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Once work has been assigned to the Production department, it is time to take action and execute the Master Production Schedule and Material Requirements Planning system. But this must be done methodically and economically.

The Material Requirements Plan authorizes Production Control to release and manage work or shop floor orders, plan capacity, and manage the day-to-day activity to ensure that production is able to complete its plan. One of the ways Production Control manages the work is by planning the work through all work centers.

It is Production Control’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials, tooling, personnel and information (such as Engineering specifications, etc.) are available to manufacturing so that they can build the product as scheduled.

Next Production Control follows the plan by monitoring the completion of the shop floor work orders. By comparing the work completed to the work planned, Production Control can determine whether or not manufacturing is meeting the Master Schedule.

If the work completed does not match what was planned, then it may be necessary to make new plans or take corrective action on those orders that are not meeting the planned schedule.

It is Production Control’s job to ensure that work orders are meeting customer delivery requirements while simultaneously using the company’s resources as economically as possible.

Below is a snapshot of a common Production Control Work Order algorithm.

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