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Job Shop Scheduling Problems and Challenges

Job Shop Scheduling - High mix low volume problems and challenges Here are just a few of the  job shop scheduling problems and challenges that plague the typical Velocity Scheduling System client and many job shops, making scheduling very complex: Bottlenecks or...

Job Shop Scheduling Software (FREE, ERP, manual)

Job Shop Scheduling Software - What Works? What Doesn't? I'm like you.  I invested in job shop scheduling software (we used to own a job shop).  It took more than 6 months to set up.  Then after it was set up, I would spend hours and hours continually updating the...

16 Job Shop Scheduling Problems Infographic

Back in 2007 I published the 9 Challenges to Scheduling Your Job Shop and Why Your Schedule is Dead on Arrival. That ebook captured some of the biggest problems job shops can face and to scheduling machine shop work, but as you know there are many many more. So now,...

Scheduling Job Shops: Flow is KEY!

Job Shop Scheduling - a high mix low volume job shop can be a challenge. The complexities and problems in the job shop environment are numerous, just check out this list. Given the long list of challenges, it would seem almost impossible to improve flow in a job...

Reducing Job Shop Costs versus Increasing Throughput

Reducing Job Shop Costs I was just reading an article on CNCReport.com titled "Never Enough Magnetic Mounts".  The author was calculating how much money you'd save if you invested in some magnetic strips to make finding tools faster and easier.  Here's an excerpt from...

Job Shop Scheduling INFOGRAPHIC

A survey on The 9 Challenges to scheduling a highly custom job shop was conducted and this infographic summarizes the results from 400 job shops and machine shops. The question was "Which of these challenges to job shop scheduling do you routinely deal with in your...

TLS: Theory of Constraints, Lean and Six Sigma

TLS: Theory of Constraints, Lean and Six Sigma - Better Together This APICS magazine article provides the results of a test of Theory of Constraints (TOC), Lean and Six Sigma (TLS) across 21 plants. Lean accounted for 4% of the savings realized. Six Sigma accounted...

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants by Eliyahu M Goldratt

To read this article by Dr Eliyahu M Goldratt, just click the link below. The hand written comments in the article were provided for Velocity Scheduling System clients. VSS is a visual scheduling system for highly custom job shops and machine shops --so keep that in...