Customer-oriented manufacturing companies need production planning tools that help them to fulfill orders in a fast and flexible way. At the same time, these tools should keep production costs as low as possible, and eliminate all the unnecessary fluctuations of the production load. These challenges can only be met if companies exploit state-of-the-art planning technologies to their full potential. Planning tools must perform real optimization, and generate production plans in an efficient, automated, and reproducible way.
Unexpected production demands raised by changing market conditions, late deliveries by suppliers, equipment break downs etc. necessitate a quick response to manufacture goods successfully. The function of real-time production control is to adapt the production system to the changing environment, while preserving efficiency with respect to cost, time and quality requirements.
The following four principles need to be implemented to make real-time production come true: