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Preactor® is the World's leading Advanced Planning and Production Scheduling Software.
We have developed a fast, flexible interface between Preactor and Sage 1000.
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Proven Return on Investment
Preactor creates an integrated plan of all resources -
Jobs are forward or backward scheduled within the available capacity, then the system can highlight late orders and any material shortages (with a date required).
Reports show capacity utilisation, work-
Material Explorer allows you to visualise the link between opening stock and producing
and consuming orders, taking into account multi-
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”Blake UK now has complete visibility of not just its daily production plan but also its next 7 days projected workload. It also has the ability to manually adjust this plan and immediately see the impact of any changes made which can be invaluable when optimising delivery levels.
Managing Director Paul Blake is adamant that as a result the company is in better shape than before. "Preactor has allowed to us to sizeably reduce our stock levels and improve our Just in Time capabilities which is why our lead time has been reduced from a number of weeks to just 7 days."
Cavin Carver, the company’s Works Director, comments: "We use Preactor both for make to order and to allow us to carry stock on critical lines. As a result our production planning has been reduced from two days a week to half an hour a day. We have also improved next day delivery ability to approx 85% and have also reduced backorders. Before we installed Preactor we were backordering certain items seven or eight times when we were busy. Now it is very unusual to see anything backordered more than twice and when this happens, it is due to a stock error, failed manufacturing plan or failed delivery.
We now have full visibility of the manufacturing plan for a week ahead on a rolling basis. This makes it much easier to adapt to changing requirements and assess knock on effects of changing the plan"
The final word belongs to Paul. "There’s more that we can do with the system but one thing’s for sure, we simply couldn’t have grown in the way we have as a company without Preactor."
Paul Blake -
Cavin Carver -
Blake Uk Ltd
Preactor is proven to work in most types of manufacturing company. Over 100 case studies are available at:
They implemented and support our Preactor system and its interface with Sage Line 500.
What would happen if someone took away Preactor? For a start we would have to go back to holding high buffer stocks because purchasing would not have an accurate plan to work to.
Preactor ensures that we have a valid sequence of running the related works orders,
and outputs "Work-
This is just one part of the advantages of having full visibility of the plan.
Previously we just had a list of jobs, now we have a colour coded Gantt chart view that is so easy to use when reacting to changes in the production environment. In other situations we can look ahead and spot potential problems, so we can actually be proactive instead of reactive.
Our Production Director knows that he can make decisions based on the capacity graphs because nothing is planned in the past, so the peaks and troughs in loading really are likely to happen in the weeks shown! This is vital because we frequently use temporary production and warehouse staff.
And visibility for UPL means we can give visibility to our customers at the push of a button. We send a production schedule directly to some customers, for 2 reasons. Obviously they want to see when the finished goods will be supplied, but many also provide us with their own packaging materials and so they use the start date of jobs as a schedule for delivering the packaging to us.
Our Maintenance department also use the planning reports -
And we have been able to achieve all of this without the Routings and WIP modules, which were too complicated for what we needed."
Steve Snelson -
Universal Products Ltd
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So the entire supply chain is modelled in one system, allowing you to run and save
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Preactor can also be used to generate a Master Production Schedule (MPS), suggesting the production quantities for top level SKUs in order to keep future stock at an acceptable level. Providing days cover in make to stock and FMCG environments.
The regular scheduling engine underpins this, providing rough cut capacity management and (optionally) a firm plan period based on an underlying Preactor AS scheduling system.
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