Staff planning software for manufacturing and industry — automated shift scheduling (compliant with collective agreements and laws)

More About Manufacturing & Industry Staff Planning

  • Staff planning for manufacturing companies is often challenging due to a variety of factors that need to be considered as well as the general complexity of the manufacturing processes themselves. For example, seasonal fluctuations and unforeseen staff fluctuations require flexible scheduling to avoid staff shortages or overcapacity. Manufacturing companies also often work around the clock in a shift system. Staff planning needs to ensure there are enough qualified employees on the job at all times to support the production flow.

    Manufacturing companies often face the following challenges:

    • Seasonal fluctuations and high turnover
    • Production operations have to be ensured 24/7
    • Qualifications have to match jobs
    • Personnel resources need to be aligned with machine and facility utilization
    • Multi-shift operations need to comply with working hour laws and other legal requirements
    • Unexpected demand increases require staffing level adjustments
    • Unexpected disruptions, such as machine failures, require fast staff adjustments

    Working conditions in industrial manufacturing have also changed drastically in recent years. More and more production steps are done by machines or are automated. This has made it possible to significantly reduce personnel costs in some cases. However, a sufficient number of employees is still required. After all, despite technical progress, manufacturing is still often very labor-intensive.

  • When it comes to staff planning, collective agreement regulations, legal frameworks, and various working hours, shift models and employee preferences need to be aligned with operational requirements. This can be particularly challenging for companies in manufacturing and industry. Instead of paper and pen or Excel spreadsheets, software solutions are needed. These solutions can automate and simplify staff planning with the help of intelligent AI methods.

    A suitable solution like plano WFM is fed with reference data for each employee. In addition, information regarding working hours and shift models is also included. Artificial intelligence also takes into account legal frameworks and automatically creates perfectly coordinated shift schedules and rosters. Unlike manual scheduling, staff planning software has no personal preferences and simply uses the data available to it. This makes shift scheduling a fair and transparent process.

  • Our plano WFM software goes beyond the standard and is tailor-made to the specific needs of the manufacturing industry. On the one hand, industry characteristics are taken into account, on the other hand, modern IT standards in staff planning are established.

    Fair shift schedules that not only do justice to the company but also promote employee satisfaction are easily made possible with plano. A workforce management software for manufacturing companies should include the following functions:

    • Consideration of varying staff requirements in real time
    • Flexible handling of vacation and shift swaps
    • Automatic compliance with legal frameworks
    • Consideration of employee skills and qualifications
    • Granting of comprehensive and individual user and access rights
    • Transparent shift schedules and rosters
    • Regular reports
    • Integrated employee self-service for staff (including mobile)
    • Integration of various interfaces with other systems (e.g., SAP)
Vorteile der Dienstplanung von plano WFM

Staff Plann­ing for Manufactur­ing

Create optimal schedules, even with fluctuating order situations, and increase productivity with flexible shift planning.

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Avoid Staff Shortages and Overcapacity

Make sure you have the right employees on the machine at all times with fair and flexible shift planning.

With plano WFM, you can automatically take production capacity, order situations, regulations, and preferences into account during shift planning. At the push of a button, you’ll have a flexible shift schedule that fulfills specified requirements and meets demand as well as avoiding staff shortages and overcapacity.

Among others, you can schedule your employees with plano WFM for the:

  • Automotive industry
  • Construction industry
  • Electrical industry
  • Food industry
  • Textile industry
  • Consumer goods industry
  • Metal industry
  • Plant construction and engineering
  • Transportation industry
  • Energy and environment
  • Healthcare and pharmaceutical industries
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Fast Disruption Adjustment

Even with a manufacturing operation that works around the clock, production flow needs to keep running smoothly. With plano, you can ensure that you have the right employees assigned to the right jobs at all times. An optimal shift schedule is produced based on reliable forecasts and with AI support, and you still remain flexible. Adjust staffing level minute by minute in the event of unexpected fluctuations or unforeseen problems with machinery or material shortages.

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Fill Jobs With the Right Professionals

Particularly in manufacturing, certain jobs can only be done with special qualifications (e.g., forklift license) or legally-required training. With plano WFM, you’ll have an overview of your employees’ qualifications at all times. You can see which certificates are soon to expire, receive relevant alerts, and plan required training in due time. And all that automatically and quickly.

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AI-supported

We make your life easier: You provide the company requirements, our AI-supported software does the rest.

Limitless

We are and will remain at your side, even after implementation.

Tailor-made

Complex? Yes, please! Our flexible standard software can be customized down to the last detail and tailored to your specific requirements, regardless of employee numbers, industry, or complexity.

Your Benefits with plano WFM for Manufacturing & Industry

Our software ensures efficient and fair shift scheduling in manufacturing and industry with countless benefits for companies, customers, and employees.

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What Our Customers Say

1,000,000 users in 33 countries — How we successfully implement workforce management for our customers

  • Reinhard Rehm-Rink, nutzt Plano für DRK-Kreisverband Kassel-Wolfhagen e.V.

    “With plano WFM, our employees can now plan their schedules flexibly and according to their own personal circumstances. It’s great!”

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    “The entire plano package is consistent and I highly recommend it. The service, customer focus, and product are fantastic!”

  • Referenzbild mit Frau welcher für den Ensatz der plano Dienstplanung bei AVE steht

    “Before the plano modules were implemented, staffing was planned in one day for one day, but now, scheduling is done for the entire week in just one day.”

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