Production Scheduling Software That Drives Productivity & Profitability

Protected Flow Manufacturing™ resolves on-time delivery challenges in high-mix manufacturing environments, turning due dates from guesses to solid commitments. Now, manufacturers can capture more business, charge a premium for shorter lead times, and reduce the time between paying for materials and collecting from customers.

PFM provides the visibility and control to achieve 90-100% OTD without added capacity or heroic efforts.

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Protect Commitments to Customers

PFM lets you make due date promises with confidence. With real-time visibility on changing threat levels (the risk of jobs being late), your team can pivot to keep jobs on track.

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Make Shop Floor Scheduling Easy

PFM provides a clear priority for each operation, without complex finite scheduling. Rather than trying to plan (or guess) the use of each resource into future time periods, PFM dynamically prioritizes every work order in real time for optimal productivity and on-time delivery.

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Bring Scheduling and Visibility to Any ERP

PFM seamlessly integrates with your existing ERP, providing complete transparency between financial performance and production.

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Increase Profitability for Manufacturing

By giving you a competitive edge with shorter lead times and consistent OTD, PFM helps you sell more to existing and new customers at prices that improve your profit margins.

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PFM provides the visibility and control you need to meet all of your commitments.
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Get Answers for Shop Floor Execution

With PFM, you will always know the answers to critical questions like, “What should we work on now?” and “What should we work on next?” Even more important, you will be able to tell customers with confidence when they will get their orders, knowing the delivery dates are solid.

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Anticipate Issues and Adjust Accordingly

Other manufacturing scheduling tools assume that everything will go as planned. These plans quickly become out-of-date when “stuff” happens. PFM knows the unexpected will occur and dynamically adjusts resource assignments in real time to head off problems. The most current, accurate information is always in the hands of the people that need it. Job assignments are understood, trusted, and completed in the right order.

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Optimize Large & Small Jobs

The traditional approach scheduling prioritizes work orders by due date. PFM looks at due date and job duration to ensure that longer jobs are started at the right time (even if that means starting before shorter jobs that are due sooner). This approach optimizes resources across all jobs to avoid lateness.

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Stop the Constant Crisis of Rush Jobs

Expediting jobs is time consuming, costly, disruptive, and stressful for your team. PFM reduces the amount of “hot jobs” by monitoring work completed across all jobs in real time and reprioritizing automatically to keep all jobs on track for OTD.

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Connect with Your Manufacturing ERP

PFM can seamlessly be integrated or embedded directly into your existing manufacturing ERP system to augment and extend its functionality. If you don’t yet have an ERP, PFM can serve as a standalone scheduling platform.

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Enjoy Easy Setup and Maintenance

Traditional planning and scheduling software requires extremely high data accuracy and constant data maintenance to work. PFM makes things much simpler, allowing you to gain visibility on the status of every job and begin improving on-time delivery in a matter of days.

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Why our customers refer us.

Since implementing Protected Flow Manufacturing, our Throughput is up by about 250% and I can account that to the ability to get the data and make the right decisions.

David Marette, Executive Director
GAI
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The results were immediate. We went from four weeks late to three weeks late to two weeks late to one week late. And now, I can look out one month and see that we’re going to be one day, two days late on this job, but on time for that job.

Val Zanchuk, President
Graphicast
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We don’t "kick" all of the jobs to the shop floor at once like we used to. Putting too many jobs onto the shop floor prematurely burns up machine time. You utilize capacity before it needs to be used by putting all the jobs out on the shop floor at once.

Jeff Cederstrom, President
Arch Global Precision
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In the first couple months using PFM, our concentration was to just get rid of the backlog of late orders. Now, since February 2018, we’ve run four months in a row where we’ve been 90% or better on time with all of the orders coming through the door. That’s a dramatic turnaround!

Rory Lee, Business Development Manager
Saturn Industries
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Our team has been wanting something like PFM for a long time. Our production scheduler, in particular, was tired of just winging it. We fought with on-time-delivery for most of last year. Now we’re exactly where we want to be, operating much more efficiently and consistently getting jobs out the door on time.

Derek Segura, Project Manager
Streamline Industries, LLC
What to Expect with Production Scheduling using PFM
81%
decrease in lead time from 16 weeks to 3 weeks
3 Weeks
average time it takes to set up and implement PFM
66.7%
decrease in backlog in a few weeks

PFM's Uses the 3 Performance Principles of the Dynamic Production Method

Pragmatic Planning with Flexible Time Protection

Nothing ever goes exactly as planned in Production. Now, you don’t have to recreate a production schedule when that happens. Appropriate buffers are built into each job to provide an early warning and room for adjustment. As the buffer is used up and the risk of lateness increases, PFM automatically reprioritizes tasks in real time to support OTD across all jobs.

Proper Pacing to Prevent Bottlenecks

Putting materials into WIP too soon causes more problems than it solves. Instead of speeding up production, excessive WIP causes traffic jams in workflows and increases the risk of lateness. PFM keeps WIP at “just right” levels to keep things flowing smoothly and boost OTD. Users typically reduce WIP at least 20-30% in the first 6-8 weeks.

Predictive Prioritization with Proprietary Analytics

Traditional production scheduling software assigns future capacity to jobs. It must be re-run over and over as unplanned events happen. PFM simulates the use of your capacity and shows you what jobs are predicted to have problems and where these problems may occur. With a clear picture of the future, you can implement an action plan to deliver ALL jobs on time.

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