GE Fanuc's Proficy Scheduler puts finite capacity scheduling at planners' fingertips

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, has introduced Proficy Scheduler. This interactive, visual tool helps planners create and maintain more dynamic and effective production schedules based on resources and asset capacity. The software provides an integrated view of the production plan and resources across the plant. This enables users to balance the plan with the impacts and constraints of resources such as materials, energy, labor, equipment and delivery times. It graphically shows the consequences of the plan into the future, so a better plan is possible. The results:

  • Reduce order lead time by up to 30%
  • Improve delivery date conformance 
  • Improve plant operational efficiency by up to 20% 
  • Decrease time spent on planning activities by up to 50% 
  • Increase responsiveness to production variations 
  • Reduce order inquiry response time to minutes 
  • Detect and avoid bottlenecks and materials shortages in advance 
  • Reduce inventory safety stocks and expediting

Proficy Scheduler operates as a stand-alone system or fully integrated with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and/or Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES).

Proficy Scheduler is flexible with easy-to-use tools to define equipment and personnel resources, primary and secondary resource capacity calendars, and product routings. It can be configured to the needs of manufacturers of varying types and sizes, and they can easily and effectively accomplish tasks such as:

  • Advanced schedule optimization
  • Forward and backward planning 
  • Extended plan horizons 
  • Project resource planning 
  • Manpower planning 
  • What-ifs with material and inventory simulation 
  • Sequence and group planning 
  • Booking of facilities and equipment
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