Pharmaceutical plants frequently use a mix of planning and scheduling tools to optimize their production resources, including spreadsheets, open source tools, commercial software and home-grown applications. These planning resources exist in silos and require continual work to synchronize. They also inhibit the realization of smart factories as outlined in Industry 4.0 principles. SmartFactory Rx Operations Productivity interfaces with your ERP system, providing an easy-to-use integrated automation framework for developing and optimizing production plans that includes automated scheduling, dispatching and reporting. Users of this framework can improve cycle times by up to 50%, reduce component idle times by 7% and improve load balances by 30%.
Reclaim hidden capacity and resolve bottlenecks
Automate scheduling and rescheduling, executing business rules in response to real-time events, to optimize resource utilization, production duration and changeovers. The rule integration framework facilitates quicker and better operational decisions, while optimization engines determine how to maximize use of a plant’s busiest resources, improving plant performance and reliability.
Simulate Better Performance
Users can now generate plant simulations and set production rules through an icon-based interface. No software coding is required to generate dispatching rules, whether for a model or production environment. With rule-based dispatches grounded in accurate modelling and simulations, more intelligent scenarios and automated decisions drive improvements in labor usage, WIP and plant-demand forecasts.
Improve dispatching effectiveness
Plant engineers can develop customized rules and implement real-time dispatching and reporting to improve scheduling effectiveness in areas such as pre-staging, media and buffer prep, lot release and equipment load-sharing.