment failures.
The task is arduous and complicated and has given rise to the term Dump and Chase when referring to the planning function.
The key to simplifying the Planners tasks with the confidence that the obligations to the customer is met, is, INFORMATION. The Planner needs to see globally what the status of all items that comprise the finished product is at, at every level of assembly and test process. MRP or ERP fall far short of what is required to address the dynamics of the challenge that confront a Planner daily. With only ERP as the tool at his/her disposal the Planner sees segments, each of which have to be filed and combined to provide the full picture of the current status. Unfortunately to stitch together the entire picture is not only difficult and time consuming but can be made obsolete by a single unplanned event.
iQube SOS removes the tasks for creating these global views on a continuous basis by supplying the Planner the ability to gather all their relevant information live from the MRP or ERP system and refresh that information by simple point and click.
iQube SOS will provide for any or all S/O, all requirements, planned or released; netted shortages at all levels of the indented bill; all locations of sub-assemblies released or planned; all completed as well as planned W/O; the names of the Planners and Buyers that are involved with any and all part of the projects.