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Manufacturing Planning

Manufacturing planning involves mapping out production from raw materials to the end product. Planning ensures that all plant and production lines’ daily or weekly schedules meet current orders and forecasted demand. Manufacturing planning may be broken down into steps: preparing, routing, scheduling, dispatching, and reviewing.

What Small and Midsize Businesses Need to Know About Manufacturing Planning

SMBs can use manufacturing planning to get a clear picture of everything involved, from process to end production. The process provides an understanding of the materials and production cycles needed to meet customer demand. In addition, planning helps avoid bottlenecks in production, reduce wastefulness, prevent defects, and increase quality. Manufacturers can use several tools, from spreadsheets to production planning software, to meet manufacturing planning.

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