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Preactor Provides the Vital Component for STOCKO
June 2005

Stocko ProductsSTOCKO of Andlau, France, is one of the leading manufacturers of electro-mechanical components in Europe. Its core markets include the domestic appliances industry, heating industry, industrial electronics, consumer electronics, multimedia, telecommunication, automotive and distribution.

Part of the Wieland group since 1998, the company takes pride in meeting the constant challenges in all areas of development, production, marketing and customer service. It achieves this with regular staff training programmes, the latest production methods and systems, optimised logistics and forward looking investments.

Its product portfolio includes multi-way connector systems; crimping or soldering; solderless terminals; precision-made stampings; hand tools, and semi- and fully automated machines. After stamping, products are wound on specific rolls using retractors for surfacing. These rolls are then stored in a work in progress shop prior to surfacing in nickel plate or tin. When surfacing is completed, rolls are returned to the same stock after presses, awaiting packaging and shipping.

Under the German group’s instructions, the IT system moved to SAP during 2002, having previously used PYRA, a French ERP system. However, the company was aware of certain remaining production issues. This was when it made contact with Preactor and its consultancy Segula.

STOCKO faced a variety of ongoing production constraints including a lack of flow balance between stamping presses and surfacing. This was particularly acute in light of a number of constraints that had to be taken into account, making the scheduling more complex. These constraints included the fact that operating hours were different between the presses and the 2 surfacing lines. Bottlenecks also had a tendency to occur at the nickel plating or tinning stage.

The Solution
STOCKO chose Preactor 400 APS mainly for its capacity to customise technical data, to model constraints and especially for its capacity to use customised sequencing rules. By implementing Preactor, STOCKO wanted to reach a number of improvement targets. These included the reduction of administrative work required to build the schedules.

The company also wanted to realise several simulations in order to optimise opening hours. Other aims included the desire to improve the workload of equipments; reduce work order lead time and control the work in progress between stamping machines and surfacing.

The implementation of Preactor comprised a series of main steps: detailed analysis; prototype; prototype implementation and training; prototype test by STOCKO’s users, adjustments and simultaneous finalisation by implementer Segula; and final delivery of the product.

The implementation of Preactor was principally conducted by the department manager. The next logical step for the Preactor project was to coordinate production planning and trade, in order to improve customer service. Some interfaces were reworked, along with the technical database, because certain data stored in Preactor needed to be transferred back to SAP.

Benefits
Since going live with Preactor STOCKO has appreciably improved its service rate by up to 95%, and its delivery time from 16 days in 2000 to 5 days in 2004. STOCKO commented: “We are very satisfied with Preactor software, and with Segula’s quality service and reactivity on modification requests.