Keys for Unlocking Business Benefits from Micro-scheduling: Use Case 

IR4 has strengthened the belief that artificial intelligence (AI) can indeed "solve" complex industrial scheduling problems. Here we talk about a use case where one of the largest European Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) manufacturers utilized the Bodhee® Integrated Micro Scheduling AI App to optimize production performance.

The Purpose of Micro-Scheduling of Manufacturing with AI Apps 

Production scheduling, in practice, comprises tasks such as production planning, monitoring activities, and controlling processes. The planning and scheduling team works with the manufacturing goals in mind. Unplanned process deviations or sudden changes in demand can affect the production performance or disrupt a schedule even. The shop floor realities and organizational decisions influence a scheduler at work and, consequently, the output. Micro-scheduling with AI provides a new definition for this vital part of manufacturing. It facilitates significant flexibility, precision, and efficiency in the manufacturing processes, which is difficult to achieve through manual scheduling. 

Here is a quick peek into how a European pharmaceutical company, a world giant providing Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) used AI to optimize processes and thus, maximized productivity while utilizing the existing resource pool with increased efficiency.  

Bodhee® Integrated Micro Scheduling AI App Solved the Business Problems: 

The challenge was to generate an annual production schedule flexible enough to accommodate any sudden change in demand, such as prioritizing certain products in a particular month or adjusting production in response to events on the shop floor. Several products used a combination of equipment lines and areas in different buildings for final processing. The company needed to scale the site for both process and resource optimization.  

Bodhee® Integrated Micro Scheduling AI App enabled an integrated approach for real-time event-based production planning.   

  • Enhanced their existing macro planning deployed for the long-term by closely aligning with day-to-day production events.  
  • Micro inputs on LIVE production status and predictive data analytics helped prevent unplanned asset downtime or process degradation.  
  • Timely alerts and actionable insights or recommendations enabled the production teams to define new objectives, adjusting parameters and constraints as and when required.  

Thus, by providing an end-to-end view of the upstream and downstream activities, Bodhee® Integrated Micro Scheduling AI App facilitated the creation of customized production plans. Simulation of not only one but multiple versions of the plan allowed production planners to publish the version that promised the best results for optimum capacity utilization.  

Bodhee® Integrated Micro-Scheduling AI App helped their large-scale commercial production facility plan, develop, and implement efficient production scheduling. 

What Business Benefits Did the AI App Unlock? 

Post deployment of Neewee’s specialized ML algorithms and AI apps for synchronized production planning, there was a significant positive impact on the productivity within 8-12 weeks  

  • AI-enabled Real-time batch monitoring and comparison visualized actual process efficiencies, not theoretical or hypothetical scenarios. 
  • Minimized WIP 
  • Reduced working capital and cost-effective production
  • Reduced batch cycle time by the removal of hidden buffers. 
  • Flexible production scheduling helped meet manufacturing goals.  
  • Optimum capacity utilization increased productivity. 

You can also download the detailed Case Study here!  

Pro Tip: 

Whether it is improved production performance or maximized productivity that your organization wishes to unlock, the use of AI apps in manufacturing is the Master Key you are looking for.  

Contact us to get the best technological solution customized to your business goals and needs.

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