Even with the variety of proven, advanced, and relevant planning tools available to help PCBA manufacturers
better plan and organize supply-chains, production schedules, and the overall manufacturing process, too many continue to rely on what’s comfortable and familiar: Excel.
It’s not cutting it. We know this. And that’s not to bash Excel – it’s a great tool for certain functions, it just wasn’t developed for the complexities of modern PCBA manufacturing.
Given today’s global challenges – more specifically both component and labor shortages for electronics manufacturers
– we must start looking beyond a static spreadsheet to address the numerous nuances and complications to achieving a smooth-running production operation. One of the key ingredients to a seamless manufacturing operation is a clear, adaptable, dynamic, and robust planning & scheduling tool.
Historically outside of Cogiscan’s scope, we recently added iTAC Software AG's Advanced Planning & Scheduling (APS)
product to our portfolio because we saw the need for an intelligent and dynamic tool from so many of our current clients.
The APS tool considers multiple requirements
in the planning process – including on-time delivery, available resources, current demand, cost considerations – and based on user input,
will then put together the ideal plan and schedule weighting what the user deems as most important – whether that’s on-time delivery or available employee resources.