Case Studies

Case Studies

Alstom Group

Alstom Group is a global leader in the world of power generation, rail infrastructure and electrical grid sector. Alstom Power Service provides a complete range of power generation services, support and equipment for demanding customers all over the world. Power Service’s extensive network of local facilities, experts and knowledge, stand ready to deliver the responsiveness and value that today’s electric power markets demand. They keep resources for the maintenance, update, and repair of every element of power operations. Alstom Croatia is a member of Alstom Group.

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Hoerbiger

From humble origins in 1894 Vienna, Hoerbiger has grown to become a leading player in the fields of compression technology, automation technology and drive technology employing a global workforce of 7,600 and achieving sales of 950 million euro. Hoerbiger branched into North America in the 1960s and now has 23 service centers in addition to 2 manufacturing centers one in Houston, Texas and a larger facility in Pompano Beach, Florida. When the company with its commitment to delivering cutting edge solutions needed to upgrade its planning and scheduling capabilities, it found the perfect fit with Preactor and Lean Scheduling International.

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Samuel Strapping Systems

Samuel Strapping Systems is a leading manufacturer and supplier of a broad range of steel and plastic strapping, hand tools, edge protection, stretch film equipment and consumables, as well as standard and custom engineered unitizing equipment. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Samuel, Son & Co., the US Packaging company supplies products to virtually every industry from its 3 manufacturing facilities and 6 distribution centers. When its spreadsheet driven production planning and scheduling became overly stretched by the economic events of 2008, Samuel Strapping turned to Preactor from Lean Scheduling International to contain its planning and scheduling issues.

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Nevamar

Nevamar is one of the top manufacturers of decorative interior surfaces in North America.  Its products are found in a wide variety of installations, including airports, offices, bowling alleys, sports stadiums, retail stores, fast food restaurants, hospitals, homes and schools. The Company is a leader in manufacturing high pressure laminate. For a number of years Nevamar, who had plants in Hampton, SC and Odenton, MD, was owned by International Paper.  Nevamar was purchased in 2002 by a private investment group.  The new management team began to modernize the company. A key objective was to improve customer service and consolidate operations. In 2004 all high pressure laminate manufacturing was consolidated in the Hampton facility. Preactor and Lean Scheduling allows you to model the real world you live in. If your schedule makes no sense to shop floor operators then they will not follow it and your APS system will be of no value to you.

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Thilmany

In June of 2005, Kohlberg, LLC, purchased Thilmany Papers from International Paper (IP).  The acquisition included a pulp mill, two paper mills and a paper converting facility in the Green Bay, WI area. As part of the sale agreement, IP agreed to let the new company use the existing IP legacy business systems for an interim period. This meant that the new company would have to find replacements for almost every system including the SAP financials, Plant Maintenance, mainframe order entry and scheduling systems, shipping and invoicing. During assessment of integration, Thilmany’s legacy Manufacturing Execution System was selected for replacement as well.

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King Plastic

King Plastic Corporation has been developing and manufacturing quality polymer sheets, slabs and massive shapes since 1968. Its industry-leading branded and commodity products are manufactured at the company’s state-of-the art, 150,000 square foot headquarters in North Port, Florida and distributed worldwide. King Plastic Corporation pioneered the first marine-grade polymer sheet, King StarBoard®, which remains the dominant brand in the marine industry today. Since then, King has produced dozens of breakthrough products for a wide variety of industries, from food service to signage to giant slabs weighing more than 6,000 pounds. King continues to raise the bar with new products, new production techniques and new standards of excellence.

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Polyclad

Founded in 1976, Polyclad has evolved into the international leader in the production of high performance laminates. In 1987 Polyclad was purchased by Cookson Group plc and became a member of Cookson Electronics. With 3 plants and approximately 700 employees in the US, Polyclad has an additional 10 facilities in Europe and Asia. Polyclad’s growth has been matched by its ability to adapt quickly to new technologies and shifting customer demands  - an ability which remains central to the company's success. In addition to providing products of the highest technical quality, Polyclad's goal is to be recognized as the most responsive company in the industry. When it needed a scheduling solution to help it achieve this, Polyclad turned to Preactor International for assistance.

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