Currently available software for production
scheduling tends to be rigid and difficult to adapt to individual
requirements and changing manufacturing conditions. This is particularly
true within the food industry and similar sectors where large varieties
of products and highly variable orders and order volumes are common.
A vertical partnership including software
firms, RTD institutes and industrial users, has developed a software
tool set for designing customised production scheduling systems.
The new ScheduleZ tool set is aimed at manufacturers and distributors
of short shelf-life and high turnover products and is extremely
user-friendly, requiring minimal training.
The software firms have already begun
commercial exploitation with positive feedback from customers. The
main industrial partner, a customised production schedules designer,
is now using the tool set internally, experiencing increased productivity
at lower costs. Product quality has increased along with customer
satisfaction and sales. Partners have also had to employ additional
staff to cover the increased business.