Production Target Quantity is a setting that you can enable in the Production Settings that allows you to measure your productivity against the ideal line cycle time vs. the demand feature, which may or may not use the ideal line cycle time when scheduled.
It can be used to show the target value the operators should achieve based on the 5 factors listed below.
How it works
The system is looking at some factors to determine what the target value should be for each pitch:
- Is the pitch active
- What is the operator count for this pitch
- What is the actual product being run during this pitch
- What is the cycle time for the actual product and for the operator count for the line/cell
- Is there any downtime minutes for this pitch
These known values are then used to determine the target quantity value to post in the pitch. The Target Quantity calculation uses the Line Cycle Time settings as follows:
- When setting Demand via eKanban, the pitch schedule, or any other means; the cycle time used comes from the Build Sequence of the Product Order. If there is no cycle time in the Build Sequence, the cycle time used comes from the cycle times table.
- The Target Quantity column uses the Line Cycle Times Table only and does not reference the Build Sequence. Therefore if you are using the Target Column, you'll need to input the Line Cycle into the table. (See below example)
Described below are some specifics of the types of production planning you may utilize. Along with these Production Planning specifics is a key point to the target quantity. You will notice that it can change throughout the pitch depending on certain factors like downtime and operator count.
In order for Target to be calculated correctly, Cycle Times must be defined in the Line Cycle Times section of CloudDISPATCH. (See above example)
E-Kanban: If you are using the e-kanban order functionality when you schedule orders, it will automatically reference the product-specific cycle time for the various orders. It will then set the target based on the available pitch minutes with the ideal cycle time. If you don't have product-specific cycle times, you must have at least one for "all products" so that it will know what cycle time to use.
Production without E-Kanban: If you would like to use the target column but aren't using e-Kanban, you will still need to have cycle times set up for either all products or specific products. When pitches are scheduled, they will default to the predefined "All Products" cycle time. But the product can be changed when you save the individual pitch record to reflect a specific product cycle time target if applicable.
Key Point: The Target value will take out the downtime when calculating the true target. Therefore, if you have a 30 second cycle time, you should make 120 parts in a typical 60 minute pitch. If you have 15 minutes of "impacting" downtime in a 60 minute pitch, the system will reduce your target for the pitch to 90 when the pitch is saved.