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Rod Kerchner

I spent 8 years scheduling production at a medium-sized, privately held plastic injection molding company, 4 years scheduling the material and logistics before that. I scheduled mostly using Excel, even after 12 years. It was brutal. That's why I love working at Toward Zero. I get to help our customers overcome some of the frustrations I had as master scheduler - using spreadsheets to keep track of ever-changing variables. I spent my days putting scheduling jigsaw puzzles together. Over and over and over again. Got that schedule done yet? The planning and scheduling software I now work with gives me a chance to help other scheduling and planning ninjas get a new weapon. These software tools allow schedulers to look closer at a wider set of variables, build a better plan and react quicker when the plan changes. Give me 30 minutes, and I will show you how to get half your day back - and have a greater impact on your business.
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Scheduling a Rush Order

Your production plan has been optimized to maximize the use of your equipment, personnel and materials all while meeting your on time delivery dates.  Then, you get the call.  Your sales team would like to process a rush order from a key customer.  They need to know how soon the order can get out.

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Scheduling Around Unavailable Personnel

Your production plan has been optimized to maximize the use of your equipment, personnel and materials all while meeting your on time delivery dates.  Then, you get the call.  One of your key personnel will be out sick.  They won't be available to run their assigned operations. 

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Scheduling Around Late Material

Your production plan has been optimized to maximize the use of your equipment, personnel and materials all while meeting your on time delivery dates.  Then, you get the call.  One of your suppliers will be late with a delivery.  You will be short materials. 

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Scheduling around a down machine

Your production plan has been optimized to maximize the use of your equipment, personnel and materials all while meeting your on time delivery dates.  Then, you get the call.  One of your machines has gone down.  

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