In production scheduling, the role of planning is to utilize the company’s resources to maintain consistency, reduce downtime and mitigate bottlenecks to optimize production.

In discreet manufacturing, final products are made from a lengthy and complex series of sub-processes. A bill of materials may be used to dictate what items are required and in what quantity.
Routing maps out the flow of required process steps and dictates the path and sequence of performed operations.  Including steps that must be done in-house and those components that may need to be sub-contracted and then returned to the production flow for final assembly.

Utilizes the established planning level to produce goods from components or raw materials. It is time-based and must satisfy the demand established at the planning level. These timetables can be department-specific, product specific and process-specific. Master production schedules are used at the highest level, defining the product timeframes. While sub-schedules may be department specific for sub-assemblies or for mixes and blends.

Is the process of assigning the sequence of jobs to be completed  from a sub-set of jobs in the production queue. Dispatching is used to make decisions for immediate action, in comparison to planning where decisions are determined for future actions. Dispatching is used in both pull and push production systems. In a push system, production dictates how much of the product will be “pushed” to the market, while in a pull system current demand “pulls” the goods thereby determining when and how much to produce.

Production scheduling must rely on proper execution to ensure that all processes are performed correctly and in the order they are intended to be produced and installed in the field. This requires that everyone knows what they are supposed to do and when they are supposed to do it.  Execution involves informed management decisions, trained staff, accurate data as inputs into the production plan, a manufactured structured schedule, reliable sales figures and forecast numbers.  All must be present for the organization to execute its production schedule and complete orders.

Our premanufactured, demountable walls offer substantial advantages over traditional construction because they are considered furniture. This classification allows for less rigorous permitting requirements and accelerated depreciation, resulting in immediate savings in both time and dollars.

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Introduction to MMA

INTEGRATED PROJECT DELIVERY SYSTEM (IPD) & DESIGN for MANUFACTURING & ASSEMBLY (DfMA) and MODULAR PANELS

Introduction

At Massa Multimedia Architecture, PC (MMA) we understand that reconfiguring current space can be both costly and time-consuming. Organizational needs, market pressures, and industry regulations, coupled with site limitations can present unique challenges. Space that is antiquated, ineffectively designed or under-utilized can affect key performance indicators such as quality, safety, employee engagement, and customer satisfaction, which impacts an organization’s success.

MMA will ensure that healthcare institutions meet the ever-changing demands of the healthcare market. When you partner with MMA, we take care of it all, every aspect of the project from entitlements and permits, to design, manufacturing, sourcing, and assembly. Our modern method of design and construction affords our clients with buildings, structures, and interior designs that provide optimal solutions in the built environment with reduced CAPEX complexity and production costs, ultimately getting projects to market quicker.

Our Mission and Vision

MMA employs an Integrated Project Delivery System (IPD) and Design for Manufacturing & Assembly (DfMA) approach which incorporates prefabricated clinical walls, building climate systems, HVAC, lead shielding, magnet technology, vacuum plumbing systems, and any other innovation the job requires. Our streamlined approach offers measurable goals and measurable outcomes that address space complexity, create build consistency, and enhance speed to market. Our regulatory-compliant solution has low life cycle costs, is clean, durable, and dependable, with potential for future repurposing and adaptability. MMA’s solution is sustainable, lean, and the ideal choice for the built environment.

MMA are the architects behind inbox health clinics nationwide and our scope of services has evolved to an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) system. We are not only the designers; we are the manufacturers, assemblers, builders, and sourcing team for every component and system of the project.

The prefabrication, modularization, and standardization of construction processes and assets within factory-controlled environments, supported by DfMA techniques, offer a viable solution to traditional build challenges. By presenting transformative improvements across the asset lifecycle in time, cost, quality, health, and safety, off-site construction offers predictability, accuracy, and consistency.

The traditional Design-Negotiated Bid-Build archetype often results in construction deliverables that lack build consistency, as means and methods are managed by various contractors resulting in finish and quality inconsistencies.  At a time when our industry is facing a skills shortage, taking the build off-site into a factory-controlled environment reduces the levels of resources required and is not dependent on traditional construction skills. Developing solutions that are ‘assembled’ rather than ‘constructed’ offers the prospect of using fewer people in a more controlled and safer environment.

Definition of Terms

DfMA is used as the foundation for concurrent engineering processes to simplify and fully optimize the structure wherever possible, to reduce manufacturing and assembly costs, and to quantify improvements. By facilitating greater off-site manufacturing and vastly reducing on-site construction, buildings are constructed with higher levels of speed and safety. This process delivers both resource and cost efficiencies, and will not impede creative design, inspiration, or compromise on quality.

