Original Date: 07/10/2006
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Information : Routes Development
Tobyhanna Army Depot is currently developing production routes that will allow designated schedulers/controllers to schedule work using repair shop capacity. The new routes are scheduled to be fully implemented by August 2007 and are expected to correct repair cycle times, allow just-in-time material delivery, and reduce production and inventory costs.
Tobyhanna Army Depot (TYAD) is currently developing production routes that will allow designated schedulers/controllers to schedule work using repair shop capacity as opposed to flooring jobs as they are received from numerous controllers. A route is an internal process flow used to manufacture major or secondary end items or to fabricate required materials. The initial approach to develop routes assumed one person per operation per cost center, which resulted in large overall completion times. Because the majority of work was performed within one cost center, all material was allocated to that cost center. Consequently, material was received and stored in the shop long before it was needed.
Routes are now being constructed within the Logistics Modernization Program environment (SAP) and used by production controllers to distribute man-hours to the repair shops. Supply specialists develop bills of material that are then used by process engineers to develop the routes. The route redevelopment effort subdivides cost centers into work centers by specialized equipment and specialized labor skill sets. Actual manpower is reflected within the operations and material allocations are detailed. “Long text” is utilized to provide more specific shop instruction in each operation (e.g., paint color, chemical treatment, and process variations).
By modifying the production routes, correct repair cycle times will be realized, material will be delivered just in time, production and inventory costs will be reduced, and capacity planning will be achieved. The new routes are scheduled to be fully implemented by August 2007.
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