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Plan For Every Part

Plan For Every Part (PFEP)

Collaborative application used to document the storage and delivery plan for every part, with the ability to support execution and analysis

Part Data Accuracy in a Single Location

PFEP defines where and how parts are received, stored, and delivered in the plant; as well as how the material is moved.

Proplanner's PFEP approach is designed to synchronize with the Engineering Change Orders (ECOs) that come from Product Engineering as well as updated Line Balancing task (and subsequent part) assignments that come from Process Engineering. 

With these upstream integrations, changes to a line balance or a product line's BOM can quickly and accurately be identified and addressed in the logistics plan. Through easy-to-use workbenches, PFEP can flag required part location changes to quickly and easily categorize parts into those that need to be relocated from, added to, or removed from each workstation and supermarket. 

Integration with Execution Systems

PFEP directly feeds the eKanban and eKitting systems with the up-to-date information needed to deliver carts and containers to the line. These systems capture actionable information about part replenishment lead times and container cycling counts. With this feedback loop, engineers can intelligently adjust part and container quantities at each location to better reflect actual inventory requirements based on the current responsiveness of the plant's internal logistics system.

Central Repository for Flow Study Data

Material flow studies can provide visual and quantified information that can be used to make informed decisions about part delivery methods, storage and lines layouts, etc. and can lead to tremendous cost savings when the data used is complete and accurate. Finding or maintaining such data is often the greatest inhibitor to successful flow studies. PFEP inherently provides all of the part routing and delivery data needed to complete a flow study and greatly simplifies the process of maintaining this data. 

How is using Proplanner PFEP different than using Microsoft Excel or Access to maintain part plans?
Many companies store detailed logistics information in one or multiple spreadsheets or Access databases. With this approach, part data often becomes quickly obsolete and it is difficult for multiple users to access the data at the same time. Logistics data needs to be easily accessible, updated, and analyzed. 

In addition, those standalone files have no connection to any other system, which means that part data cannot be received from PDM or ERP and must be updated completely manually, modified delivery plans cannot be provided on the fly to the material handling team, and actual delivery data cannot be fed back into the files to make future changes. These are a few of the benefits of using Prolanner's PFEP. 

Proplanner's PFEP brings delivery, storage, and layout planning and delivery execution together:

  • Allows ability to know where each part is consumed at any given time.
  • Serves as the single source for part logistics data. 
  • Eliminates static material handling documents and instead automatically updates logistics data to reflect engineering design and process changes.
  • Drastically reduces manual data-entry errors and part shortages on the shop floor.
  • Generates part and rack labels in same system as data is managed.
  • Allows engineers to adapt easily to part and container quantity and delivery requirements as design and process requirements change.

Proplanner provides a single system for engineers to create a plan for manufacturing. We suggest you review these solutions next:

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