Q: Is there a method by which once you know the number of workers you will need next month you can make adjustments in advance through the use of part-time workers and thus decrease personnel costs? Can you know what it will be for each day?

A: When a production schedule is prepared one result will be the appearance of a load graph. If you have future unofficial estimates or sales forecast information that data will be stored as manufacturing data and the making of a schedule will make the load on equipment and personnel known.


The ability to see what the load will be in the future could for example allow us to derive what personnel numbers are needed next month and we can make the first move in cutting down labor costs. By designating process bottlenecks and making efficient use of TOC (theory of constraints) bottlenecks the entire plant throughput can be increased.

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