Case Study MPDV Mikrolab

HYDRA Control Panel as Main Information and Planning Tool of the Manufactruing Controller

Our Customer

"As provider of standard solutions we absolutely need to use high quality components featuring an appropriate range of functionality and flexibility. Our satisfaction is shown by the fact that we have been using the NETRONIC VARCHART in different versions for 12 years now."

Applied Product
VARCHART XGantt
Gantt chart software to develop .NET Gantt charts for production planning & scheduling, project management plans, intuitive capacity plans and mor...

MPDV Mikrolab GmbH Uses VARCHART XGantt for HYDRA Control Panel

Effective planning, optimal capacity utilization, and quick response to customer requirements – those are demands that modern companies in the manufacturing industry have to meet. With the HYDRA control panel, MPDV Mikrolab GmbH in Mosbach, Germany, helps to meet this demands. The HYDRA control panel is characterized by a particular feature: The planning results as well as the actual states are visualized in the planning table. Thus the needed transparency as well as a basis for short-termed, target-oriented planning actions are gained.

Graphical Planning Tables With Selected Detail Views

The control panel with the Gantt chart is the central information and planning tool of the manufacturing controller. The production steps are indicated by bars. If more details need to be shown, activities like setting-up, starting, production and shutting-down or additional information e.g. on availability of material, tools or staff can be indicated by different colors or symbols. The elements of the planning table can be customized individually.

When dispatching the orders to machines, the planner can choose whether carrying out the assignment manually or having the machine plan automatically. Several methods are available: 

  • variable machine allocation with adjustable sorting options
  • target-oriented allocation on the basis of weighted aims or
  • rule-based machine allocation by key-numbers (e.g. shortest operation time, lowest setup effort)

In the HYDRA control panel, any allocation variations that originated from the application of different allocation strategies, from optimizations or simply from manually varying the shift models and performance rates of machines, can be saved and compared to each other. The result will be a meaningful comparison of key numbers, being automatically calculated on the basis of planning targets and the emphasis put upon them.

Graphical Planning Table WithResource View

The HYDRA control panel supports the planner in dispatching the orders by accessing the resource data and checking online the availability of machines, material, tools, testing equipment, NC files and other appliances. Moreover, the staff requirement is calculated. The integrated deployment scheduling helps to assign employees with appropriate qualification to the machines and work stations as and when required.

The HYDRA control panel guarantees the recognition of capacity bottlenecks already during the planning phase and that conflicts like multiple planned tools, waiting for the fitter, or missing material will be avoided. The above screenshot shows an additional window, displaying the required tools and resources.

Order Net

The order net shows the predecessor/successor relations between all work steps of one order. If required, further levels can be displayed to show all orders and components belonging to a superior constructing group or to a customer order.

About MPDV Mikrolab

The MPDV Mikrolab GmbH is a leading supplier of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES). For more than 30 years, they have been developing MES solutions that are based on innovative software products and that can be supplemented by services like consulting, project management, implementing, customizing, software modifications, training, and support.

MDPV is represented at eleven locations worldwide in Germany, France, Switzerland, Singapur, China, and USA.

The MES solutions of MPDV are used in more than 750 manufacturing companies in several branches – from the medium-sized company up to global groups of companies.

MPDV are considered pioneer in spreading the MES thought and they engage themselves in organizations like the VDI, the VDMA, the MES D.A.C.H. association and the MESA.

"As provider of standard solutions we absolutely need to use high quality components featuring an appropriate range of functionality and flexibility. Our satisfaction is shown by the fact that we have been using the NETRONIC VARCHART in different versions for 12 years now," points out Hans-Christian Herter, product manager of MPDV Mikrolab GmbH.