Workforce planning

The key function and the main issue of each workforce planning tool, is the calculation of workforce demand.

Workforce planning is very powerful in W2MO and at the same time it doesn't require extensive training. The key function is the calculation of workforce demand. The better planning is made, the more accurately a human resources plan can be created and implemented. This definitely yields higher efficiency later on.

Workforce planning with W2MO

  • Demand-oriented workforce planning based on current/planned orders
  • Automatic determination of process times for all activities based on layouts and standard times (derived from MTMs or time studies) → no inaccurate average times
  • Integrated function for process studies as part of the application
  • Strategic, tactical and operational planning → Online control of efficiency
  • Interfaces to many systems, e.g. SAP

Workforce scheduling

  • Online workload preview per area, team and shift, also available on mobile devices → dynamic and time-specific bottlenecks are detected, automatic adjustment to the real time available capacity
  • Minimization of organizational costs of relocation
  • Optimization of load balance and order sequence for equally distributed workload
  • Simplification of employees' communication via Internet e.g. sending work schedules per email or integration of mobile devices via web browser

Capacity planning

Long-term staff capacity planning:

  • Optimization of working hour models, staff number and teams
  • Improvement of ergonomics in warehouse processes
  • Development of operational recommendations regarding sudden changes in demand
  • Optimization of buffer capacity for load peaks
  • Scenario calculations, e.g. changes in working schedules, change in order schemes of customers, mix of full time and part-time workers
  • Budget planning

Mid-term staff capacity planning:

  • Extrapolation of past scenarios and order pools for future periods
  • Volume planning, applying alternative scenarios
  • Automatic identification of efficiency for estimating future staff demands
  • Holiday planning in cooperation with administrative systems
  • Shift scheduling
  • Determination of planned demand due to automatic scaling of staff capacity according to the most 'similar' previous week

From operational workforce planning to online-productivity control

  • Constant up-to-date assessment of load balance for all areas and resources (incl. conveyors or automated small parts warehouses) considering e.g.:
  • Current staff availability and /or relocations
  • Changes in the assignment
  • Failure of system components
  • Current orders
  • Determination of expected end dates of orders. Change of priorities is possible

It is possible to visualize the load of different resources (paths, process points) in 3D and indicate the workload and the activities. By clicking on the bars, you will be redirected to view a 2D graphic for visualizing the workload of pick points/paths.

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