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Staff Planning System
The road to efficient planningWe are on our way! By the end of September we made a head start in defining the Staff Planning System. From a short list of suppliers the project team selected SUMit to supply us the Staff Planning System.
Now it is up to us to define this system, which is developed and constructed to match our requirements.
We did not select a standard software package, but one that closely matches SCA's specific requirements. Requirements include usability, clarity of system and the wish for decentralised planning, as our factory does not have a central staff planner, but about 40 decentralised planners, resource operators and resource heftruck drivers.
On September 29th
we started the first phase of the project, being the
In oder to list all of SCA's requirements, SUMit
structured them and other demands in a formalised and professional way,
The first part of this session was to clearly chart the responsibilities and tasks of the Resource Operators, Machine Coaches, the production planning department and HR. Many of us found this very enlightening. Our resource operators are and will be the driving force of our staff planning.
The second part, which was designing the planning screens was an easier step. Questions showed that SUMit's approach was on the right track. We did make some changes asdirected by the work group.
The final part was about reporting. These reports are important allowing us to monitor our goal which is efficient staff planning. Team members also started this part with enthusiasm and transferred the necessary information.
On the whole it was a successful first session which was supported with input from the work group. The project will be completed in mid-December. I wish everybody lots of success with this project.
Leo van den Braken
|Key users: Resource Operators||Machine Coaches||Project Leader|
The key users have explained to SUMit their day to day decentral 24 hour planning for the many high-tech machines.
They have tested all designs, from the first rough pencil sketches till the final system, until the design matched the real life situation.
At implementation the key users played a crucial role in training their fellow planners.
They have set up the production system for a smooth implementation.
|Leo van den Braken
Mister van den Braken is head purchasing at SCA Gennep.
As project leader he implemented the Staff Planning System within deadline and budget.
His flexible, creative mind set was essential for the success of this