SMB Production Scheduling Blog

Clara Cabrera

Clara Cabrera

Clara works as content Marketing intern in the just plan it team at NETRONIC. With a solid background in fine arts and creative writing, she brings new perspectives to the team.

Recent Posts by Clara Cabrera:

Infographic: Top 9 tips on buying job shop scheduling software

Choosing the right visual scheduler for your job shop might sometimes seem like a challenging task, as there a multiple options in the market. Knowing which one is the right fit for your company comes from a long process of research and product comparison. As asking the right questions is also an art in itself, here is an infographic that will provide some insight on what you should be focusing on.

Topics: Job Shop Scheduling

Top 9 tips for SMBs: job shop scheduling software buying guide

In this blog post, I address the arduous task of going through the different options SMB owners find themselves when considering to purchase a scheduling software for their job shop. It’s not only important that the software is the right fit but that you also feel confident and informed during all the stages of your decision process. In order to help you through this search and evaluation "jungle", I have written an eBook with a lot of tips and tricks that will make your buying journey easier.

Topics: Job Shop Scheduling Machine shop scheduling

10 technology trends for SMB manufacturers in 2018 (infograph)

 Time flies and we are already almost two full months into 2018. Nevertheless, it is not too late to take a look into the top 10 technology trends that can make a difference in your SMB manufacturing in 2018. In 2017 we were introduced to IIOT, 3D printing, automation, an increase of e-commerce, cyber security and emerging market. It is in this year, however, that these trends will find their consolidation and thus change the manufacturing landscape for good.

Topics: Machine shop scheduling

Customer service: Practical guide to the scheduling support you can get

One of the top ten things just plan it users pointed out they like the most is our customer and technical support. Our aim in just plan it is to make all facets of testing and using our software approachable and personal. We intend not only to design user friendly, easy to use software, but also to provide helpful and reliable support. We believe talking directly to our users and taking care of your questions creates a strong line of trust that we truly appreciate. 

So what can we do for you? Here is a practical guide to all the scheduling support you can get from us.

A color scheme for viewing the execution of your job shop scheduling

Our job shop scheduling software just plan it gives you the ability to create as many color schemes as you like. I sense that these color schemes can be truly helpful when trying to figure out certain situations on your shop floor faster. However, I also have the impression that color schemes are kind of "hidden champions" within the feature spectrum of our job shop scheduling software. Hence, I decided to kick off a blog series in which I share with you a couple of color schemes that really can help you improving your job shop scheduling. In this post, I give you some ideas how to color your schedule in a way that it tells you a bit more about the current execution of your schedule.

Topics: Job Shop Scheduling

Top 10 things customers like about just plan it

just plan it is an easy time and resource scheduling software for job shops and small make-to-order manufacturers. With some success stories behind it, could there be a better way to talk about the software than with the users themselves? Here are the top 10 things our customers like the most from their experience working with our job shop scheduling software. As we love visuals, we made this post up as an infograph.

Topics: Job Shop Scheduling Machine shop scheduling

How to best schedule flexible resources

Having idle resources? Feel that you need to better utilize your capaciity through better resource scheduling? Well, one word of caution before 'freaking out' about idle resources: actually having idle might be OK because, as underlined in the theory of constraints, a 100% resource usage is not always optimum. However, idle resources start to “feel wrong” if you also have jobs that run late. In this blog post we offer two resource scheduling best practices that you can apply when you work with just plan it and want to fight delayed orders while having idle resources.

Topics: Scheduling Best Practices Job Shop Scheduling

What is the Difference Between ASAP and JIT Scheduling? (infographic)

Visual job shop scheduling can be a tricky thing. From time to time we meet shop owners who want to know if they should apply an ASAP or a JIT scheduling strategy. Well, there are always two answers to this. Good news is that just plan it supportds both (on entire plan and single job level). Bad news is that it depends if we recommend JIT over ASAP. So, what is the difference between ASAP and JIT scheduling? And when to apply which strategy? Here is an infograph to answer this question.

Topics: Scheduling Best Practices

2 Killer Color Schemes For A Bottleneck Oriented Job Shop Scheduling

This is the second post of a series about cool and useful color schemes that you can build yourself with our just plan it software. The idea of these color schemes is to help you identify critical issues faster and hence achieve an easy time and resource scheduling. The previous blog looked at customer-oriented color schemes, and this time I shed some light on which color schemes you can define to better see bottlenecks.

Topics: Job Shop Scheduling

3 Cool Customer-Focused Color Schemes for Enhanced Job Shop Scheduling

Our job shop scheduling software just plan it gives you the ability to create as many color schemes as you like. I sense that these color schemes can be truly helpful when trying to figure out certain situations on your shop floor faster. However, I also have the impression that color schemes are kind of "hidden champions" within the feature spectrum of our job shop scheduling software. Hence, I decided to kick off a blog series in which I share with you a couple of color schemes that really can help you improving your job shop scheduling. This first post within this series deals with customer-oriented color schemes. I will always discuss

  • why the respective color scheme is relevant
  • show you a schedule before and after applying it
  • provide guidance how to build it
  • recommend colors to use

Topics: Scheduling Best Practices Machine shop scheduling