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Variable Distribution Scheduling Advisor for Complex Configured Entities

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000185048D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Jul-08
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Jul-08
Document File: 3 page(s) / 66K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

At a high level the invention provides an automated program that monitors and tracks the distribution entity through out the mfg process. It tells mfg when / if there is a problem and will give recommendations about what to do about the problem. There are 3 core functions of this process: 1.) Monitors orders as they move through the mfg process. It uses a predicted time to completion analysis and elements of a self learning mfg workload planning tool to determine when the entity will complete the mfg process and be ready for shipment to the customer. 2.) It analyzes entity status to build an overall view of the distribution landscape: - What entities are ready to ship now - What entities will be ready to ship at what times - What entities are predicted to make their scheduled ship dates - And, most importantly, what entities are in danger of not making their scheduled ship dates. 3.) After analyzing the completion times to determine if the entity will complete the process ahead of or behind the scheduled ship date the program will do the following things. a. If it will complete ahead of the ship date mfg is notified of the approximate time the order will complete. b. If it does not look like all orders in the entity will complete ahead of the ship date it will give mfg a warning and provide a recommendation as to whether the entity should be split into separate shipments. c. This warning also gives mfg time to react in an effort to make sure the order ships on time. d. If a split is recommended and selected, the split will be automatically performed according to the recommendation.

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Variable Distribution Scheduling Advisor for Complex Configured Entities

The first step in the program is to determine when a distribution entity will be ready to ship. The program / process will pick a distribution entity for a given ship date and analyze each unit of work 1 by 1 to determine how long it will take for each unit of work to complete the manufacturing process.

The process determines when all units of work will be complete by using elements of Self Learning Mfg Work Load Planning tool to obtain an average cycle time

for a given unit of work an project that forward in time and uses Predictive Time to Completion to determine how long a given order has left in systems test. Based on analyzing data from these 2 tools it can determine when all units of work can be completed.

Analyze next Unit of Work

Start

Select Next Dist. Entity to Analyze

Unit of Work Complete?

Y N

N

 Additional Dist. Entities to Analyze?

A

Y

 Additional Units of Work to Analyze?

2

Y

Production Orders, Status, and Characteristics

Store Unit of Work Status

   Entity Characteristics

N

Select Next Remaining Operation

What Type of Operation?

Y

Test/Code Load Operation

Assembly/Distribution Operation

Lookup Stored Average Completion Time

Store Predicted Time for This Operation

N

 Additional Operations to Analyze?

G

H

  Calculate Predicted Time to Completion for this Configuration

2

   Entity Characteristics

The next step is to determine the entity status. This summarizes and stores the current status of the entity as will as gives a read out to manufacturing and distribution personal as to where each order with in the entity is at in the mfg process. This can be done on a real time basis.

Also, this coupled with the previous step give manufacturing and distribution a very

good status of where each order with in the entity is at and when it will be completed.

Determine the Entity Status

1

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A

Select Next Dist. Entity to Analyze

Select Next Build Entity to Analyze

Is Build Entity Complete?

Can this Build Entity Ship Separately?

Y

C

 Additional Dist. Entities to Analyze?

N

B

3

Y

Is Dist. Entity Complete?

Store: Ready for Distribution

 Entity Status and Recommendations

 Entity Status and Recommendations

N

2

   Entity Characteristics

 Additional Build Entities to Analyze?

Y

Y

N

C

B

N

A

1

Y

Y

  Machine Characteristics

3

Y

Store: Ready for Split/Dist.

Mfg/Customer Ship Selections

 Store: Ready for Dist. NoSplit

 Entity Status and Recommendations

N

3

3

3

3

N

A

Select Next Unit of Work to Analyze

 Additional Units of Work to Analyze?

 Entity Status and Recom...