Backward Production Scheduling
By default, the software schedules the Manufacturing Order to the first available time, which is called Forward planning.
The Backward production scheduling allows setting a due date by which the product should be ready, and the software will try to find the latest possible time for the production to finish before the due date. This is very important in just-in-time manufacturing and delivery, so there would be minimal standing inventory of products.
The backward scheduling of production is available from the Enterprise plan. Functions which are enabled are the following:
- Setting the Due date when creating a new Manufacturing Order at Production planning -> Manufacturing Orders -> Create a new MO:
- will make the software schedule backward to find the latest available time,
- if it's not possible to finish by Due date due to lack of materials or capacity, the earliest time possible is scheduled.
- The setting Backward scheduling becomes available at Settings -> System settings -> Software settings, which when enabled:
- will make the software utilize backward scheduling back from the Due dates in the Customer Order, in case the Manufacturing Orders are automatically scheduled from the Customer Order.
- Setting the Due date in a Procurement Forecast, at Procurement -> Forecasts:
- will make the software use backward scheduling to find the latest time for Manufacturing Orders to start to be finished by Due date,
- and the latest times for Purchase Orders to be placed, so materials will arrive on time for manufacturing.
- How to use backward production scheduling?
- How to use backward production scheduling in Customer Orders?
Starting from the Enterprise pricing plan the software also allows backward scheduling. For backward scheduling:
- Start adding a new Manufacturing Order at Production planning -> Manufacturing Orders by clicking Create.
- Set the Due date, as a result:
- The software will try to find the latest possible time to finish Just-In-Time before the Due date. Ideally, the Manufacturing Order would be finished on the previous day.
- If it is not possible to finish before the Due date, the first available time is scheduled.
- Save the manufacturing order to put it on the schedule.
In customer orders, it is possible to set a general delivery date or a separate delivery date for every line. This is the day when the customer order should be ready for shipment.
For using backward scheduling from a Customer Order:
- Open the Customer Order
- Fill in the Due date(s).
- Click Check stock and book items.
- Check the option for "Create MOs for missing products".
- Click Book all items and confirm.
- The Manufacturing Orders have been created for missing products using backward scheduling to be available latest on the due date, if possible.
To utilize backward scheduling in Customer Orders, turn ON the option Backward Scheduling: Yes at Settings -> System settings -> Software settings.