Academic Writing,  My Story

PPIC Game

It all started at the end of March when the teams for the PPIC Game were broadcasted trough the line group. From those names, I was in group 5 with the other 8 members and one senior as our coach. Not long after, a briefing was conducted by the seniors to us—the junior who will be participating in the game. Then, we decided which person took which role in the following divisions discussed below.

Each week we were given a coaching session to see our progress. Before that session, we had a simulation training from our coach, though we could have done it several times, we preferred doing only once, at least our performance during the coaching session wasn’t too bad. LOL.

The big day finally appeared on 3 May, the University of Indonesia’s Industrial Engineering Department held this annual game. PPIC game is basically a simulation about production planning and scheduling in the industries.

In the manufacturing industries, PPIC (Production Planning and Inventory Control) is a division led by the PPIC manager. The division’s main activities are:

  • Scheduling the manufacturing production. It includes forecasting, master planning, Material Requirements Planning (MRP) and capacity planning.
  • Implementation and control. It executes the production activities.
  • Inventory management. It tracks the material usage during the production and plans the next purchasing for the upcoming production.

The game started at 8 AM with an opening ceremony speech from the head department. It consists of 8 periods in total that began at 9 AM. Each period started after a 10 minutes period break for 7.5 minutes and 2 minutes of overtime. The production outputs are several Tamiya with a blue body, a white body, or a black body depending on the demand.

There are 9-10 members each team divided into 6 divisions:

1. The PPIC

Operator: 1 person

Role:

  • Carry out the planning and production scheduling
  • Submit the raw material demand to the purchasing
  • Hand over the requirement production documents to the other divisions
2. The Purchasing

Operator: 1 person (if the team only consists 9 members, the PPIC and the purchasing are 1 person)

Role:

  • Make two purchase orders that will be delivered to the suppliers
3. The Supplier

Operator: 2 person

Role:

  • Deliver the raw materials that are divided into 5 parts
    • Part 1: Chasis, dynamo, dynamo cap
    • Part 2: Front tires, back tires, switch
    • Part 3: Brass, switch cap, batteries
    • Part 4: Batteries cap, body key
    • Part 5: Blue body, white body, black body
4. The Raw Material Warehouse / Gudang Bahan Baku (GBB) 

Operator: 2 person

Role:

  • Receive the raw materials from the supplier
  • Calculate the final inventory during period break
5. The Workstation (WS)

Operator: 3 person

Role:

  • Assemble the Tamiya parts
  • Each person assembling different parts:

6. The Warehouse of Finished Goods & Sales / Gudang Barang Jadi (GBJ)

Operator: 1 person

Role:

  • Calculate the total of the finished products
  • Report the inventory to the PPIC during the period break

We ranked 8 from 12 teams. Of course, we didn’t win the game but we had so much fun together and learned that winning wasn’t everything. That one and a half month together with them were the best moments during this semester. I hope that we could become teammates again in another event!

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