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Capacity Planning & Scheduling System

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Capacity Planning & Scheduling System

The primary purpose of the Capacity Planning & Scheduling System (CPSS) is to determine if sufficient capacity is available (in terms of equipment) to satisfy the stated demand. The user can vary the following operating parameters to conduct “What-If” analysis:

  • The time period to simulate up to 365 days
  • The number of shifts per day, and hours per shift
  • The job numbers to be produced – Capacity Planning & Scheduling System has the capability to handle up to four hundred (400) different job numbers
  • The consolidation period, unit sales price, engine, stage, customer, and cluster size
  • The production forecast for each quarter
  • The production shipments for each quarter
  • The production requirements for each quarter
  • The in-process inventory
  • The type of station used to process the parts (these stations can be either manual or automatic) – Capacity Planning & Scheduling System has the capability to handle up to eighty (80) different station types
  • The station capacity
  • The operating sequence for each part type – this defines the sequence of operations (by station) for each part type up to sixty (60) processes
  • The pass rate by job number and process
  • The cycle time by job number and process
  • The setup time by job number and process
  • The rework station for each job number
  • The Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) and Mean Time To Repair (MTTR) for each station – this is referred to as “Failure, Repair
  • Times” in the user interface screen.  Capacity Planning & Scheduling System uses an exponential distribution when assigning a value for MTBF and a normal distribution when assigning MTTR.
  • The furnace approvals by job number

Capacity Planning & Scheduling System will simulate production according to the specified operating parameters. Capacity Planning & Scheduling System will then create a production schedule based on the results of the simulation. The production schedule is based on the due date and the operating parameters defined by the user (i.e., production quantity, product routing, setup/cycle times, downtime, etc.). All output units in this system are in minutes. The results are divided into four categories:

  • Average part process time
  • Station utilization, which would include the percent of time the resource was busy, idle, inactive, or down
  • Station queue sizes
  • Simulated production

Capacity Planning & Scheduling System can be used as often as is needed, based on the business/operating environment. This will allow the analyst to evaluate future business and operating scenarios to optimize the utilization and throughput of the Process Area.