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The Case Studies described below are based on information provided by companies who run Preactor with an ERP or accounting system. Each study has been written in collaboration with employees of the company and Preactor International would like to thank those who provided these insights into how Preactor is used and the benefits it has provided.

WOW Nutrition is a company operating in the consumer goods area with a focus on healthy food and drink products (Beverage, Diet and Light and Infant Nutrition products). With a pioneering and innovative strategy, the company began operations in 1999 in Brazil with the launch of Caferazzi, the first ready-to- drink cappuccino.
LaBan Foods is the largest specialized manufacturer of herb butter in the Netherlands. Apart from their own label, LaBan also manufactures private label herb butter for such supermarket chains as Jumbo and C1000. Every day the company faces challenges in order to play a successful role in the dairy industry.
Mueller Stoves, one of the new business units of Muller Group, was established in 2001 and to produce different items ranging from stoves, domestic ovens and cook-tops stoves. Today the unit has grown to about 518 employees in 94 000 m2 of built area, producing about 118, with a capacity of about 70,000 units per month.
Parnaplast Plastics Industries Ltda was founded in 1974 and is considered one of the best flexible packages manufacturer in Brazil, being reference of quality and competence in the flexible packages segment.
Kenco Techniques Ltd is a provider of manufacturing and technical services to a wide variety of industry sectors. Established in 1972, Kenco Techniques has long been renowned for excellent quality goods coupled with efficient and effective delivery and service to the Medical, Microsurgical and Aerospace Industries.
Samaravolgomash was founded in 1991 with the purposes of domestic production of reliable import-substituting shut-off valves (ball valves) for oil, gas and chemical industries. The company produces different types of all-welded and separable shut-off valves for above- and underground mounting and is characterized by low-volume and individual (customized) manufacturing.
With innovation as its cornerstone, Libbey quality, consistency, and exceptional customer service have become the standard in the industry. Libbey continues to invest in state-of-the-art production equipment and faster and more efficient manufacturing technologies.
Hercules Electric Motors Ltda., which specializes in the production of electric motors and special frequency inverters, began operating in 2005. During this period the milestone of three million motors produced was exceeded.
The Rudolph Usinados S/A was created in 1965 focused on the manufacture of tools for watchmakers. Currently the company is a reference in the machining industry, providing high quality machined products for various industries, including the automotive and appliances.
Operating for over 85 years in the identification market, HACO is recognized as the market leader in textiles labels and has an extensive portfolio of solutions that meet different market segments, exporting to over 30 countries.
EMS has been the leader in the pharmaceutical sector in Brazil for the last seven consecutive years. EMS commercializes products in practically every field in Medicine, through the production and sales of more than 2500 products such as Medical prescriptions, OTC (over the counter) products, generic medications, brand-name drugs and products specific for hospitals.
D&D Manufacturing Ltd., is a small company based in Diadema (Brazil). Its business is focused on drawing and cold rolling, straightening, grinding, polishing and stripping of special steels, stainless steels and other specialty alloys.
Sumida AG is a leading company in the electronic sector. It develops, manufactures and sells inductive components, modules, assemblies and complete systems.
KLL started producing suspensions and mechanical components for commercial vehicles 25 years ago. Its factory is located at Alvorada’s Industrial District, near Porto Alegre (RS/Brazil), where a team composed of 250 people develops suspensions using advanced technology.
FM Logistic, which was founded in 1962, is a company present in 11 countries with four key business activities: Warehousing, Transport, Co-packing, Supply chain management. In 2012, FM Logistic had 14,000 employees and a turnover of €807m.
Vortice is a market leader in air treatment products. Initially they produced a centrifugal aspirator for hood and then progressed to a variety of products which were increasingly sophisticated and high-performing for domestic, commercial and industrial environments.
Located in Marieville, Quebec, Canada, Sivaco started operations in 1950 as a nail manufacturing plant which soon transitioned to wire production. Today, at the forefront of wire production in North America, Sivaco designs, manufactures and delivers the highest quality wire products for a wide range of applications.
