June 2015

Job Shop Scheduling Problems and Challenges

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Job Shop Scheduling – High mix low volume job shops and machine shops can be quite a challenge to schedule.   Why?  Here are just a few of the complex problems and challenges that plague the environment: Bottlenecks or constraints in job shops can move based on the volume and type of work. Work is diverse — typically low volume high […]

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Drum Buffer Rope

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Theory of Constraints Drum Buffer Rope TOC Drum Buffer Rope (DBR) is a scheduling process focused on increasing flow by identifying and leverage the system constraint.  Drum Buffer Rope (DBR) was developed by Eliyahu M. Goldratt (Eli Goldratt), the father of Theory of Constraints.   This article explains what is Drum Buffer Rope and how it works. It’s the application […]

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Financial Dashboard for Job Shops and Machine Shops

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Key Financial Metrics for Job Shops and Machine Shops Metrics are a key part of managing any job shop and tracking financial health.  You want enough metrics in your financial dashboard to keep the pulse of what’s going on, but not too many.  Too many metrics can be time consuming to enter, but even if you could automatic them — […]

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