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Schedlyzer Lite -
Powerful Software for Job Shop Scheduling
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industries are engaged in order-driven, high-variety, discrete
production where multiple work orders are simultaneously
processed using limited resources. Any job shop engaged in
high-mix, low-volume (HMLV) production usually belongs to this
class of industries.
Management of such production is a
difficult task for many job shops. It is a real challenge for
those shops to efficiently handle rush orders as well as changes
in order priorities and get maximum throughput and on-time
delivery using limited resources. As mentioned in our article on
scientific management of job shop production,
powerful scheduling software not only
create high quality schedules but also offer intelligent
decision support for production management by facilitating fast
and extensive what-if analysis of workflow. However, being small
in size and revenue, many job shops cannot afford a lot of money
for such software. We are offering a powerful, low-cost
scheduling tool, Schedlyzer Lite for order-driven production
units to meet this need. A brief
YouTube video of this tool
without details is available on the
Schedlyzer Lite is created from our main
scheduling software tool,
Schedlyzer by removing some
features which are not essential for generating high-quality
schedules. The primary purpose of this creation is to
drastically reduce the
price of our scheduling software to the level of
$2,000 (one time
payment) for most job shops. To generate a high-quality
schedule, Schedlyzer Lite is almost as powerful as Schedlyzer.
It is based on a versatile scheduling paradigm and advanced
scheduling algorithms and is an outcome of several years of
research and practical experience in scheduling. For many job
shops, this low-cost tool can still give a better schedule than
any other commercial job shop scheduling software. In a single
exercise, it can schedule up to 25,000 production operations
subject to all major constraints in production.
Schedlyzer Lite with
Excel Interface: Excel is the most widely used
tool for production scheduling even among job shops. In many
industries, schedulers import the data needed for scheduling
from an ERP/MRP system to Excel or create it in Excel. They
apply some logic to the data for generating a corresponding
schedule. Using an Excel interface, Schedlyzer Lite reads input
data from an Excel file and generates a much better schedule
than the schedules generated within Excel. It enables schedulers
to take full advantage of the power and convenience of Excel
along with our rigorous scheduling logic and interactive graphic
features. People who currently depend on production schedules in
Excel can find a lot of practical value in Schedlyzer Lite.
Schedlyzer Lite is beyond the capability for rational timing
of operations with proper resource assignment. It facilitates
fast and extensive what-if analysis of schedules and proactive
capacity planning. It also helps achieve the best shop
performance from limited resources. While generating a
meaningful schedule almost instantaneously, the tool also helps
find quick, right answers to many important questions such as:
Schedlyzer Lite is developed
for neither real-time job tracking on shop floor
nor real-time scheduling although it can be configured to do both if
real-time job progress is recorded by some other system. This
very appropriate when people look for a powerful, low-cost
scheduling tool with intelligent decision support (for producion
management) rather than a schedule information system.
Schedlyzer Lite is also very useful for resource-constrained,
multi-project scheduling in production environment and
resource-constrained workload scheduling in general.
- How to expedite an urgent job without drastically affecting completion times of other jobs?
- How does a change in job priority (or job due date) affect workflow and completion time of every job?
- How does a breakdown of a busy machine affect workflow and completion times of jobs?
- How does the absence or overtime of a worker affect workflow and completion times of jobs?
- How does an extra shift with some machines and workers
reduce WIP and lead times and improve on-time delivery and throughput?
- How does material delay for a job affect the entire production schedule?
- How to do proactive capacity planning for reducing lead times and improving on-time delivery?
- When to start each job based on current workload and resource capacities for minimal WIP and lead times?
- How to manage a hot job with minimal damage to the existing production schedule?
- Which operations can be outsourced, if possible, for achieving maximum shop throughput?
A Free, Fully Functional, 60-day Trial Copy:
Practical utility of a scheduling tool for any specific
can be correctly evaluated by using it with real data for some
For this reason, we freely offer
duly configured, fully functional, 60-day trial copy of
for a free trial copy.
Before giving the free trial copy, we would first present a live web demo of Schedlyzer
Lite and configure the copy as required for your system. We would also offer you free help during trial runs.
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