Marine Fabricator January/February 2022 - 24

TOP RIGHT: For scheduling, The Canvas
Works LLC, Sausalito, Calif., relies on a master
whiteboard that shows date due, customer
and project type. It's also used to schedule
the slip. Two other whiteboards in the main
sewing room break the schedule down
by current project and the crew member
responsible for the project. Each project
has a clipboard with a work order that is
assigned to a specifi c crew member.
Photo: The Canvas Works LLC.
ABOVE: Tecsew services many trade
clients who are given priority when it
comes to scheduling. The company
uses Zero™
, an accounts package,
for work orders, and Excel for creating
templates, among other functions.
Photo: Tecsew, The Boat Cover Company.
Mader says The Canvas Works
looked into project management software
a couple of times over the last fi ve
years but hasn't " taken the plunge, "
partly over the feeling the staff on the
fl oor wouldn't use it. Custom Boat
Covers doesn't rely on software either.
Until recently, Tecsew used an MRP
(manufacturing and resource planning)
system but dropped it, fi nding
it too infl exible for the company's requirements,
says Bland. Now, Tecsew
utilizes Xero™
and Excel.
" Xero is a very powerful accounts
package and there are add-ins for
any reporting, CRM [customer relationship
management] or similar
item you may need, " Bland explains.
" Any business coach will tell you that
you need a CRM, MRP [material requirements
planning] and to get away
from Excel. But nearly everyone has a
good understanding of Excel. If learnt
properly with all the functionality
and if good templates are created, it's
very powerful. "
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As for scheduling, Bland says every
work order has a delivery date with important
notations included, such as when
a boat is leaving the country, making this
an " absolute deadline. " Still, the order
due date the staff is working on will have
several days, even a week, deducted from
the real deadline as a buffer.
Tecsew builds in capacity for urgent
trade work in part by giving extended
lead times for private one-off clients
when busy and adding a two-week buffer
to its standard lead time-which
varies depending on season, job complexity,
etc.-on non-trade, tight-deadline
jobs, consulting with staff before
accepting the work, particularly if overtime
would be required.
" I always leave a caveat on tight
deadlines, " Bland says. " There is much
that can go wrong outside of our control-material
shortages,
equipment
breakdowns, staff illness. It's either accept
this and know we will do our best,
or accept our standard lead time, which
will have the buffer added in. "

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