With annual revenues of around $3m, Herrbaiers is a classic example of a successful small and family business. The key is their continuous investment in technologies and management to enhance its customer service levels.
Brinox is an established European family business based in Sora, Slovenia, with 40 years of experience in providing fast, efficient, cost-competitive, and tailored turnkey solutions for the complex problems in the process industry.
Vivapen d.o.o. is carrying on the tradition of a workshop founded in 1967. This workshop primarily produced moulds for making technical plastic products. When the Vivapen company was established in 1990, it branched out into developing and manufacturing writing instruments and other stationery products.
Air Liquide Medical Systems is a subsidiary of the Air Liquide Group, world leader in supplying gases for industry, health and the environment. For more than 35 years, Air Liquide Medical Systems have been designing, manufactured and marketed a complete and innovative range of medical devices.
With 39 years of history, Telasul is one of main steel furniture manufacturing companies in Brazil and sells more than any other in several markets.
The Flexoprint Company was founded in 1997 and has been manufacturing labels since 2000. It is considered one of the most comprehensive suppliers in the labeling market, holding a wide variety of products such as labels and tags with or without adhesive, molded sleeves, as well as mono and laminated films in small or medium batch sizes.
Artis Matriz is a small company specializing in the design and manufactur e of injection mould tools for thermoplastic and thermosetting materials as well as for metal stamping, and general precision machining.
UNICASA is a company in the furniture sector at Bento Goncalves, one of the most important centres of this sector in Brazil. The group comprises the brands DELL ANNO, NEW and FAVORITE, with over 1,100 stores throughout Brazil.
Tabone has been supplying door handles and plastic edge banding for the furniture industry since 1988. Its manufacturing plant is located in Caxias do Sul (Brazil), a region known for its strong engineering and furniture industries.
World leader in the fields of engineering and technical projects for the oil and gas for over 50 years.
EMAG-SERWIS Sp. z o.o., based in Katowice, Poland, specializes in the manufacturing of models, prototypes, small-batch and unit production of devices designed to improve safety in the mining industry.
Starting out in Asia over 60 years ago, Zuellig Pharma has established itself as the leading healthcare distribution solution specialist in the region.
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.
International Greetings PLC is one of the world‟s leading designers, manufacturers, importers and distributors of giftwrap, stationery, gift bags, crackers, greeting cards and accessories.
Lonza is one of the world’s leading suppliers to the pharmaceutical, healthcare and life science industries with sales of CHF 2.937 billion in 2008. Its products and services span its customers’ needs at every stage from cell line construction to final product manufacture. Whilst headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, the company has a wide range of sites throughout the world that cater for its diverse areas of expertise, with its site in Slough, UK, being one of several that deals with the biopharmaceutical division of Lonza Custom Manufacturing.
Established in 1975 following the sell off of the Plessey’s Tool Room, Preformtools is now widely recognised as a leading solutions provider for companies requiring extremely high quality tools and components in the medical, high pressure fuel and hydraulics sectors.
With 20 years of experience in the metals and mechanical engineering sector, Cortiaço produces small, medium and large structures, including machinery and equipment for cutting, machining and heating. Their current headquarters is located in the city of Gravataí, Brazil and provides services that deal with the all aspects of a project including the equipment construction, transportation and installation on site. For the production processes the company employs a team of approximately 150 employees, in a plant of some 5,000 square meters. In addition to the manufacture of equipment, the oxy-cutting services, machining and heat treatment departments also provide a service to other companies.
The Metallurgical Flantech Ltda, founded in 2005, in the city of Caxias do Sul, Brazil is 130km from Porto Alegre, and is focused mainly on the production of exhaust system components for the automotive industry. Currently, the company has 10 employees, and their specialty is the production of large diameter special stainless steel short pipes and tube. Its products are delivered to major suppliers linked to car manufacturers from the centre of the Brazil, and also, more recently, outside the country. The components manufactured by Flantech can be found on brands, such as Volkswagen, Ford, Peugeot, Renault, Citröen, and General Motors.
