Sabe answers the most important question - “What should I do next?”

Manufacturing companies constantly fight through a long list of work orders that must be built, sales orders that must be shipped, maintenance orders that have to be completed, purchase orders that need to be expedited, de-expedited or canceled, and planned orders that need to be released. But which is the most important? Onto which should the company focus its finite resources on to have the greatest positive effect and which has the greatest negative effect? What should I do next?!

Well, we’ve got a solution for that question. Actually, we’ve got a couple.

The first we call a Constraint Status. A Constraint Status is a small 100x20 graphic that visually describes the relative importance of an order, whether it’s a sales order with a due date or a replenishment work order or purchase order to ensure that we don’t enter into a material constraint. Constraint Statuses quickly describe how important this order is compared to other orders, and, when we sort orders by their Constraint Status we get a list of all work orders, planned orders, etc. sorted by their importance relative to each other.


Work Orders sorted by Start Date
Useless!

Work Orders sorted by Due Date
Not much better...

Work Orders sorted by Constraint Status
The topmost is the most important.  Easy!

 

Constraint Statuses make it easy to see what do to next - it’s on the top of the list!

But can we complete that work order or ship that sales order? Do we have the stock required? Constraint Statuses help with that as well; in the center of the Constraint Status is a small icon (see below) that indicates the availability of each orders' requirements. So not only do Constraint Statuses tell us how important an order is, they also tell us if we can complete the order. Not only “What should I do next?”, but “What can I do next?”


All of this order's material requirements are immediately available.

Replenishment plans exist to ensure availability of this order's material requirements as of their respective due dates.

Replenishment plans exist to ensure availability of this order's material requirements as of their respective due dates but one or more of these replenishment orders are past due.

One or more of this order's material requirements are due now but the given materials are in stockout.

 

Constraint Statuses are quickly calculated in realtime over 1,000’s of orders when running Sabe from the Cloud and are a perfect tool for order by order prioritization.

For a larger view into all of your inventory Sabe offers the Buffer Status Workbench. In each of 6 categories:

  • Constraints: Stockouts are preventing from completing orders
  • In Jeopardy: We plan to consume more stock than we current have or have ordered
  • Active Stockout: Stockouts of active items that aren’t, yet, preventing us from completing orders
  • Excess with Supply: We have too much and we’re ordering more
  • Consumable Excess: We have too much but we’ll consume it within 180 days
  • Unconsumable Excess: We have too much and we won’t consume it within 180 days

Sabe shows the top ten items, sorted by each’s financial impact. This provide a holistic view of how your inventory and buffer management is lining up with your company's operations and product strategy. Depending upon your focus at the time, e.g. to reduce material constraints or to avoid excess inventory, the Buffer Status Workbench provides a prioritized list of items that require attention.

“What should I do next?” For tactical planners - production planners and shipping supervisors, Sabe’s Constraint Status provides the answer in the form of prioritized lists of actions (orders). For strategic planners - materials planners and product managers, Sabe’s Buffer Status Workbench provides a to-do lists of items which are in need of better management.

So, now, you know what you should do next!