Label and packaging converters are being continuously challenged to optimise their scheduling to increase efficiency and to process more orders, faster and better. Considering the ever-growing number of orders, expanding printshops and shorter lead times, trying to manually manage your scheduling is growing into a herculean effort. The new CERM scheduling optimisation tool handles these fast-changing situations and provides the best solution according to predefined parameters.
The primary objective of the CERM Optimiser is to schedule all jobs, or as many as possible, to be delivered on time. Subsequently, all actions will be sequenced to minimise makeready time to ensure the most efficient scheduling solution. When processing, the optimiser fully complies with a predefined set of rules such as available machine capacity, efficiency gain parameters and identical machines while avoiding any overlaps.
Although the CERM Optimiser has just been launched, CERM is already looking forward to new ways to improve the next generation of its brand-new scheduling tool. The availability of resources will be considered when optimising and tasks should only be scheduled when these required resources become available. These being detailed instructions that will have a big impact on the results and improve the usability of the CERM Optimiser tool even further.
“This AI, cloud-based scheduling engine will have a very big impact on our customers. The scheduling operator will only have to solve incidents and last-minute urgencies. Structural capacity issues will become clear. I’m convinced that many will decide to make lead times longer for ‘exceptional’ jobs and shorter for standard jobs,” says Geert Van Damme – Managing Director at CERM. “And this is only the start. We will keep on improving this tool, closely together with our customers, as they are used to!”
For optimal use of the CERM Scheduling Optimiser it is recommended the latest CERM 7.28 version should be updated first.