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PRODUCTION ACTIVITY CONTROL: 3-Day Class
Traditional Strategies for Order Release & Dispatching

OVERVIEW: This three-day class explores detailed applications and procedures relevant to production activity control methods used to satisfy corresponding build schedules provided by MRP for components and sub-assemblies, MPS for standard finished goods items, and final assembly scheduling (FAS) for custom assembled specials and other make-to-order products. Conceptual team-based simulations provided in this course focus on the methods and uses of Shop Floor Control, Detailed Capacity Planning, and Standard Product Cost.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course we look at scheduling and releasing manu_fac_tur_ing orders for finished goods, sub-assemblies, and components with emphasis on dispatching, capacity projections, status reporting, and inventory management functions required to support and execute MRP and MPS production quantities. Also in this course is a discussion of the Theory of Constraints (TOC) as applied to production environments. These planning functions are simulated using participant examples wherever possible. Conference Room Pilot test data unique to your planning challenges can be used to "prove" the validity of techniques and methods and encourage participant involvement.

The tools of work order management, inventory management, and detailed capacity planning will be utilized to properly schedule and load production areas without the constraint of material shortages or machine/assembly loading problems. Next we will focus on dispatching priorities, on-line reporting, status tracking and problem identification, and problem solving techniques to meet scheduled requirements. A simulation of material and equipment failures and strategic interventions and requirements via work orders, and shop floor dispatch lists, and detailed capacity planning are provided to test participant understanding of "closed-loop" communication and its importance. Performance measures, inventory management strategies, preventative maintenance, and accuracy requirements necessary to maintain a valid material plan are included.

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE: This detail-oriented course is recommended for all project team members. It is designed specifically for production managers, shop supervisors, dispatchers, schedulers and planners, materials managers, engineers, cost accountants, and product-line managers who need to understand the methods used to establish and maintain valid production schedules. Effective "closed-loop" communication and accountability in production environments is not possible without this course!

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