FORMULAS AND EFFECTS
PACS uses formulas to calculate the duration of each order operation. All formulas are plant and machine specific and plants can include or exclude formulas for each machine as desired.
Customer service assigns a required dock time when entering an order. Using a configurable formula, PACS automatically calculates the time required for each order operation. Based on these calculated times, PACS works its way back from the required dock time to determine the start and end time for each operation. This information is fed back to a regular or electronic order entry system to aid in booking new orders.
PACS sorts and assigns a sequence number for orders behind each machine center on a point, cost and time basis. The point system uses an anchor order as the basis to start sort optimization.
Using a configurable sort algorithm for each machine center, PACS continuously sorts all orders and identifies which orders need to be corrugated.
PACS uses two machine specific time frame configurations:
- The Machine Workload Distribution time frame controls workload balance for machine centers.
- The Machine Workload Optimization time frame controls workflow sequencing through each work center.
Machine balancing is accomplished by using alternate machine information for each operation sent down from the corporate order system through an order interface. Alternate machines can be determined by the collection of historical run information.
Throughput improvement is achieved and demonstrated with the workload optimization of PACS Point System algorithm. Order Operations are moved to a compatible machine center if an improvement to runtime can be achieved. If the system receives notification of a downtime insertion or a workload imbalance due to a machine stoppage, PACS Planning and Converting Scheduling (PACS) automatically re-distributes and reoptimizes order operations over all machine cen
ORDER OPERATIONS - SORT & BALANCE
Late order operations are identified by PACS. Using the Point System, PACS will distribute late order operations to a compatible machine if the move will improve the orders actual end time. As a result of a change to an orders required end time, PACS will redistribute and balance all the machine centers affected.
SOLUTIONS UP/DOWNLOAD INTO PLANNING BOARD
Using the Planning Board, workload limits can be configured to specify the desired amount of hours of work in process and schedule orders for each individual machine. PACS identifies any “not scheduled” orders required for trimming and updates the list to the Solutions Scheduling Engine. When the Solutions Schedule is complete, PACS will automatically load the orders into Planning Board.
Capacity Charts provide graphic and numeric real-time information of the Plant’s backlog state. Information detailing hours booked, crewed, down, available for booking and more can be displayed. The Capacity Chart also provides a function for Sales to obtain order delivery dates.