With over thirty years experience in monomer casting and extrusion, Global EPP, previously named Nylacast Materials is synonymous with innovation, quality and technical excellence in relation to cast nylon and extruded semi-finished engineering plastics stock shapes. With three UK sites employing approximately 70 people, Global EPP has a worldwide presence with more than 70% of the product manufactured destined for export.
Supravis Group S.A., based in Bydgoszcz, Poland specializes in production of packaging for the food industry where the company's brand is known across all the cured meat producers in the domestic market. It has a significant market share in the Polish packaging market and 50% of its revenues come from overseas. Supravis’s products include multilayer casings, monolayer casings, barrier films and bags.
TRP Sealing Systems Ltd has grown from humble origins in 1981 to become the second largest Gasket Plate Heat Exchanger (PHE) manufacturer in the world. Twice awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise, the £20m company headquartered in Hereford has manufacturing partnerships with Dubai and India in addition to finishing sites in Romania and now produces approximately five million gaskets each year.
ZAO SOKK is one of the leading optical cable manufacturers in Russia. A Successful business with many prestigious awards and quality recognitions, such as “European Standard”, “Russian Economy Development Leader”, Russian Federation Government’s Quality Award, All-Russian Quality Organization “Russian Quality Leader” diploma. Integrated quality management systems cover all the business process from cable construction to acceptance testing at ZAO SOKK.
U.S. Paint is the market leader of coatings for exterior automotive parts, such as mirrors, trim, spoilers, molding, bumpers, grills, and other plastic parts. With manufacturing, laboratories and R&D based in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. Paint has 100 employees with annual sales of $25M. The facility is 150,000 square feet under one roof, producing 1.5M gallons of coatings a year with batch sizes ranging from 1 to 2,100 gallons. U.S. Paint holds ISO 9001:2000 and ANSI/ISO/ASQ Q9001-2000 certifications.
In 1999 after years of making his employers successful, Jeff Roth’s wife convinced him that he should start his own business. Jeff mortgaged the house, purchased his first CNC machine, and started manufacturing high quality machine parts for the aerospace industry in his garage. Jeff instinctively understood that to fulfill his dream to be the best he would have to deliver the highest quality products at the most competitive prices, and he would need to build innovative processes and systems that supported his vision.
Floform is a global supplier of cold formed components for the automotive, power semiconductor industries and a wide scope of applications requiring rivet fasteners. The company has been cold forming metals into complex shapes at its UK factory since 1959 and now has a specialist product range that includes electrodes for spark plugs, injector sleeves for diesel engines, heat sinks for power semiconductor devices, headed components for numerous auto electrical applications and commercial and industrial rivets.
PROFROID Industries has been manufacturing refrigerating equipment since 1961. Part of the CARRIER SCS Distribution Group, the French factory is located in Aubagne in the south of France.
Plastique Micron, a Canadian based mid-sized blow moulding plastic container manufacturer, has been in business since 1970 and employs approximately 175 people. In recent years the company has adopted a more customer-oriented approach to be more than just a manufacturer, but also a partner offering a complete, global packaging solution in the form of plastic containers.
Samson Rubber Industries (Pvt) Ltd - SRI, was established in 1983 as a member of the DSI Samson Group for the manufacture of pneumatic tyres & tubes. SRI manufactures tyres & tubes for Bicycle, Motorcycles, Agricultural & Industrial use to the highest international standards for both domestic & world markets. SRI is the unchallenged market leader in Sri Lanka for tyres & tubes and also has found successful markets in all six continents.
Highland Spring is the leading UK produced brand and number one spring water. It is the number two overall brand in the bottled water sector in Britain; number one sparkling water brand and the leading kids’ bottled water. Working on a 24x7 basis, at maximum output this equates to up to 90,000 bottles per hour which in 2006 meant that the company bottled around 240 million litres of water.
