A production planner is an individual who plans, schedules, and monitors production. A manufacturing facility may have many production planners, each responsible for a particular portion of the factory or a subset of the products in the factory. Production planners create production plans, construct master production schedules, perform material requirements planning, release orders to the shop, and create schedules for the shop.
Most factories use a manufacturing planning software to assist the planner perform production planning, master production scheduling, and material requirements planning. The production planner uses the system and approves plans, schedules, and order releases. Such a system can make a production planner more productive by automating tedious work. It can also allow the planner to make better decisions by supplying more accurate and up-to-date information.
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