The Black Hole of Scheduling
Our research team has spoken with over 100 companies this year to understand what are the biggest challenges US Manufacturers face. What we found I’m sure will not shock or astound you.
Number one and two by a mile is that “our schedule is wrong the second we press commit” and “communicating change to those impacted”.
Following phone interviews, we visited 40 sites that were trying to solve these problems with either off-the-shelf or home grown solutions. Here’s what we saw with our own eyes.
The software solutions ya’ll are using require so much detail that any change that occurs requires you to make so many updates to the data that your only option is to throw your hands up and accept the chaos. The systems you buy and the systems you create are too complex for your users to adopt and interact with on a regular basis.
What We Discovered During Our Research
You told us that visualizing your schedule is very difficult. Many of you try to solve this problem by transferring the necessary detail to a whiteboard. Which is better than nothing but is difficult to make quantum changes that impact many people, departments, and processes.
You told us that when a change occurs to any aspect of the schedule, the ripple affect is felt by everyone. That impact is difficult to communicate in near real time because of the way you are currently assigning tasks and job packages to your staff.
Those two paragraphs alone were enough to make us ask –
“What if we could design and build an easy-to-use scheduling application that was alway accurate?”
So We Made It Just For You
We have developed an entirely new application that focuses on execution of tasks assigned to either people and/or machines. We only care about the delivery date, what you’re making, and how many things your customer ordered. We do the rest of the automation behind the scenes.
Simulation and optimization functionality allows you to stop being a babysitting-data entry-clerk and start using your brain to innovate and find ways to make your company better.
Because we only require a few points of data, your job just got easier. Because we extend task assignments to actual people, those people are responsible for progressing tasks and alerting you and your team when something changes that may impact the schedule. Like a machine goes down, or you run out of packaging materials in shipping, or that guy doesn’t show up for work today.
Because we automate the scheduling creep in both directions, the moment a task is stopped because a worker can’t complete it, a timer starts on the machine he is assigned to, and the duration of the downtime moves the schedule until the task is resumed. The Plant View Display shows the schedule and all the dependancies creep a matched duration.
And if any collisions occurred during that stoppage, you will see visual indicators showing those problem areas in red. Now you know exactly what happened, why, how long, and what was impacted by the creep.
Don’t Even Ask…of course we made it Drag and Drop capable
If you have to go into a box and retype something, a scheduling application is dead-on-arrival. So we made the things that need to move around easy for you to drag them onto the schedule, or onto a different machine, or onto a different person. We handle the time and date sequencing on the back side. Oh and all of dependancies are still there so no need to worry about breaking the original connection.
So You’re Probably Wondering
“How Is My Workforce Going To Use The Software?” I’m so glad you asked.
If you are reading this article, I assume you can get to the web. InCloud InTime Scheduling Application can be accessed from your pc, mobile device, a terminal on the shop floor, or your workers can access the application with our Smart SafetyGlass Wearables.
We just want you to get the task assignments and progression of those tasks as close to the worker and as close to near real time as possible. That could be a layer above a team that manages the group tasks on an iPad. A worker that progresses his tasks at a nearby terminal on the shop floor. A worker could get a printed task assignment for the day, but progress his tasks on break, lunch, and at the end of the day on his smartphone. Or a worker could be wearing our Smart SafetyGlass Wearables that are voice activated, barcode scannable, and yes our app runs directly on them so they are always updated with the latest data.
So what do you think?
Did we hit the nail on the head?
If you want to learn more send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can give you a quick 5 minute demo that will show you everything described above.
Talk to you soon.