So ill start by apologising about my dump/overload of information here…
This is interestsing to read your responce so thank you
i just wanted to explore my situation with you so, for high running stock items (Make to stock finished goods), we cut lengths down to size, stock components/Piece parts, pick components(Sub question on that) and then feed bots or hand weld bays (some product can be done on both), to produce sellable raw material requiring paint… finish prod ready to go, pick and pack the fixings and fasteners and then its ready to ship basically… Im assuming my operations would be as simple as:
–Set up time-- Fixed value
Op10 - Cut
–Request Feed of Components–
–Set up time-- Fixed Value
Op20 - Weld
–Loading Time-- Fixed Value
Op30 - Paint
Op40 - Available For Dispatch
Does that sound sensible? or am i really over simplyfying my understanding of it??
Now we also have product that is Final assembled from a number of smaller “sub assembly” components that need painting, so paint them, then assemble them to a finsihed product that is run either Make to stock or Make to order… its one or the other we stock “make to order” due to no Sales Forecast.
I dont know what to set my parts up as - pull from stock or make to order in turn, and use a forecast/demand to drive the requirements my heads spinning.
----My sub question i had was, our robots do batches of 200pc to get the most out of the setup and required demands, but the size of the product means we would have to do multiple picks of components and multiple jobs of cutting components to feed these robots when they run… how does that work in terms of picking and feeding----- doing fencing that is minimum 4m x 4m in batches of 200 per order alot of footprint in raw material storage so stocking all the components at 1 time for the runs on the robots will cause concern physically I think, what they do now is cut and feed just very inefficiently - im getting the vibe Finite here on these items…
However we also do some product that is not stocked finhed items and the finished products marked as MTO (Make to order), Process currently being that we dont stock the components and make these to Sales Orders as they come in (Terrible lead times due to the adhoc nature and confusion in manufacutring of doing 1 off requirements here and there kills our nesting, programming the lot when they are dropped in) … However in my head if we stock the components in a minimum sales order quantity we could convert this material quickly to finished product and not interupt the stock items flowing through en-masse allowing finite Just in time method to run the stock items and run mins on the make to order items, just needing a decent sales forecast…
we also then have engineered to order - a whole other beast that i cannot begin to think about, but just manage manually hahahaha
Again sorry for mass overload im just brain dumping to pro’s and users as i may find someone in a similar boat to me that i can relate to and get a better understanding of how they run their set up
Thank you all