Production Planning is a complex process which involves different business functions and roles.

According to the Hierarchical Production Planning HPP model (Hax, Meal, 1975), the production planning process works on two different levels, the tactical and the operational levels. At the execution level operates, instead, the scheduling process. A production plan can be divided into 2 main parts:

  • the Master Planning (which includes the Sales & Operations Planning and the Master Production Schedule)
  • the Detailed Planning (which includes the MRP and the production scheduling processes).

In the production planning process many business functions and roles are involved. Among them, there are the Production Manager and the Production Planning Manager.

The Production Manager

A production manager is involved with the planning, coordination and control of manufacturing processes. They ensure that goods and services are produced efficiently and that the correct amount is produced at the right cost and level of quality.

Tasks typically involve:

  • overseeing the production process, drawing up a production schedule;
  • ensuring that the production is cost effective;
  • making sure that products are produced on time and are of good quality;
  • working out the human and material resources needed;
  • drafting a timescale for the job;
  • estimating costs and setting the quality standards;
  • monitoring the production processes and adjusting schedules as needed;
  • being responsible for the selection and maintenance of equipment;
  • monitoring product standards and implementing quality-control programmes;
  • liaising among different departments, e.g. suppliers, managers;
  • working with managers to implement the company's policies and goals;
  • ensuring that health and safety guidelines are followed;
  • supervising and motivating a team of workers;
  • reviewing worker performance;
  • identifying training needs. (Source: AGCAS editors 2012)

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The production planning manager

Coordinate and expedite the flow of work and materials within or between departments of an establishment according to production schedule. Duties include reviewing and distributing production, work, and shipment schedules; controlling machinery allocation and status; conferring with department supervisors to determine progress of work and completion dates; and compiling reports on progress of work, inventory levels, costs, and production problems.
His main tasks are:

  • defining productivity, quality, security standards and organize working activities
  • defining tools, machinery, plants and process plans check and monitoring
  • production planning
  • components and raw materials purchase management, inventory stocks, WIP and finished products
  • resources optimization
  • promoting WIP or finished products creation (Source: Isfol 2009)

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Operational roles

In Production Planning & Scheduling processes, the role played by operational figures working on specific processes and activities is also very important. Among these main roles there are:

  • The Material Planner
  • The Process Manufacturing planner
  • The Production Planner
  • The Subcontracting orders Planner

Flex for Planning processes

Flex role-based features for Planning processes

Thanks to role-based features, FLEX provides monitoring and analysis features for different business roles.

These features can be activated both on the system entry application, and on specific configurable dashboards, through multi-panel interfaces.
Each business role in a company has, therefore, a real-time access to features, information and KPIs, useful for his job.
An example of the information and functionality available in the FLEX Advanced Planning & Scheduling area, are:

  • Service level trends and statistics in the last N months
  • Current Service Level indicator
  • Alert for overdue orders
  • Workcenters capacity trend in the last N weeks
  • Working outsourced hours and activities trends
  • WIP value in the last N weeks
  • Shipment delays trends
  • Missing material status by line
  • Confrontation of Scheduled orders vs Execution
  • ecc.

Advanced configuration tools: FOR YOU!

Thanks to the configuration features of Flex role-based features, the user does not only have to opportunity to choose the most appropriate business role among the ones available in the default configuration system, but can also configure and personalize his role and his dashboards on his own. By using the "FOR YOU" Advanced Application Tools, in fact, each user can independently  manage and modify an existing configured role as well as build his own working panels, by selecting the features  he needs from the User Application Panel.