Wednesday, January 21, 2009

And some more sites

We're getting close to the end of the survey of good sites that deal with Production Scheduling. There are two more entries for today.

The first is called Master Production Scheduling. There are quite a few articles here. Some of them are: SaaS (Software as a Service), Open Source ROI, and web-based scheduling. There are also links to directories, portals, and some providers.

The other site is Manufacturing Scheduling. Like the site above, there's an article on ROI. Others involve optimizing your planning time and a brief overview of the benefits of a scheduling system.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Still more Scheduling sites to look at

What a way to start the week! Here are a couple more good sites to look at about Scheduling. The first one has some nice info about producing a realistic manufacturing schedule. Other articles look at the differences that may occur between a scheduling system used for Production and one used for R & D.

The other one for today has a couple of articles on Constraint Based scheduling. There is also a good page about Advanced Planning Software, as well as some dealing with Artificial Intelligence.

That's about all for now. There are still a few more that I should mention, so those will have to be saved for a future date.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Follow-up with some more good Production Scheduleing Sites

This is just a follow-up post from yesterday with a couple more nice sites dealing with Production Scheduling software. The first one, Capacity Planning, has some nice articles about Artifical Intelligence (AI) and Return On Investment (ROI).

The other one is called Expert Solutions. Some of its articles deal with interesting subject matter like Reducing Carbon Emissions and using Browser based systems to implement agile software solutions.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Production Scheduling Systems

Throughout the years, we've developed quite a lot of varied Production Scheduling Systems, some using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to further increase the system's productivity. Our range of clients has also been quite broad, going from state and national Government contracts, to TeleCom, to AeroSpace, to Stone Counter shops, to a manufacturer of custom towels.

One of the newer ones deals with Capa (Capable to promise capacity planning solutions). Check the site out. It has lots of new, interesting info for those of us who are looking to the future of Production Planning Systems and Production Planning Software.

Another neat site is one that deals with all aspect of these planning solutions. This site provides an overview with good, basic information.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

EDI, Directed Picking, and Dallas

It's been quite a while since I've had a chance to get back to this blog. Sorry about that. These past few months have been quite hectic - lotta new things going on at work, plus some medical and family issues to handle.

Last night I returned from a trip to a client in Dallas where we were implementing a Warehouse Management System. It's a pretty neat system that'll automatically pull down the orders through EDI. The orders will then sit in a queue until they're accepted (or rejected - but we really don't like to reject orders!). When an order is accepted, it can then be pulled from inventory. We're using a directed picking approach to that step. After it's pulled, it's sent down the line to packing where it's boxed up for shipment. When it's shipped, an invoice is also being created. We're also sending an ASN and Invoice through EDI, and then sending the Invoice info to Great Plains for the accounting backend.

When the inventory level for a product falls too low, we're automatically creating a PO. Like the incoming orders, the PO goes into a queue waiting for approval. When that PO is approved, it'll be sent out, again through EDI.

I flew into Dallas Sunday evening. It had been in the 80s during the day. When I left here, it was around 30. As we were making our final descent, we suddenly pulled back up. The pilot came on and announced that we were going to circle DFW to let the cold front pass through. It was probably around 50 when we landed. The next morning it was around 30 degrees and I had to scrape ice off the windshield! When I left the client's office Monday evening, I had to re-scrape the windshield to remove that afternoon's ice. Tuesday morning was a repeat of Monday morning. Yesterday it finally got up to around 45 there. Dallas' weather forcast for today was back up in the 60s or even 70s. Last night when I returned home, we had around 3 inches of snow. So I must have brought the cold snap with me, and taken it back with me.

Hal Hamer

Thursday, April 10, 2008

New Blogs

I just got back after being off for a week so I thought I'd give you an update on some of the blogs we've been working on. Later on, I'll give you links to some of our sites.

The first one deals with our Company’s Blog.
We also have the following blogs:
Total Quality Management (TQM)
Application Services
Open Source Manufacturing Execution Systesm (MES)
Manufacturing ERP Systems
Production Scheduling
and finally, Key Performance Index (KPI). You'll be hearing a lot more from us about KPI in the future as we're heavily getting into KPI. It's going to become a major force in the manufacturing world.

When you get a chance, please look at these blogs. As we write more content, we’ll certainly let you know when there's an article that might be of particular interest to all of you who are reading this blog about Agile Manufacturing ERP Software and Agile Manufacturing ERP Solutions.

Hal Hamer

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Finishing up with CRM

Well, we're getting much closer to finishing the CRM project for Stone Interiors. They've been importing their live data for further testing, and everything is going well. We're concurrently doing the Inventory system, and have started on the Purchasing system. After that we'll head to the Scheduling system. Here's a link to some info about Scheduling.

For Inventory, each one of the slabs of stone is assigned a unique ID, and we're getting a Thermal Bar Code printer to print that label, using some ZPL. I haven't used ZPL before, but we have a couple of samples that we can test when we get the printer later this afternoon. It'll be fun to see how the ZPL format works.

In a previous post I'd mentioned that I've started a Total Quality Management blog. We also have a nice site dealing with TQM. We also have a blog about Agile Manufacturing Systems.