Optimize Production Planning: A Guide for Manufacturers

Optimize Production Planning: A Guide for Manufacturers

Optimize Production Planning: A Guide for Manufacturers

Optimize Production Planning: A Guide for Manufacturers

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CORPORATE OFFICER AND ADVISOR, STRIPE

Claire Hughes Johnson

PRESIDENT, PRODUCT AND BUSINESS, STRIPE

Will Gaybrick

HEAD OF GLOBAL SALES, STRIPE

Eileen O'Mara

REVENUE AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, STRIPE

Vivek Sharma

HEAD OF PRODUCT MARKETING, STRIPE

Tanya Khakbaz

FOUNDER, PULLEY

Yin Wu

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Manufacturing

Hesh enables paperless manufacturing with digital work instructions and documentation
CORPORATE OFFICER AND ADVISOR, STRIPE

Claire Hughes Johnson

PRESIDENT, PRODUCT AND BUSINESS, STRIPE

Will Gaybrick

HEAD OF GLOBAL SALES, STRIPE

Eileen O'Mara

REVENUE AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, STRIPE

Vivek Sharma

HEAD OF PRODUCT MARKETING, STRIPE

Tanya Khakbaz

FOUNDER, PULLEY

Yin Wu

View on desktop.

Manufacturing

Hesh enables paperless manufacturing with digital work instructions and documentation
CORPORATE OFFICER AND ADVISOR, STRIPE

Claire Hughes Johnson

PRESIDENT, PRODUCT AND BUSINESS, STRIPE

Will Gaybrick

HEAD OF GLOBAL SALES, STRIPE

Eileen O'Mara

REVENUE AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, STRIPE

Vivek Sharma

HEAD OF PRODUCT MARKETING, STRIPE

Tanya Khakbaz

FOUNDER, PULLEY

Yin Wu

View on desktop.

Manufacturing

Efficient production planning and scheduling are vital for manufacturers seeking to improve productivity, reduce costs, and meet customer demand. This guide covers key concepts for mastering manufacturing planning.

We’ll explore the critical differences between production planning and scheduling, the importance of getting them right, key planning stages, and common mistakes to avoid. We’ll also look at how solutions like the HESH MES system can optimize planning.

Planning vs Scheduling

While related, planning and scheduling play different roles. Planning focuses on strategic decisions about what products to make, volumes, and resources needed. It ensures alignment with strategy and demand. Scheduling creates a tactical timeline of production sequences, task assignments, changeovers etc. to smooth workflow.

Why Planning and Scheduling Matter

Robust planning and scheduling ensures manufacturers deliver on time, utilize capacity optimally, control costs, scale efficiently and make informed decisions by:

  • Matching supply to demand

  • Maximizing resource utilization

  • Avoiding overproduction

  • Coordinating departments

  • Adapting to market changes

Key Stages of Production Planning

The production planning process comprises interconnected stages:

  1. Demand Forecasting
    Projecting likely demand over time periods based on historical data and market indicators. Sets the context for other planning decisions.

  2. Capacity Planning Assessing production capacity needed to meet demand projections based on workforce, equipment, facilities etc. Ensures resources don’t fall short.

  3. Material Planning Determining material quantities needed to fulfill production plans and schedules. Involves procurement and inventory management to prevent shortages.

  4. Production Scheduling & Control Creating schedules outlining job sequences, equipment assignments and monitoring progress once production starts to identify and address issues.

  5. Master Production Schedule (MPS) A plan detailing items and quantities to produce in set time buckets. Acts as an authoritative reference for planning and meeting targets.

With these stages mastered, manufacturers can consistently achieve operational excellence.

Common Planning Pitfalls

Even minor oversights in planning can cascade into major headaches. Watch out for:

  • Inaccurate demand forecasts leading to over or under production

  • Failure to align capacity with forecasts

  • Poor material planning disrupting workflow

  • Inflexible schedules unable to adapt to changes

  • Lack of analysis and improvement of processes

Leverage Technology for Planning Success

Purpose-built manufacturing platforms like the HESH MES system can arm producers with the visibility, control and analytics needed for planning excellence. By generating insights from automated data collection, HESH enables smart forecasting, scheduling, and optimization.

Let HESH provide the foundation for masterly manufacturing planning and sustained success. Request a demo to learn more.

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