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ATOSS Manufacturing Solution: Just-in-time workforce deployment

Flexibility is an established industry standard. Fierce competition, high personnel costs and fluctuating order books are forcing manufacturing companies in high-wage countries to organize their Workforce Management as economically and flexibly as possible. The use of temporary workers, marginal employees and overtime are the most popular methods of improving flexibility. Long term however, all the processes along the value chain need to be optimized. Personnel processes play a key role here. Workforce Management creates the transparency needed to synchronize production requirements and thereby continuously optimize processes. This avoids expensive overtime and unproductive working time and maximizes standard working time. 50% faster delivery times and 75% less planning input – the results of current ATOSS manufacturing-related projects speak for themselves and for Workforce Management.

Planning under control

Especially in volatile order book situations current personnel requirements and actual workforce deployment often diverge considerably. The result is expensive overtime and unoccupied time, sub-optimal machine capacity utilization, low productivity, lost sales as well as dissatisfied employees in many cases. Short-term fluctuations in capacity utilization can be buffered by the use of flexible working time models. Long-term and short-term working time accounts act as a regulator and provide the necessary flexibility. In addition to company-specific demand drivers such as order volume and service levels, consideration must also be given to legislation, collectively bargained pay scales and works agreements as well as other individual criteria. The latter include qualifications, specific working time models, age-related restrictions, working time preferences and ergonomic requirements. The numerous influencing factors mean that workforce scheduling is simply not feasible using table calculation tools. The ATOSS Manufacturing Solution makes it easy for production companies to prepare complex shift-, job- and order-related deployment plans and to simulate deployment scenarios and prepare forecasts. The complete integration of working time management and Workforce Management provides optimal transparency and ensures that online information is up to date, e.g. data concerning employees actually present, short-term deficits, time balances, personnel surpluses and shortfalls, absences and personnel costs. This is how Workforce Management can create the necessary environment for successful and cost-optimized production.

A future-proof solution

The ATOSS Manufacturing Solution integrates the following functions: time and attendance management, the calculation of personnel requirements, scheduling and management analyses as well as self services. The portfolio also boasts a range of add-on modules, from task management through dashboard and mobile Workforce Management to access control. The solution features maximum functionality, intuitive operation and cutting-edge JAVA EE technology. For our customers, this translates into low integration costs, unlimited scalability, optimal performance and a free choice of databases and operating systems. The ATOSS solution can be connected via open and infinitely adjustable interfaces to upstream and downstream systems, e.g. ERP and PPS systems. The solution can be seamlessly integrated in existing and future system landscapes, thereby protecting investments over the long term.

Benefits

  • Improved planning quality
  • Reduced planning input thanks to automatic plausibility testing and rule-based plan proposals
  • Simulation of planning scenarios
  • Comprehensive warning system in the event of breaches
  • Real time forecasting with display of personnel costs and fulfillment of demand
  • Transparency regarding employee qualifications
  • Fast and flexible response to fluctuations in demand
  • Optimized machine utilization and run times
  • Improved order controlling
  • Better delivery reliability
  • Optimized personnel costs