Quality requirements and competitive sales prices are set by the market and must, of course, be met. Today's production company can set itself off from the competition through its ability to deliver at short notice and with high delivery reliability. From the customer's point of view, delivery reliability is an important evaluation criteria.
The following points are the main causes for delivery problems.
Production planning is the "brain" and "backbone" of a production company. All departments and groups work to complete their activities just-in-time according to the plan. If production planning is not realistic from the outset, delivery problems are inevitable. This is typical of a deficient planning system:
Often the main reason for the lack of process synchronization is that the planning tool is unable to create a sequence plan. The lack of proper sequence planning means that each department, each work group, each resource decides its own order priority and production sequence. The consequences are:
Without realistic and feasible planning no practicable production control is possible. Instead, fire-fighting becomes process control's main activity. Optimal production control includes:
The visualization of the project status is essential, because it is easier for the brain to comprehend information visually by patterns and images. With a tabular planning (numerical, e.g. excel sheet) of hundreds of orders and countless resources with different start and end dates, it is not possible to judge whether a production order is on schedule or not.
In our Kaizen-/Lean consulting to implement just-in-time production and reduce operating costs, we follow the motto "only results count!"