Solutions automatically trims multiple grades in the same trimming session. Once qualifying orders are selected, lineups are generated using roll stock available at that time.
Solutions automatically considers upgrading orders with the goal of creating more cost effective lineups. The application weighs the decision to upgrade to a heavier board combination only when business rules permit and a cost savings exists. By configuring the board grades, we can specify the allowed upgrade path options for each grade that will be used in the Solutions scheduling strategy. For example, if you had 3 or 4 board grades that were within the same etc range, the scheduler may select all the grades at once. This will load all the orders in those grades into one screen. Upon selecting the required orders, Solutions will combine (keeping in mind the orders upgrade attribute) the orders in the most run/cost efficient manner.
ALTERNATE TRIMMING GRADES
If upgrading an order will improve the overall side trim loss, increase web utilization or reduce wet-end paper changes, Solutions will return that result set in the “Best Cost” solution displayed on the screen. If Solutions determines that the best cost efficient method is to schedule each in its own grade, it will do so. The approach helps improve corrugator through-put, thus providing cost savings.
Solutions includes a new method for calculating the cost of a schedule. Plants can use the original Opportunity Loss Cost calculation method, or a new Straight Cost Calculation method. This new method enables the plant to set costs for the following:
These combined costs will be displayed in the Solutions result set. The “Cost” result line will display the schedule that returns the most cost efficient schedule based on the plants “Cost” settings.
- Cost per Wet-end Paper Change Solutions® Trim System
- Cost per Slitter Change
- Cost per msf above the original msf for orders selected to schedule
- Cost per 100 feet for paper changes before a specified amount of lineal
- Cost per Percent Utilization below desired Target Utilization
- Cost of Upgrades