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Leap in productivity at Grupo Tornado thanks to Preactor software
Thursday, March 28, 2013
MANUFACTURER Grupo Tornado is celebrating a huge hike in its productivity since installing advanced planning and scheduling software from Preactor.

The firm, which manufactures and markets components for pneumatic equipment and similar items under the Intor brand, has begun using Preactor at its main plant in Basavilbaso, Entre Rios.

It has seen man-hour productivity jump from less than 40 per cent to 67 per cent in the first two months after Preactor implementation. It has now set the goal of achieving 80 per cent productivity.

Preactor products allow companies to schedule production to make optimum use of finite resources to meet manufacturing deadlines. They can be integrated with existing IT software such as ERP systems.

Grupo Tornado has been working with local Preactor partner SIMLog, based in Buenos Aires, to find a way of introducing the software while sticking to a limited budget. SIMLog came up with the approach of training Grupo Tornado staff to model their own solution based on a Preactor configuration supplied by SIMLog, thus minimising the number of days they needed support from SIMLog consultants. SIMLog then came in to integrate Preactor with the firm’s existing MRP system and help improve the model.

Osvaldo Brunstein, president of Grupo Tornado, said that implementing the software had been simple and the firm was already reaping the rewards financially.

He said: “We are generating savings in set-up times, visibility of future activity of the plant, and almost instant rescheduling. We can see a lot of opportunities once we have achieved the full potential of Preactor.”

Enrique Wojnacki, commercial director of SIMLog, said: “We are proud of this implementation, the first one using the approach where the customer provides the majority of the resources.”

“We plan to replicate the experience achieved with Grupo Tornado with other companies of a similar size in the fabricated metals and automotive components sectors, as well as other SMEs.”

Preactor software is already used by more than 4,500 customers across 75 countries, and is translated into over 30 languages.