Scheduling in the Paper Manufacturing Industry
In the pulp and paper environment, the production schedule is used to develop the employee schedule. The machinery being used, and the natural resources available, determine the businesses demand for labor and therefore determines the employee schedules that are needed.
The production schedule will therefore determine what is being produced by each machine, and therefore how many employees are needed. A department can be made of individual jobs and/or a group of jobs often referred to as a line of progression. A line of progression consists of jobs within a crew or shift that are ordered based upon a structured sequence of jobs types.
For every job you define what pattern of days on and off the job follows. A job’s default schedule continuously repeating the pattern of shifts and days off specified for each employee. In a pulp and paper world, the work shift usually has predetermined start and end time that are rarely modified.
The job worked by each employee within the shift is the part that can frequently change. Unionized pulp and paper manufacturers typically order jobs from highest paying to lowest paying and employees typically progress by moving up through the line, both temporarily and permanently. This produces a domino effect at the start of a shift if the most senior employee that had the highest paying job does not show up for work: everyone changes jobs.
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