Contour Premium Aircraft Seating is one of the leading premium aircraft seating manufacturers in the world supplying to many leading international airlines. Headquartered in Cwmbran, Wales, the £100m turnover company employs 800 people across its 2 main sites which operate as a mini supply chain with the primary manufacturing and sub assembly business directly supplying the final assembly and sales business.
Opolgraf S.A. is a book printing and binding company located in Opole, Poland, which employs about 150 people, with approximately 8 million books under 1,700 titles produced annually.
SCA is a global consumer goods and paper company. They develop, produce and market personal care products, tissue, packaging solutions, publication papers and solid-wood products in more than 90 countries.
Company LIP Bled is located near Bled, a world renowned alpine resort, surrounded by the high peaks of Alps and richly forested plateaus. Founded in 1948, today it is one of the largest woods processing companies in Slovenia and the largest exporter in the sector.
NPIL Pharma is rapidly emerging as a leading global custom pharmaceutical manufacturer with sites in India, Canada and the UK. NPIL Morpeth has only been in existence since the former Pfizer plant was purchased by NPIL in June 2006 and is an integrated formulations site with the capacity to handle projects from early phase development through to full commercial manufacturing.
Armstrong Teesside is one of Armstrong World Industries manufacturing units, a subsidiary of Armstrong Holdings, and is a global leader in the design and manufacture of floors, ceilings and cabinets.
The electrical switch is an essential part of any electrical appliance and this is the focus of MarGirius Electric who design, develop and distribute switches and connectors for low tension electric energy. Based in Porto Ferreira, São Paulo, Brazil, MarGirius is one of the largest manufacturers of electrical switches in Brazil.
EDV Packaging is a Spanish group of companies who are leaders in hard barrier plastic packaging for the food industry worldwide. They have more than 30 years experience in food packaging, invests more than 3% of their sales in R+D, exports more than 75% of their production and is a recognized supplier to most food companies groups around the world.
Ardo UK Limited, has been a Kent based subsidiary of the Ardo Group since 1994 and supplies high quality frozen fruit and vegetables to over 400 key customers in the Retail and Food Services sector including Tesco, Sainsbury, Morrisons, Whitbread, Wetherspoons, and Aldi.
Sandvik Mining and Construction’s facility in Alachua, Florida, is part of the Sandvik group of companies and specialises in the assembly of drill rigs for surface mining. The company’s assembly unit in Alachua, employs over 200 people, with 150 of these used in the production of the wide variety of drill rigs for supply throughout the world.
Silvergate Plastics, established in 1985 and purchased in 1997 by British Vita, is a specialist provider of colour matched polymer solutions to end users both inside and outside the Vita group.
Located in Espírito Santo, Brazil, Companhia Siderúrgica de Tubarão (CST) is a world leader in the semi-finished steel market and is part of the Arcelor Group, one of the largest steel makers in the world. CST-Arcelor Brazil is the 11th largest Brazilian exporter and is responsible for 12% of worldwide sales volume for steel slabs.
Kingspan off-site manufacture Architectural Facade Systems, Volumetric Systems, and Wall Framing & Sections from cold rolled steel at the company's 50 acre site in North Yorkshire. The company operates on a lean manufacturing basis and yet offers flexibility in meeting varying and demanding requirements of its customers.
Established just after the Second World War, Willerby, with a turnover in excess of £100m and employing 650 employees at its site in Hull, UK is the market leader in the construction of Holiday Homes. Using skilled craftsmen and traditional build methods and materials, the workforce, working in departmental Silos, have been driven by a culture of ‘the more the better’.
Nevamar is a leading North American manufacturer of high quality decorative laminates. 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.
Hitchen Foods, based in Wigan, supplies a comprehensive range of added value vegetables and salad based products to the major multiple retailers and food service sector. First established in 1945, Hitchen Foods now prepares over 100,000 meals a day, created to exacting recipes developed by the company’s own top chefs.
Harmon Form Tools was formed in 1964, offering a grinding and tooling facility for the Aerospace, Defence and Commercial markets. In 1987 the company entered the machining market with the foundation of Harmon Manufacturing, initially meeting the requirements of existing customers in the Aerospace and Defence industries.
