In many production processes, one of the main goals that advanced planning systems (and finite capacity scheduling systems in particular) are called to satisfy is that of being able to elaborate production schedules able to increase resource productivity and cut down on overall set-up time.
The reduction in the overall set-up time leads to free up production capacity that can then be conveniently used for production activities.
Generally speaking, most resources – regardless of the technology used and the industrial sector in which they are employed - have one characteristic in common, and that is the "dependency" of set-up time on the sequence of items/products to be manufactured on that particular resource. Sequencing production of items that have identical or similar attribute values (referring for instance to size, colour, diameter, materials, etc.) or which need identical or similar production tools (moulds for example) leads to significant time savings in terms of set-up time required for product changeover.
For this reason, COMPASS scheduling algorithm supports advanced and sophisticated dynamic sequencing and rhythm wheel production techniques, allowing to define rules and constraints and thus optimise productivity on each resource in the production process. Set-up matrixes, minimum quantities per attribute, rhythm wheel constraints for specific categories of items and many other parameters enable COMPASS to generate optimal production schedules with the lowest possible overall set-up time.