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Smart Scheduling Drum Buffer Rope Software for Manufacturers

Revolutionize the way you schedule your shop

Do you have trouble getting orders out the door on time? Many custom manufacturers do because classic scheduling systems just don’t work for them. For traditional scheduling to work in your shop, you need to have consistent, accurate and reliable data. But as a custom manufacturer, creating products that you have never made before, that’s impossible. 


Meet Smart Scheduling, the only DBR (Drum-Buffer-Rope) scheduling tool available within an ERP systems! Smart Scheduling will completely change the way you schedule your shop by reducing lead times, increasing throughput, and getting everyone in your shop aligned and focused on the same priorities so you can respect your due dates. 


Instead of using complicated algorithms that churn out inaccurate schedules that need to be constantly reworked,  Smart Scheduling zeroes in on the heartbeat of your shop, and schedules around that heartbeat. 


DBR scheduling is based on the Theory of Constraints (ToC), and uses the fundamental principle that within any custom manufacturing plant there is a Drum—one, or a limited number of, scarce resources—which control the overall output of the plant. Increasing the capacity of the Drum is the only way to increase the capacity of your manufacturing shop. 


Using this theory, Genius ERP’s’ Smart Scheduling tool streamlines shop floor scheduling by identifying the Drum and then automatically prepares a detailed schedule that maximizes the capacity of the Drum. Buffers and Ropes are also put into place—mechanisms that ensure the Drum always operates at maximum efficiency. 


Simplify shop-floor scheduling and improve throughput and efficiency with the only DBR scheduling tool built for custom manufacturers. 


Available on-premise or in the cloud


Decrease Lead Times

If you are using a traditional manufacturing scheduling system, estimating delivery times is an educated guess at best. But Smart Scheduling lets you manage your shop better, and instead of constantly being caught up in the weeds, Drum-Buffer-Rope software keeps you running at maximum efficiency, meaning you can give your customers more accurate estimated delivery dates—and then, more importantly, follow through and deliver jobs on time.


Instead of jobs getting stuck at bottlenecks on the production environments, causing you to live in a world of constant chaos and delays, DBR scheduling prioritizes these problem areas in your shop. Jobs will no longer pile up at these work centers as your shop is precisely scheduled to ensure work is always flowing through these centers at a pace that they can handle—your shop is running at maximum efficiency and jobs flow through your shop with ease.


Increase Throughput

This is perhaps the biggest benefit of Smart Scheduling—as you are able to schedule your shop to its actual maximum capacity—you can increase your throughput. Instead of building a schedule based off of guesswork and inaccurate data, a DBR schedule is developed around, and built to support, the resource in your shop that slows you down, meaning Smart scheduling lets your shop run at its most efficient level and maximizes your throughput.


And when you improve your throughput and deliver more jobs on time, you will keep your customers happier and win more repeat business. 


Better communication and priority management

Smart Scheduling creates a detailed schedule in which each job and task on a project is prioritized and scheduled in turn. Every role and department in your shop will be better equipped, and miscommunications will become a distant memory. Managers and supervisors will be better able to set and manage priorities, as well as define and follow the throughput of your shop. Your sales team will be able to quote accurate due dates to your customers.


Production managers will always know what needs to be done and when, and Smart Scheduling will ensure that everyone in your shop is working on the task they need to be doing, to get jobs completed.  Your staff will be able to move smoothly from one job to the next, never having to question what job or task they should be prioritizing. 


Smart Scheduling gives you peace of mind that jobs will pass as planned through your shop, and out the door on time.


Key Features and Functionalities:

  • Job priority board
  • Milestone priority board to track and manage important milestones
  • Tools to simulate beginning and end dates
  • DBR calendar to simplify scheduling
  • Define and track throughput
  • Priority management system to prioritize bottlenecks
  • Labor scheduling and labor loading
  • Task scheduling

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