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The problems with ‘ASAP’

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THERE are a lot of funny ways to describe when jobs must be delivered. Hot jobs, very hot, rush jobs, priority, top priority, must haves. Some delivery dates look like "Oct 22 must have". The most popular term however must be ASAP, a term that is vague and impractical, says Keyvak Pty Ltd .

Any order that's in a factory production planning and scheduling system without a delivery date is a hidden time bomb ready to explode at any moment. Customers are told when they are chasing this type of job that it didn't have a specific date, leading to unhappy customers.

Delivery on time is a very serious business. Every job is required at a specific time. The board of directors must have their reports.

A mining company must have a wheel bearing for a hundred tonne truck refurbished on time. The warehouse must have stock replenishment for plumbing fittings so it can service its customers.

Nobody can get really specific with deliveries from the date required to both the time and date required.

Every job on the planning white board in the production planning system needs a delivery date.

Customers have their businesses to plan that may hinge upon Keyvak’s products and services.

Non performance in this area can have a chain reaction and cost downstream businesses serious cash. A large proportion of customers who change suppliers cite poor delivery performance as their reason for doing so.

Scheduling solutions with either manual planning boards or sophisticated software provides the tools to manufacturing and planning professionals to get the job done. The factory has its capacity quantified and customers are given accurate delivery dates.

Scheduling solutions empower factory staff to achieve on the basis of knowledge and are not given unrealistic targets.

However the business case is always based on an overall view of the enterprise and if communication between departments or computer systems is not working effectively then the business case just will not stack up.

Justification of the implementation of a comprehensive scheduling tool can be in the Customer Service area alone.

Keyvak provides a fantastic software tool for those not yet geared up for an Advanced Scheduling Software system with the immense resource required for successful implementation.

The Planner, essentially an out-of-the-box scheduler that’s easy and fast to install and use, has the look and feel of an electronic whiteboard.

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