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What is Mill Order Optimisation and how does Optimumcut-1D help achieve this?

Mill order optimization

Mill order optimization also known as production order optimization, is a process that aims to optimize the production or manufacturing orders in a mill or factory. It involves determining the most efficient sequencing and scheduling of production orders to maximize productivity, minimize costs, and improve overall operational performance.

In a mill or manufacturing facility, various factors need to be considered when optimizing production orders, including:

Production capacity:

The available capacity of the mill or factory, including the number of machines, their capabilities, and the production rate.

Material availability:

The availability of raw materials required for each production order. This includes considering lead times, inventory levels, and supplier constraints.

Calculate optimum stock lengths:

The Calculate Optimum Length feature within Optimumcut-1D enables a user to calculate the optimum length of material to purchase as a special custom extrusion length for a production order. This length is calculated between the minimum extrusion length available, the incremental length the extrusion can be purchased (e.g. 25mm or 1″ increments) and the maximum extrusion length available. Optimumcut-1D will run through methodically and quickly every increment length and advise the optimal extrusion length and quantity required to fulfil your linear cutting project, maximising yield and minimising waste.

Order prioritization:

The relative importance or urgency of each production order. Some orders may have higher priority due to customer deadlines, contractual obligations, or special requirements.

Setup and changeover times:

The time required to set up or change over the machines between different production orders. Reducing setup and changeover times can lead to improved efficiency and increased throughput.

Production costs:

The cost associated with each production order, including labor, energy consumption, material costs, and any other relevant factors. Minimizing production costs can help improve profitability.

The goal of mill order optimization is to create an optimal production schedule that maximizes throughput, minimizes setup and changeover times, reduces material waste, and optimally utilizes available resources. By optimizing the sequencing and scheduling of production orders, mills can achieve increased productivity, reduced downtime, improved customer satisfaction, and cost savings.

To perform mill order optimization, various advanced planning and scheduling (APS) software systems can be used. Optimumcut-1D can be used to play an important part of Mill Order Optimization by calculating optimum stock lengths  and generate optimized cutting schedules based on the given inputs.

Overall, mill order optimization plays a crucial role in streamlining production processes, improving operational efficiency, and achieving better utilization of resources in a mill or manufacturing environment.

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