ARC Insights Reprint - Assembly Line Control & Sequencing

Overview. 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.

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