Job Scheduling – (Jan 2020)

Job Scheduling – (Jan 2020)

BUSINESS CONSULTANTS ADVISE ENGINEERS ON CRITICAL COMPONENTS TO JOB SCHEDULING

Working smarter; that’s what it’s all about. NZ Engineer News has approached three of the most experienced business consultants working in the New Zealand engineering space to advise us on job scheduling for engineers. Here’s what they had to say:

IAN FEATHERSTONE, OWNER OF GLASS HALF FULL

I recommend you look for scheduling software that has a demonstrated track record of working effectively for the engineering sector where 100% of the clients using the software are engineers and other custom manufacturers, where by default the software has all the necessary functionality to cope with all the complexities that occur on factory floors. The latest scheduling software use tablets on the factory floor, where factory staff start and finish their jobs on their tablets which enables automatic updating of job status and live and accurate scheduling.

DAVID LAWRENCE, OWNER OF LEAN MANUFACTURING

I consult to over 140 engineers and other jobbing manufacturers throughout New Zealand and Australia on scheduling, shop floor productivity and lean manufacturing. I can say that the substantial majority of engineers still schedule manually using spreadsheets and do not schedule well at all.

My short hand advice to owners, production managers and management teams of engineering firms;

1 Stop using spreadsheets to schedule work. Spreadsheets are very time consuming, job status must be assessed and recorded manually then entered by staff or management manually, and in most case sequencing of tasks and capacity of tasks is not considered so the forward work schedule is not accurate

2 Invest in tablets for your factory floor and labour management and scheduling software

3 Use only scheduling software that where jobs and tasks are updated live from factory floor tablets…

I use ‘Empower Workshop Productivity and Scheduling Software’ developed here in Auckland, NZ

WARWICK RUSSELL, OWNER OF SMETRIC INSIGHTS

Software such as Empower Factory Productivity & Scheduling is a game changer for engineers. By using touch screens or tablets on the workshop floor jobs, factory staff and time on jobs are tracked in real time and there is visibility across the entire business; where teams and individual factory staff are at, where jobs are at, where the capacity constraints are and what conversations are needed with clients on priorities ahead of time, not after a late delivery.