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 shop?”  You can read the ebook “The 9 Challenges to Scheduling Your Job Shop and Why Your Schedule is Dead on Arrival” here:  job shop scheduling ebook

Check out the answers, and please leave a comment below and tell us what your biggest challenge is!

Job Shop Scheduling Infographic:

Job Shop Scheduling Infographic - 9 Challenges to Scheduling

The Biggest Challenges to Job Shop Scheduling Infographic


Job shop scheduling and machine shop scheduling can be a big challenge for all the reasons captured in the infographic but one of the biggest reasons that these challenges are difficult to overcome is due to the fact that job shops DON’T make the same things over and over again.  Sometimes they never make the same thing again.  They don’t make one or a few widgets in large quantities.  Job shops are usually high mix and low volume.  And that’s exactly who Velocity Scheduling System is for!

Job Shop Scheduling | Machine Shop Scheduling

Job shops with high mix and low volume can have significant shifts in their mix of work from week to week or even day to day.  These mix changes cause overload in some areas and excess capacity in others.  Their constraints can also move along with the changing mix.  And, if that wasn’t enough, they also have all or many of the other challenges mentioned in the graphic!

Scheduling machine shop work and job shop production planning typically do NOT improve with job shop scheduling software.  That’s because software can not take into account all the challenges and sources of variability in custom shops.  So even with software you’re constantly updating the schedule.

By Dr Lisa Lang

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