Capacity Planning in the ETO Environment

Released on: February 14, 2008, 7:11 am

Press Release Author: Thomas R. Cutler

Industry: Software

Press Release Summary: Capacity Planning in the ETO Environment

Press Release Body: Capacity Planning uses the due dates on the deliverables as the
main parameter to provide Capacity Planning schedule information. The due dates are
backed off by a configurable lead time parameter and the required hours (divided by
department and/or work center) are put into the appropriate planning 'buckets'.

According to Randy Richel, P.Eng., CEO and General Manager of Canadian-based
Trakware, "Scheduling in a project-based environment can have a variety of meanings
and possible solutions. TRAKware approaches scheduling in three broad categories -
Capacity Planning, Capacity Management, and Finite Resource Scheduling. Customers
make the decision as to which level of scheduling functionality meets their needs
and can progress from the basic Capacity Planning scenario to full Finite Resource
Scheduling as their business requirements change."

A simple report is used to display the planning buckets out over a period of time.
Proposed projects and estimates can be overlaid to provide a planning forecast. A
typical time window for Capacity Planning is 1 to 12 months; this is further out
than Capacity Management or Finite Resource Scheduling. A schedule is typically a
simple list of work orders sorted by priority and due date. Capacity Planning
functionality is included as part of the projectTRAK module.

Trakware Systems is the worldwide leader in manufacturing execution system (MES)
solutions for engineer-to-order (ETO) and project-based manufacturers maximizing
both profitability and productivity. Trakware specializes in lean business-critical
functions such as estimating, advanced scheduling, job costing, production
management and labor as well as material shop floor data collection. TRAKware
software fully integrates with existing ERP systems, as well as major software
providers for financials, engineering design, optimization, payroll and wireless
interaction for mobile workers. Trakware recognizes ETO manufacturing as a process
and includes a wide range of industry sectors including Architectural Woodworking,
Cabinets, Store Fixtures, Doors and Windows, Furniture, Oil and Gas Fabrication,
Solid Surface, Metal Fabrication, Yacht-building, and Custom Electronics.

TRAKware Systems Inc.
Randy Richel, CEO

Web Site:

Contact Details: TRAKware Systems
1120-13 Mission Ave.
St.Albert, Alberta, Canada

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