Backward Production Scheduling

The Backward Scheduling functionality of MRPeasy finds the latest suitable time in the production schedule for each manufacturing operation before a specified due date. Backward scheduling helps to lower inventory levels, shorten lead times, and improve customer satisfaction by enabling the use of Just in Time Manufacturing mode.

  • How to use backward scheduling functionality for scheduling production operations.
  • How to have the software automatically schedule manufacturing orders based on due dates from customer orders.

User Manual: Backward Production Scheduling

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The Enterprise plan of MRPeasy enables the use of backward production scheduling.

This functionality allows for planning production just in time for delivery.

With backward scheduling, you can set the due date and the software finds the latest free time in the production schedule when the operations can be performed.

There are several places in the software where this can be implemented:

  • Manual planning of manufacturing orders
  • Customer orders, by letting the software automatically schedule operations for just in time delivery
  • Procurement forecasting, to calculate purchase and manufacturing timing
Backward scheduling when creating manufacturing orders manually

When we are planning a manufacturing order, we first have to choose the product and the quantity to manufacture.

To use backward scheduling, let’s enter the “Due date.”

Now, the software has found the latest time to perform the operations before the due date. When we open the details, we see detailed timing information.

Let’s go back and save the manufacturing order to the schedule.

Automatic planning for just in time for delivery from customer orders

To enable fully automatic backward scheduling, first we must enable the “backward scheduling” option from the software settings.

Now, if we create a customer order, and want to use backward scheduling, we must enter a delivery date. We can enter a general delivery date, or a delivery date separately for each line, by which the products must be shipped.

To schedule manufacturing orders just in time for delivery, let’s click “check stock and book items,” select the option “create MOs for missing products,” and click “book all items.”

Now all the manufacturing orders will be scheduled according to the promised delivery dates.

On each line, we see the status of each product, which is updated automatically – if they are expected to be manufactured on time if they will be late, if they are ready for shipment, or shipped.

Using backward scheduling to estimate purchase timing in long-term procurement forecasting

If you have materials with long lead times, or if you make to stock according to a sales forecast, then using backward scheduling in the procurement forecasting function can be very helpful.

If you enter a due date for a product in the forecast, then the software will calculate the timings of operations and the latest order dates for materials, so that the manufacturing of products will be complete exactly by the due date.

In this video, we demonstrated how to use backward scheduling in MRPeasy.

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Keywords: Backward scheduling, just in time manufacturing, production scheduling, manufacturing resource planning, MRP

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