Workforce management – optimal resource planning with ipolog
Manufacturing several products with different equipment requirements on one assembly line requires a lot of preplanning and the right tools for employee scheduling. Incorrect planning can lead to long wait times in which no added value is created.
Simulate workflows in your production with ipolog to maximize productivity. Find out here how this is possible.
Why is workforce planning so important for your company?
You have great employees with unique and special skills. The challenge lies in correctly scheduling them over the year and utilizing their abilities most effectively. As a shift planner you must also be able to react quickly to unplanned situations, such as sick leave or other emergencies. A system is needed that automatically maps and adjusts the optimal utilization of resources and capacities in a system, while still considering illnesses and differing abilities.
Workforce planning deals with the optimal deployment of available assembly employees based on current conditions and competence requirements. The focus here is on achieving the goals required by production with a minimal use of resources.
Do you also face the following challenges in your employee scheduling?
Changes in employee scheduling
You are confronted every morning with changes in employee attendance – illnesses, family emergencies or the unplanned traffic jam. There are many reasons for spontaneous change, but this is no longer a headache for you. ipolog can automatically assign the required and available employees to the scheduled jobs based on a stored competence matrix.
Changes in the production program
Your customer makes a change to the order quantity or there are mixed model variations. In the past this would have been a major issue. ipolog allows you to relax and stay in control of the situation. The ipolog software calculates the required number of assembly workers based on the current production program and shows the effects if there is not enough planned capacity.
Unreliable work planning
It all happens at once: Your employees have to be distributed differently, the existing capacities of the respective shift have to be planned sensibly, and you have to keep an eye on the production program. ipolog ensures efficient and reliable work scheduling, so that you can see in advance what the changes in the production program will bring to you and your team.
Good workforce management is simply a must!
Our mission is to ensure efficiency and sustainability in strategic and tactical planning for assembly and daily operations.
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Recognize the advantages of employee scheduling with the help of software
Software-supported personnel planning provides enormous relief in the daily planning of staff deployment and completion of the workload. In our ipolog software individual work processes are displayed on monitors.
This is why your employee scheduling should be done in our ipolog tool!
Workforce management with ipolog software allows you to combine several advantages to achieve major improvements in the productivity of your assembly. Comprehensive planning in ipolog helps you to see where you can save resources and our 3D simulation allows you to test various scenarios in order to achieve enormous time savings in work preparation.
The automatic assignment of tasks to your employees gives you time for more important things. There’s no longer a need to manually think about the daily scheduling of employees in an Excel spreadsheet. Our software suggests when an employee at any given workstation should take over a certain task.
Being overworked or underchallenged is a thing of the past. Flexible rescheduling and automated planning in an integrated system makes daily work easier.
Reschedule employees at the push of a button
With our ipolog software, changes in staff availability are no longer a headache. ipolog can automatically assign the required and available employees to the scheduled jobs based on the stored competence matrix.
Automatically adapt employee planning to changed production program
With ipolog, you remain in control of the situation even if the model mix fluctuates or the number of pieces is adjusted. The ipolog software always calculates the required number of assembly workers based on the actual production program or shows the effects if there is insufficient planned capacity.
Efficient work preparation
The ipolog software ensures efficient and reliable work preparation, so that you, as the person responsible for assembly and logistics, can see in advance what is in store for you and your teams as a result of changes in the production program.
How to achieve optimal workforce planning without Excel
Workforce planning is a part of ipolog’s continued vision in the field of operative planning and control. The following steps lead the way to perfect workforce planning:
1. Structure of a digital twin
The starting point is found in the digital twin that is created in assembly planning with ipolog. The model includes optimally timed assembly processes and detailed station assignments. An order sequence from the production program planning considers a wide variety of product variants. This makes the exact product sequence and detailed assembly instructions clear.
2. Import of personnel information
Further planning input with employee information is easily imported from Excel. This includes employee availability and competence matrix (who can work at which stations). The listing of priorities is done in ipolog.
3. Planning Preview
A preview of production for the following shift, tomorrow, next week, or next month- whatever you need. Ipolog shows the requirements and provides planning reliability for order-related, efficient employee scheduling.
Our ipolog software also offers the possibility to move related work modules within a cycle or to occupy one or more workstations per cycle.
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Optimal assembly line utilization and personnel planning at Max Holder GmbH:
- Better utilization of assembly staff
- Staff rescheduling at the push of a button
- Time savings in resource planning