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Factory Scheduling

Factory or production scheduling, often termed finite scheduling or finite capacity scheduling (FCS), is a supply chain planning (SCP) technology designed to translate an operating plan into a granular set of daily manufacturing activities to fulfill planned orders. Supporting technology dissects the operating plan into specific work processes, optimizing the allocation of production resources against ongoing change and constraints to produce to the daily schedule. Traditionally, these applications have been batch-centric: Planning data is input daily, schedules are created in batch-planning cycles overnight, and changes between planning cycles are handled manually. Today, some factory scheduling tools can take current constraints, including resource (physical assets and raw materials) and appropriate staff availability, into account, interfacing back to planning systems so that they are continuously optimized based on the actual expected production.

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