Increased throughput, reduced capital cost, on-time deliveries, reduced stocks, better quality, faster reaction to problems and better prediction of problems were among benefits of modern scheduling systems cited at the DTI’s Advanced Control Technology Transfer Programme (ACTTP) seminar at the end of June in London.
Alan Mason, from AJM Consulting (and ACTTP co-ordinator), said: Finite capacity scheduling has come of age for almost all manufacturing industries. Those companies which adopt it can improve their performance.’
Entitled Improving Production Performance with Finite Capacity Scheduling, the seminar also covered production scheduling, MRP, finite modelling, expert systems, batch processing, predictive control and optimisation.
Speakers included Chris Jakeman, APV Engineering, and John Croft, ABB Industrial Systems.