Trety, S.A. is a company that belongs to the French Trèves Group. The Trèves Group was founded in France the year 1836. Originally it was a familiar group that dedicated its first activities in the automotive parts sector.
Tilmanstone Salads, part of the Geest Group, is a specialist producer of value added packed salads. Fresh salad produce is supplied to the company from accredited growers in both the UK and Continental Europe.
Linc’s Cuisine (Sutton Bridge), part of the Geest Group, was established on the site of an existing industrial complex in Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire. This complex was largely demolished to make way for the current facility. The site opened in January 1999 and has been in constant production since then, currently employing around 200 staff.
Ferra Engineering is recognised in Australia as one of the leading companies supplying precision machined, high pressure aluminium die cast components. Founded in 1992, the company has developed an excellent reputation in the USA, Canada, China and Japan for supplying high quality precision telecommunication and electronic compnents. Supplying to such high profile customers as Boeing Australia, Pratt and Whitney, British Aerospace and Tenix Defence, quality control and on-time delivery are paramount considerations for Ferra. When it came to ensuring that its scheduling software could deliver, Ferra turned to Simulation Modelling Services Pty Ltd (SMS) and Preactor for assistance.
Founded in 1960, Eliane Revestimentos Cerâmicos is one of the largest producers of ceramic coatings, selling more than 1600 products to around 85 countries around the world. Eliane employs some 2,400 people across 12 plants in various parts of Brazil and in 2002 their revenue was about US$ 140 million.
Goonvean has been extracting kaolins, china stone, feldspars, and aggregate by-products in England for over two centuries. Kaolin is a fine clay used in ceramics and refractories and as a filler or coating for paper and textiles. The feldspar quarry—the last in the United Kingdom— produces high quality ceramic fluxing agents to compliment the clays.
Atwood / Spec-Temp is a specialist fabricator of tempered glass products targeting the Recreational Vehicle, Manufactured Housing, Furniture, Architectural, and Marine industries. From a family business founded in an Ohio horse barn in 1978, It has grown into a $35 million leader in the Tempered Glass Industry and is a member of the Huddersfield-based Heywood Williams Group.
FMC Technologies, Inc., a spin off company from the machinery portion of the FMC Corporation, founded some 100 years ago making world class products, is a global leader in mission-critical technology solutions through its industry-leading businesses that include FMC Energy Systems, FMC FoodTech and FMC Airport Systems.
A major supplier to the automotive industry has installed a Preactor PC-based graphical finite scheduling tool to help eliminate production bottlenecks, whilst at the same time improving lead-time accuracy and customer service.
A Preactor scheduling tool has begun playing a major role in the manufacturing operation of the world’s leading supplier of anodized aluminum parts to the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.
Metaltech Precision Engineers Ltd is a progressive and versatile medium-light engineering company offering broad based services in the precision sub-contract machining environment. With over 25 years manufacturing experience in the automotive, aircraft, pumps and hydraulics serving the requirements of such prestigious clients as Rolls Royce Plc and Specialist Car Products Ltd, Metaltech has seen a multitude of changes within this rapidly evolving marketplace.
Williams & Co., a company based in Southampton, UK produce aerospace and nuclear components for companies such as Vickers, GKN Westland Helicopters, Boeing and the French Helicopter company, Aero Speciale. As the customers of Williams aim to increase their world class positions it follows that they demand more from their suppliers.
Technicolor has been synonymous with the film industry for over eighty years, having become immortalised in the phrase, “Color by Technicolor”. Acquired by Carlton Communications plc in 1988 and awarded its ISO 9002 certification in 1995 by SGS Yarsley, Technicolor is also seen as the world leader in video duplication.
A Preactor 300 FCS tool is now helping LSG Sky Chefs UK Limited prepare up to 100,000 airline meals per week. Focused on the meal assembly area, Preactor is estimated to have achieved measurable productivity improvements of up to 15% when compared with previous performance levels.