Why Planners Choose Preactor
“Although we are a 70% Make-To-Stock manufacturer, Preactor’s GMPS planning allows us to manufacture what our customer’s need, when they need it. It allows for the flexibility to mix made to stock and made to order items into our overall production mix while maintaining customer service levels. Preactor GMPS allows us to validate our near term schedule while planning inventory in the long term. This allows us to balance lower inventory levels while growing our business.”
- Patrick Hoffmann, Director of Inventory at Samuel Strapping Systems Inc. USA
For almost 25 years we have been working closely with Schedulers in the US and Europe. Below is a list of typical frustrations and concerns that, amazingly enough, has not changed over the years.
- We have too much inventory
- We are losing orders because we never seem to have the right stock on hand
- Our forecasting system is flawed
- We tie up our capacity making the wrong stuff
- It takes us too long to react when demand changes
- We never have the right raw materials on hand
- Our planning system does not consider capacity constraints
- We are planning in monthly or weekly buckets but demand is changing every day
- Our planning system does not consider shelf life
- My planning system does not consider supply from my short term schedule
Finding the right Planning Solution:
Unlike scheduling, planning can be done in an ERP system. In some cases this may not be a problem but if you are facing a volatile demand pattern and you need to consider the capacity constraints of your manufacturing facilities then you may need a better tool.
Preactor GMPS is a highly interactive and graphical tool that was developed for fast moving industries such as fresh food manufacturers. The key benefit is being able to determine what your customers need and when they will need it. Having a planning solution that helps them react quickly to volatile demand patterns gives companies a significant edge.
It should be noted that if you are a make to stock manufacturer with volatile demand patterns, poor planning will cause problems that cannot be fixed by a good scheduling system.
For more information please contact LSI.