Modern manufacturing is an increasingly sophisticated interaction of human and material resources required to manufacture often complex products with tight margins and short delivery schedules. As a result, manufacturing planning, control and scheduling have become more important than ever, but many challenges present themselves as a variety of materials and labor need to be seamlessly coordinated to meet customer requirements and evolving market demands.
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Reacting vs. Proactive Adjustments
The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges across the board for manufacturers.
According to a National Association of Manufacturers survey, 78.3% of manufacturers anticipate a financial impact from the pandemic, while 53.1% of manufacturers anticipate a change in operations and 35.5% of manufacturers are facing supply chain disruptions.
Incorporating best practices and regularly analyzing your live data against a set of specific and appropriate metrics will go a long way in aligning production planning and scheduling, as well as generally streamlining manufacturing operations.