Flexibility is the lifeblood of industry 4.0
Industry 4.0 is transforming both markets and working environments – especially in the manufacturing area. The aim is to closely network and integrate production and logistics processes for the utmost flexibility. Manufacturing operations have to be able to adapt dynamically to market demand in terms of shorter delivery cycles or customized production – right down to batch size one. This can only work with a highly agile personnel infrastructure. Ensuring intelligent, demand-optimized control in this area is one of the key strategic challenges – and a key component of modern workforce management.
Complex planning at the press of a button
Especially volatile order situations often present huge divergences between current personnel requirements and actual workforce deployment. This results in expensive overtime and idling, the need for external staff, machines not running to capacity, low productivity levels, sales losses – and often dissatisfied employees, too. Flexible working time models can smooth fluctuating capacity utilization in the short term. Long and short-term working time accounts serve as a balancing factor and provide the necessary flexibility. In addition to company-specific needs drivers such as order volume and service level legislation, payscales and collective bargaining agreements, demand-optimized workforce scheduling has to take account of individual criteria, too. These include qualifications, specific working time models, age-related restrictions, scheduling preferences and also ergonomic requirements. In addition, planning and scheduling of first responders has to be audit-proof. Workforce scheduling that is capable of covering this diverse range of factors is simply not possible using Excel tools. The ATOSS Manufacturing Solution gives production companies an easy way to generate shift, workplace and order-based schedules as well as simulate scheduling scenarios and generate forecasts. Staff preferences can also be fed into planning by means of special request and exchange systems. Full integration of time and attendance management and workforce scheduling ensures that online information is always up to the minute in terms of actual attendance, short-term downtimes, working time accounts, overstaffing/understaffing or absences. Workforce management provides the basis and the transparency required to synchronize personnel resources and manufacturing requirements so as to continuously optimize processes. This avoids expensive overtime and unproductive working time, while maximizing regular working time.
Shift planning delivering added value on all levels
The ATOSS Manufacturing Solution gives you a central planning and control cockpit for demand-driven, staff-oriented shift planning – delivering added value every step of the way. This extensive planning functionality is also fully available for SAP users. In this way, you can use your SAP Human Capital Management software while at the same time planning and controlling your workforce deployment with ATOSS on a demand-optimized basis – the ATOSS SAP Connector ensures a seamless data exchange between the two systems.
Future viable workforce scheduling
The ATOSS Manufacturing Solution integrates the functions of time management, calculation of demand and workforce scheduling. Offering deployment. It offers unlimited scalability the solution grows with the demands made of it. The portfolio can be further extended with numerous supplementary modules ranging from time recording, access control and qualification management through to mobile apps and self-services as well as annual vacation planning and strategic capacity and needs planning. The solution offers outstanding functionality, intuitive user guidance and state of the art technology. Platform-independent, it dovetails seamlessly with existing system infrastructures. Our customers benefit from low integration costs, superior performance and free choice of time recording equipment, databases and operating systems – in other words, long-term investment security. Open, flexibly adaptable interfaces allow the ATOSS Manufacturing Solution to be quickly linked to downstream and upstream components such as ERP or PPS systems. The solution is available in the Cloud or on premise.
Benefits and Effects
- Increased planning quality
- Reduced planning input due to automatic plausibility checks and rule-based schedule proposals
- Simulation of planning scenarios
- Comprehensive warning system in the event of violations
- Real-time forecasts showing personnel costs and requirements fulfillment
- Transparency in terms of staff qualifications
- Flexible and short-term response to demand fluctuations
- Optimized use of machine capacities and running times
- Improved order controlling
- Enhanced supply reliability
- Optimized personnel costs
Need more functionalities? We’ll be more than happy to oblige! There is a wide range of supplementary modules available for the ATOSS Manufacturing Solution – after all, at ATOSS individual options come as standard.
A comprehensive set of modules
- Task Management
- Automatic Duty Plan
- Employee & Manager Self Service
- Flexible Staffing Schedule
- Capacity Planning
- Cost Center Management
- Employee Exchange System
- Mobile Workforce Management
- Workforce Forecasting
- Schedule Quality
- Project Time Recording
- Further Training Management
- Workflow Management
- Time Recording: Workplace, Telephone, Terminal
- Access Control