Case Study: Polar Beverage: Production Scheduling Application using PHP and jQuery This session will describe a project in which an RPG shop extended their legacy MRP system with a custom-coded, browser-based application to provide interactive scheduling for shop orders in their manufacturing facility. Polar Beverage is the largest independent soft-drink bottler in the U.S. Previously tracking weekly production scheduling via an Excel spreadsheet, they recognized a need for a better scheduling solution. They designed an elegant solution with a simple, intuitive user interface, allowing users to see 12 days of future production in a bar chart format. Individual orders appear as stacks of blocks for each day, sized according to order quantity. Order blocks can be dragged from one day to another to levelize production visually. Two other panels provide: 1) a daily view, where a day’s orders can be resequenced by drag and drop, plus 2) a search panel tor viewing planned (i.e. unscheduled) orders, which can be dragged onto the weekly schedule as firm planned orders.