One of the supply chain issues that COVID revealed was just how thin many companies run on the capacity planning side of the coin–knowing how much to produce, then having it stocked and on the shelves for when the demand rolls in. Some companies were fairly agile and could quickly shut down a plant in one country and shift production to a facility in another country to meet demand, some were able to add in a third shift seamlessly to keep the line rolling, but some…well, you know.
I See a Ship in the Harbor
It’s highly doubtful that anyone, even the wizards of Wall Street, had “global pandemic” or “Suez Canal blockage” on their forecast sheets of “bad things that could potentially happen to the global supply chain” two years ago, but why not? Sure, both of those are extreme examples, but production lines face human-scale problems all the time, problems that can take down an entire facility, and every company has faced a supply delivery issue at one point or another.
No matter how big or small they are, companies really should have contingency plans for disasters of any scope as something in the realm of possibility–along with a backup plan. And when you think about it, capacity planning is another way of thinking about contingency planning. If you live in a place prone to earthquakes, fires, or floods, then you’re familiar with the idea of having the right amount of supplies in the right place for when you need them. Granted, a business’s needs are much more complicated than your household’s, but the core concept is similar–you need to know you have what you need to have when you need to have it.
Make a New Plan, Stan
One of ketteQ’s core offerings is capacity and production planning. Our tools help you maximize manufacturing productivity by giving you real-time visibility into your inventory, your production capacity, and any raw material constraints. By seeing it all across the entire org, you can proactively prepare for unanticipated bottlenecks and swiftly pivot on a dime without costing you too many dimes. Can your Google sheet do this?
- Compare available and required manufacturing capacity for different process structures and plants
- Identify process bottlenecks and send an immediate alert to the correct person
- Give an optimal production plan, given capacity constraints
- Do demand-type prioritization between sales orders, forecast, and safety stock when allocating capacity
- Offer company-wide visibility into capacity
- Summarize the outputs at various aggregations of product groups, process structures, regions, and time intervals
- Support multiple units of measure
- Generate a weekly production plan dashboard with one-click export
Want to start pushing buttons to see what happens when you have to shut down a factory? Schedule some time with our CEO Cy, and he’ll walk through which one of our tools is best suited for your needs!