After you have determined that you have met the criteria to start production, you will need to communicate the plan to the employees who will implement it.
Communicate the plan
After you have determined that you have met the
criteria to start production, you will need to communicate the plan to the
employees who will implement it. You can plan the production on spreadsheets,
databases or software which usually speeds the process up. However, a visual
representation is preferred as a means to communicate operation schedules to
floor employees. Some businesses post work orders on boards or use computer
monitors to display the floor schedule.
The schedule also needs to be available to
employees ahead of time and kept up to date.
One of the many challenges of production planning
and scheduling is following up with changes to orders. Changes happen every
day; you may lack materials; delivery time is moved up or work parameters have
to be adapted. You will need to adjust your plan in line with these changes and
advise the plant. Dealing with change is not always easy and may take as much
effort as creating the original production plan. You will need to follow up
with the various departments involved in order to rectify any problems. As
well, computer software can be helpful in tracking changes, inventory,
employees and equipment.
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