Production Machining

APR 2018

Production Machining - Your access to the precision machining industrial buyer.

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Scheduling Software Helps Shop Protect Due Dates By Bart Bishop O ver the last decade, some OEMs have experienced a paradigm shift in customer demand. At first, there was a demand for quality, but five years ago the focus shifted to price. In 2018, however, there's been a shift yet again to expecting deliveries to be on time. To keep these deliveries on time and to stay competi- tive, a company must find efficient scheduling software that takes minimal management and can automate the scheduling process. Unfortunately, shops that have been using the same scheduling software for years may not be reaching their deadlines for many reasons, ranging from order size to mismanagment of priorities. Saturn Industries Inc. (Hudson, New York) is a shop that had been struggling with staying on time. It has been designing and fabricating EDM electrodes and tooling since 1959 and has been doing in-house job shop work geared toward milling, turning and producing micro- EDM units. But after using the same electronic resource planning (ERP) system since 2002, the evolving demands of the industry necessitated change. According to Rory Lee, business development manager at Saturn, the former system was an all-in-one package that was unsuccessful multiple times in facilitating an effective schedule for the company. "Every job is different," Mr. Lee says. "e scheduling system that was being used would have worked great if we had a handful of parts that we were mass producing. But because we have a diverse portfolio of products and machining capabilities, it doesn't really gel." At the Eastec 2017 trade show, however, Saturn was CASE IN POINT 38 PRODUCTION MACHINING :: APRIL 2018

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