MQM - Machine Queue Management
For a textile plant manager each daily operation is a new challenge: unachievable delivery dates, raw material quality variances, machines break downs, operator’s skills, bottlenecks in the process chains, delays in the supply chain, etc.
There is a strong “customer need” for a tool supporting the plant manager to schedule and launch the operations and to react to sudden changes. However, the complexity of the textile production scenario has produced so far very poor answers to this strong need.
Datatex is filling the gap between “needs” and “solutions” with its new module: MQM - Machine Queue Management.
Datatex MQM – objective
MQM supports the plant manager for:
- On-time completion, respecting both the Production Order step dates and the final ship date
- Minimizing setup time, taking into account each step properties
- Minimizing WIP (Work-In-Progress). The Production Order steps can be scheduled “at latest possible time” (optional), thus reducing the inventory along with the production chain.
- To run on the optimal resource, checking the features of the step to be scheduled against the needed resource features.
Datatex MQM competitive advantages
- Designed for textile industry. It considers constraints and best-practices of the sector
- Work on-line, thus the planner take decisions supported by the latest information
- Flexible. It handles the many variables not to force a computer generated plan, but to support the planner to take the optimal decision.
Datatex MQM operations
- Real–time updating of production (to/from plant ERP system)
- Supports single scheduler for one facility, or multiple departmental users across multiple facilities
- It supports both Continuous and Batch operations (with capacities and batch sizes)
- It portrays current shop floor conditions with color–coded images to give instant insight into what is happening
Datatex MQM functions
- Simulations (“What if” scenarios), to choose the best plan
- User–defined views of the Plan or Bin
- Material flow calculations
- Additional / alternative resources for a step
- Printed reports for production to use.