ARC Insights Reprint - Assembly Line Control & Sequencing
Industry trends and competitive pressures have caused manufacturers to
move from Build to Stock (BTS) based on a forecast and towards Assembly
to Order (ATO) with Just in Time (JIT) inventory management. However,
when using traditional methods, ATO and JIT conflict. With ATO, some
will want a large buffer of raw materials and work
in process (WIP) inventory to meet all possible configurations.
JIT demands low raw materials and
low WIP. Increased product proliferation and options
adds to this conflict.
Robust applications with rapid response to exceptions
are needed to manage the dynamic
environment of a rapidly moving assembly line
with its stations. Packaged applications have become
available to address assembly line sequencing, broadcast and control.
Rather than developing their own custom applications, manufacturers
should consider packaged software for next upgrade.