Production Scheduling Mini-WEBINAR
How We Increase Flow, Productivity, and $ Shipped for our Clients
(And How You Can Too)
Production Scheduling MINI-Webinar for Job Shops and Machine Shops
After watching this 11 minute webinar you will understand:
- why long lead-times, poor due date performance, high costs, and all the other typical problems are SYMPTOMS;
- how 3 root problems cause all the typical job shop symptoms;
- the Velocity Scheduling System approach which is based on Goldratt’s Drum Buffer Rope (DBR/SDBR) and the Lean concepts that actually work in a job shop;
- the 3 things we do in Velocity Scheduling to eliminate the symptoms;
- the scheduling problems most shops encounter; and
- what to do next if you’re ready to really improve.
Dr Lisa Lang (known as Dr Lisa) will be your webinar presenter. She is a Theory of Constraints Drum Buffer Rope, Lean and Six Sigma expert and worked with Dr Eliyahu M Goldratt, author of The Goal and father of Theory of Constraints. Dr Lisa has also managed and then owned a custom job shop.
“Dr. Lisa” Lang is one of the foremost Theory of Constraints experts in the world and a sought after job shop scheduling expert having been named the "Manufacturing Trendsetter" in the USA Today, "Manufacturing Champion" in Newsweek and having appeared in CBSNews’ Moneywatch.com, Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch.com, Yahoo Finance.com, About.com, NYDailynews.com, CNBC.com, The Boston Globe.com, The Miami Herald.com, Morningstar.com, and others.
She is active in the NTMA, PMA, and AMT communities having helped over 500+ highly custom jobs shops to reduce their lead-times and improve due date performance.
She worked with Dr Goldratt who is the father of Theory of Constraints and author of the bestselling book, The Goal. Dr Lisa is past Chairman of the Board for the Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization (TOCICO.org).
Dr Lisa's lends her expertise and supports the Reshoring Initiative and www.ReshoringMfg.com, a website that culls reshoring and onshoring information, news, and articles from around the web.
Dr Lisa is the President of the Science of Business specializing in increasing profits of highly custom manufacturers by applying Theory of Constraints, Lean and Six Sigma to operations with Velocity Scheduling System and to engineering/design with Project Velocity System and to marketing with Mafia Offers.
Before becoming a consultant, Lisa was in operations, strategic planning, purchasing, and R&D while working for Clorox, Anheuser-Busch and Coors Brewing. In addition to consulting, Dr Lisa is a highly sought after Vistage/TEC speaker on “Maximizing Profitability”. Dr Lisa also provides professional keynote speeches and workshops for organizations like: TLMI, ASC, NTMA, NAPM and private events for corporations like: TESSCO, Bostik, GE, and Sandvik Coromant and (more importantly) many small shops you've never heard of.
What is Production Scheduling?
Production scheduling is an essential process for custom manufacturers such as job shops and machine shops. It involves organizing and planning the manufacturing activities needed to produce jobs efficiently and effectively. A production schedule details the optimal sequence and timing of operations, taking into account available resources, personnel, equipment, and materials.
The main goal of production scheduling is to meet customer demand while minimizing costs and maximizing throughput. For custom manufacturers, this can be a challenging task due to the unique requirements of each order. Every customer order is likely to involve different materials, labor, and equipment, making it challenging to create a standard production schedule that can be applied across all orders. See job shop scheduling problems and challenges for more information.
In addition, custom manufacturers often use specialized equipment, which can lead to bottlenecks in the production process. When a bottleneck occurs, it limits the overall output of the manufacturing process, causing delays and increasing costs. As a result, custom manufacturers need to identify and manage bottlenecks effectively to optimize their production schedules. For custom job shops, the constraint can move weekly or even daily.
The Theory of Constraints (TOC) is a widely recognized management philosophy that custom manufacturers can use to manage their production schedules effectively. The TOC approach involves identifying the bottleneck in the production process and scheduling production to maximize its output. This may involve adjusting the sequence of jobs, prioritizing certain orders over others, or even outsourcing some tasks to third-party suppliers.The TOC approach to producion scheduling is called Drum Buffer Rope (DBR). Velocity Scheduling System is based on DBR and Lean flow concepts — it is the best of FLOW based scheduling and flow manufacturing but combined with a VISUAL system and designed specifically for complex job shops.
By focusing on flow along with knowledge of current and emerging bottlenecks, custom manufacturers can improve overall throughput, reduce costs, and improve customer satisfaction. With efficient production schedules, manufacturers can improve delivery times, reduce costs, and increase customer satisfaction, leading to repeat business and positive word-of-mouth referrals. They can also invest in new equipment and technology to remain competitive in the marketplace.
In summary, production scheduling is essential for custom manufacturers to meet customer demand, minimize costs, and maximize throughput. To manage the unique challenges of custom manufacturing operations, custom manufacturers can use the Velocity Scheduling System to identify and manage bottlenecks in the production process effectively. By optimizing production schedules, custom manufacturers can improve delivery times, reduce costs, and increase customer satisfaction, leading to repeat business and positive word-of-mouth referrals.