Calman Technology: Manufacturer software scheduling system

Scottish SME Calman Technology design and manufacture touch panels for a range of application areas including medical equipment, security and household appliances.

Every panel is constructed from numerous components and assembled across several departments. Prior to approaching EPCC, Calman scheduled every order by hand, a process that was meticulous and time consuming.EPCC's solution was to create a software system that automatically scheduled customer orders based on the criteria specified by Calman, taking into account factors such as machine maintenance, down-time, staff holiday and overtime. The system produced weekly schedules for each manufacturing department. Business benefits to Calman included:

  • the ability to exert greater management control over work scheduling;
  • the ability to plan ahead and properly evaluate the impact of new customer orders;
  • a greater efficiency of staff and materials deployment;
  • ensuring timely delivery of orders.