IPD is a construction project delivery method that combines ideas from integrated practice and lean construction processes. It seeks efficiency and involvement of all participants (people, systems, business structures and practices) through all phases of design, fabrication, and construction. IDP reduces CAPEX complexity by simplifying key processes with a unified project execution approach, allowing the client to better manage CAPEX risk. Our DfMA Documentary short film showcases our various team members and IPD bandwidth nationwide. Some of our national partners include Trane, Acorn, CED, KI, USEI, Herman Miller, and Hamilton Casework, the list continues to grow. The timelapse video from one of our Jacksonville Florida clinics (Jacksonville Timelapse) recently completed in 2022 displays how our crews methodically assemble a health clinic using scissor lifts and screw guns. It is an impressive quantity or work completed in such a short amount of time. Another important observation is how clean the site is maintained daily. Our most recent project is a Health & Wellness Clinic at store 0001 in Rogers, we assembled it in 11 weeks. Our work included everything from the build itself to installing all FF&E and obtaining all required regulatory approvals including physicist certifications and proper shielding for radiological diagnostics to allow our client to open for business.  We exceeded the client’s stringent construction compliance requirements, and their Compliance Team was extremely happy with our performance. They were impressed with how clean and safe we maintained our project site, basically dust free! View our Time Lapse and project duration (Project Timelapse) along with an animated process of systems installation installed in the field (DfMA Timelapse).

Scope and Approach

Our collective goal at MMA is to drive the Health Care and Health Retail Experience by designing, developing, and implementing the Health and Wellness Suite of the Future. The IPD approach fosters teamwork and requires meticulous communication, coordination, and collaboration among the project participants and end users. Each discipline works together to address project complexities and is accountable for its contribution to the project and outcomes.
Benefits of this approach include dramatically decreasing risks, ensuring projects can be delivered on time, allaying budget concerns and improving overall quality.

Documentation of mock-ups should seriously be considered for the continued development of the program. Cross-functional feedback from- Merchandising, Operations, Strategy, Marketing, IT, and Loss Prevention, is crucial to the success of this program.

Development of Merchandising Presentation Strategy & Program Requirements with a primary focus on Documentation of the following:
  • Hierarchy of product presentation- including an outline of selection hierarchy.
  • Capacity analysis – Collection sizes & variables.
  • Documentation & assessment of current tools to determine final program requirements.

Design & Construction Objective

Our  IPD  process that utilizes DfMA methodology and modular components has enabled us to prototype projects and reduce a significant amount of construction time. We are now designing, assembling, and building 100,000+ sf central prescription, prescription mail order, and specialty fulfillment facilities, as well as projects in optometry, vision, and branding programs nationwide. MMA developed a pre-manufactured brand prototype, allowing for several hundred linear feet of branding work to be completed within 1-3 days at each site. The work was done during non-operational store hours so as not to impact operations.

MMA can refurbish existing locations and bring your new ventures to market quickly. MMA worked on three clinics in the Dallas & Fort Worth area and was instrumental in helping to bring their clinics to market in record time. Everything from the ceiling grid down to the floor was completed in roughly 12 days, including all walls, finished floors, electrical, plumbing, casework, and all medical equipment and furnishings. These were some of the fastest clinics MMA has designed, assembled, and built to date.

Modular Panels

  1. Our walls are prefinished 22 Gauge steel walls with sound attenuation and all required blocking.
  2. Our pre-built walls are fully unitized, with all utilities (plumbing, electrical, etc.) in place
  3. Easy to assemble and disassemble.
  4. 95% cut to fit in the factory, only posts and trim are cut on-site, reducing mess, noise, and disruption.
  5. Custom color matching is available to incorporate client branding.
  6. Dedicated Installation manager/project management.
  7. Factory-certified install network internationally.
  8. Installation costs are “turnkey” and all-inclusive.
  9. To code fire suppression integration.
  10. Our collective team includes a door company and a furniture company.

Manufactured Structured Scheduling System

MMA, in collaboration with our collective team members, focuses on a Manufactured Structured Scheduling System. Our Mission is:

  • To transform our project sites into a factory floor.
  • To develop a structured schedule for every vendor.
  • To ensure that all vendors complete their required work within our designated time frames.
  • To instill a "consistent pattern of behavior" mindset in our installers.

Production schedules are more important than ever before, especially considering the increased sophistication in manufacturing methods and the software necessary to manage production in a more precise manner, while also accounting for the increased complexity of global supply chains. Utilizing our well-defined production schedule that is based on accurate data inputs, our production schedules can be changed and adjusted to address temporary shifts in production requirements caused by seasonality, rapidly evolving consumer preferences and other disruptions.

