Certainly, as job lead times become shorter and shorter, the necessity for realistic delivery due dates becomes evermore important. For the estimator, for whom labor productivity must reinforce scheduling, the delivery due date for a job determines whether back scheduling or forward scheduling is needed to fulfill the due date quoted. Work center capacities must be ascertained and material must be ordered in consideration of the other jobs coming into the plant at the same time. For this, a Touch Screen Data Collection (TSDC) system allows both finite and infinite forecasting by work center.
Utilizing an easy to read graphical scheduling tool, TSDC job loads are measured in relation to capacity loads by shop floor work centers. In the display, colored-coded graphs reveal those shop floor areas that are “hot” with work, and those that are “cold” and could be better used to enhance overall shop floor capacity. Online updates as a result of data input by shop floor personnel provide a real-time assessment of capacity, thereby allowing for a finite forecasting of loads. (more…)