In a previous blog entry, we discussed flexis job shop scheduling and management software and the value this solution provides OEMs in optimizing their planning and production programs from the earliest stages of order planning through execution on the production floor. While job shop scheduling software is certainly a value proposition in and of itself, it’s actually part of a larger trend throughout the automotive industry toward the integration of planning and data management systems to create the digital transformation of the manufacturing process.
In today’s global supply stream, companies are under increased pressure to speed up, scale, and distribute integration capabilities to streamline existing processes and leverage more efficient planning and production strategies. The end result of this push for integration is the aforementioned digital transformation, which has the potential to create more responsive, agile, and personalized relationships with customers, suppliers, and partners. This is crucial in today’s complex supply network as companies strive for enhanced visibility and transparency in a variant-rich industry that demands the ability to respond to a variety of unknown variables such as inventory concerns, modifications to orders, and availability of resources.