The basic components of Production Scheduling include Planning, ‍Routing, Scheduling, ‍Dispatching, and ‍Execution.‍

Vacuum Plumbing System

The Vacuum plumbing systems we utilize are simple and viable alternatives to underground piping, as noted in the latest edition of the IPC and UPC Codes. Vacuum plumbing systems use the combined energies of vacuum pressure and gravity for the collection, conveyance, and disposal of waste through a piping network that can be routed above ground. Vacuum toilet drainage operates on the principle of having most of the plumbing system under a continuous vacuum. Vacuum drainage systems are ventless, with one or two roof penetrations and a single connection to an existing sanitary line. Many local and state plumbing codes have also accepted vacuum plumbing as an approved alternative for a variety of waste types including condensate, grey water, sanitary waste, and grease waste.

Why is Vacuum Plumbing the environmental choice? A typical vacuum system can reduce potable water consumption for toilets by 68%, with a highly efficient vacuum toilet requiring only a half-gallon per flush. Of the many benefits vacuum plumbing offers, water and waste treatment savings are one of the most important features of this technology. The savings can be thousands of dollars and millions of gallons of water per year for larger applications.  A five-hundred-person commercial office building that is serviced by a single vacuum center and half gallon per flush vacuum toilets will save over 265,000 gallons of water per year, compared to conventional low-flush toilets.

Vacuum plumbing systems can be used on virtually any project, and certain design and construction conditions make it the most cost-effective solution available. Vacuum plumbing is especially beneficial in multiple-level environments because it eliminates the need for floor penetration above and below.  Vacuum plumbing avoids the need to trench concrete slabs, allowing us to keep mess and noise at a minimum, reduce overall disruption, and positively impacting speed to market.

Modern-day Uses for Magnets

Magnets have been used for thousands of years by many cultures throughout the world, often for therapeutic purposes. Today magnets are incorporated in industrial machinery, consumer products, computers and even transportation. Industrial Magnets are used in auto manufacturing and aerial manufacturing industries to hold and transport large metal components. Electromagnets are used in industrial conveyor systems, and by cranes to pick up and drop heavy loads.

We use magnet technology as part of our clinic design, as magnets offer increased adaptability and flexibility to the end user. Our walls have steel surfaces which provide the ability for us to mount everything your clinic needs using industrial grade magnets specifically designed to hold their corresponding weight: monitors, Ergatrons, Inter-Diagnostic panels, sharps container, paper towel holders, etc. When there is a need to repurpose a room or adjust equipment to meet regulatory codes, there is no drilling into your walls, no mess, no holes, and no hassle. Our innovative magnet technology is strong and safe and allows for the design, branding or function of a room to be changed easily just by adding or removing the necessary items.

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Plug & Play Lighting and Electrical Device Technology

The electrical wiring in our modular walls only requires a junction box in the ceiling for installers to easily daisy chain power to the harness in the ceiling or instant power. Each light fixture quickly connects to another with a connector, ensuring no failures and ensuring compliance with all applicable codes and UL Ratings.

Utilizing Plug &Play technology reduces the installation time, the jurisdictional approvals, inspections, and inspections required. Along with a reduction in associated costs for installation and purchase of the products, Plug & Play technology saves time and money when compared to using conventional lighting installations and electrical power.

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Manufacturing Capabilities & Capacities

The modular company we partner with is employee-owned with 2500 employees worldwide. The Manitowoc, WI facility is 225,000 square feet and has the capacity to manufacture 1,600 panels a week. The factory uses cellular manufacturing and can easily scale up based on product demand and has an 80,000-square-foot warehouse to store raw materials and finished goods.

Sustainability:
We consider our products to be 100% Reusable, truly a great environmental storyThere is zero waste diverted to a landfill and there is no cost associated with disposal. In fact, if there are any recyclables to discard, MMA will give those to the client to capture the recycling refunds. MMA’s environmental commitment is consistent with LEED philosophy and Green Construction processes.

Summary

By applying IPD and DfMA techniques to design build, our forward-thinking mindset supports the realization that buildings no longer need to be constructed in the traditional sense. Our firm’s innovations take shape by embracing similar manufacturing and assembly methods to those successfully utilized by the aerospace and automotive industries. Our collective team can manufacture parts as needed and have them ready to go as projects evolve. Our method of using unitized wall systems and modular components, supported by new off-site manufacturing technology and semi-automated assembly production allows our projects to be delivered to our clients faster, ultimately lowering costs, and improving quality and sustainability.