Production Planning and Scheduling Training Course Outline

Section One: Overview  

Module One: How Technology and New Software Are Changing Manufacturing 

  • Industry 4.0
  • The Smart Factory 
  • Cloud Computing 
  • The Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Material Requirements Planning (MRP), and Manufacturing Resource Planning II (MRP II)
  • Robotics 
  • 3D Printing 
  • Blockchain or Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT)
  • Predictive Analytics 
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Virtual/Augmented Reality 
  • Advanced Materials 
  • Nanotechnology 

Module Two: Manufacturing 

  • Customer Influence in the Manufacturing Process 
  • Process Categories 
  • Order Qualifiers and Winners 
  • Market Issues 
  • Economic Indicators 
  • Process Analysis and Information Flows 
  • Process Mapping and Analysis 
  • Advantages of Process Mapping 
  • Types of Process Mapping Charts 
  • Process Mapping/Flowcharting 

Module Three: Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP)

  • Purpose 
  • Primary Source for Planning 
  • Primary Objectives 
  • Consensus Meeting 
  • General Design 
  • Balancing Resources 
  • Issues to Consider
  • Development of the Plan 

Module Four: Forecasting 

  • Major Categories of Forecasts 
  • Forecasting Methods that Improve Supply Chain Performance 
  • Qualitative Forecasting 
  • Quantitative Forecasts 
  • Explanatory Methods 
  • Time Series Analysis 
  • Regression 
  • Forecast Error
  • Mean Forecast Error (MFE)
  • Mean Forecast Error (MFE)
  • Mean Absolute Deviation (MAD)
  • Tracking Signal

Module Five: Accountability 

  • Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
  • Performance Indicators (PI)
  • Annual Performance Reviews 
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • What KPIs Should Indicate 
  • Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)

Section Two: Production Management

Module One: Production Planning, Scheduling, And Control

  • Production Roles and Duties 
  • Production Manager
  • Production Planner
  • Maintenance Planner
  • Production Scheduler
  • Production Supervisor
  • Production Activity Control (PAC) Planning and Scheduling Best Practices 
  • Why is PAC Necessary? 
  • Separate Department
  • To Get the Department Out of a Reactive Mode, the Planner Must Focus on Future Work 
  • The Job Plan 
  • Kitting and Staging 
  • Planner’s Daily Timeline 
  • Feedback 

Module Two: Inventory Management

  • Maintaining Accurate Inventory Records 
  • Basic Concepts 
  • Costs of Inventory 
  • Costs of Not Having Inventory 
  • Inventory Management Metrics 
  • Economic Order Quantity (EOQ)
  • Reorder Point or Minimum Quantity 
  • Safety Stocks 
  • Inventory Turnover

Module Three: Just-In-Time and Lean Production 

  • Actions to Address Uncertainties and Challenges Within a Production System  
  • What is Kanban? 
  • Andon Board 
  • Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

Module Four: Theory of Constraints 

  • The TOC Five-Step Process 
  • Root Cause Analysis 
  • When to Perform a Root Cause Analysis 
  • The  Rs of Root Cause Analysis 
  • How to Do a Root Cause Analysis 
  • Forms of Root Cause Analyses 

Module Five: Purchasing and Distribution 

  • Purchasing 
  • Vendor Compliance Agreement (VCA)
  • What Can This Department Do to the Company? 
  • Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI)
  • Distribution/Logistics 
  • What Can This Department Do for the Company? 
  • What Can This Department Do to the Company? 
  • Service Level Agreement (SLA)
  • Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP)