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GSCM 334 Mtls Resource & Cap Pln wLab Week 1 Discussion Question 1 Production Scheduling

What is the role of master production scheduling in manufacturing planning and control? What other areas interface with it? Can you briefly tell me how does master production scheduling interfaces marketing?

Master production schedule is the heart of production planning and control. It determines the quantities needed to meet demand from all sources , and that governs key decisions and activities throughout the organization. The master schedule interfaces with marketing, capacity planning, production planning, and distribution planning.

MPS interfaces with marketing by allowing it the visibility to be able to make due on legitimate delivery commitments. It enables this by providing a full evaluation of information and requirements which in turn enable both production and marketing to come to an agreement on a planned course of action to meet customer requests. Additionally it also allows management the opportunity to determine if the business plans/strategic objectives can be achieved or not, which in turn saves time and money. One of the ways master production scheduling interfaces with the marketing is that marketing helps in generaing the forecasted demand based on the previous sales/orders. Sales and marketing team also create the sales funnel and pass on that data to the production/opertaion to meet the order. This helps in matching the demand and supply. Master scheduling enables marketing to make valid delivery commitments to warehouses and final customers and it provides the necessary information for production and marketing to negotiate when customer requests cannot be met by normal capacity. The new technology helps with customers request. If a company wants to be remain competitive it has to able to respond to these demands. The master production schedule has to have the agility to make changes.

A master production schedule interfaces with marketing as it allows the marketing team to make valid commitments to the warehouse or to the customer depending on where the product is going. There are four P’s in marketing, product, price, promotion, and place. The MPS helps marketing determine the place as well as the price at which the product should be sold and promotion at which they should be using to push the product. Marketing gathers a lot of critical information from the MPS and uses that information in order for the organization to make the most profit possible on the product.

The Master Production Schedule (MPS) is the overall production schedule for a manufacturing company or departments and its role is to offer department heads or managers a guiding information and basic plan frameworks that they will need to have at hand to keep a production or a project on track. What this does is that it offers these managers a quick glance to the present progress and future plans for a project that is essential to production. In a MPS, you can find cost projections, sales projections, and projections of expected progress, but these schedules can vary depending on the needs of the project and the organization and other areas that interface with it marketing, distribution, capacity planning and production because they all tie into each other and affects each other’s planning schedules hence the need of a MPS that can coordinate and control their planning schedules. MPS allows us to get the big picture and our role in operations management-no doubt. Your certainly focused on the main thing that is we need to know our product first and what our needs are for it before working on our plans and schedules.. good post.

There are many aspects involved with MPS including operational, financial, marketing and manufacturing areas. All these areas are taken into consideration when creating the MPS. A lot of times manufactures will make revisions to the schedules which will lead to consequences. Thankfully now we have technology on our side and software’s that will help guide us through all our planning schedules. Master production schedule (MPS) shows the quantity and timing of specific end items for a scheduled horizon, which often covers about six to eight weeks ahead. A master schedule shows the planned output for individual products rather than an entire product group, along with the timing of production. The master schedule contains important information for marketing as well as for production. It reveals when orders are scheduled for production and when completed orders are to be shipped. The master production schedule is one of the primary outputs of the master scheduling process. There are three primary inputs to the master scheduling process: the beginning inventory, the forecast, and the customer orders that have been booked or committed.


Stevenson, William J. Operations management —11th ed.