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Brochures
These brochures include general information about Preactor and its products, how Preactor links to and adds value to ERP systems, how Preactor helps you to become leaner, and the benefits/ROI experienced by our users.

Sector Fliers
These brochures focus on specific business sectors.  Each one describes the type of company where Preactor is currently used, some excerpts from Preactor case studies and testimonials from users in this sector.

White Papers
These are documents that describe general information on and issues surrounding the subject of Planning and Scheduling.



The paper describes the possibility of using of the Preactor Express software as a visualisation and manipulation platform for custom scheduling algorithms.
A challenge has been to exploit a simple metric to measure the time the capital remains “locked up” on the shop floor without masking problems within the schedule. One measure worth considering is the Q-Ratio.
This paper aims to present some joint approaches to achieving better results from the use of APS technology aligned with the principles of Lean Manufacturing.
The essence of lean thinking is the identification and elimination of waste in any administration and manufacturing process in any production system. This paper describes the best improvement techniques from various technologies that job shop managers must choose from.
First, the concept of Lean Thinking is introduced and reviewed. This is followed by an explanation of the basic concepts of Value Stream Mapping (VSM), with a listing of the advantages and disadvantages of VSM.
Lean Thinking, a concept that is based on the Toyota Production System, extends continuous improvement efforts to reduce the costs of serving customer/s beyond the physical boundaries of a manufacturing facility, by including the suppliers, distributors and production system that support the manufacturing function [Womack and Jones, 1996].
This manual mapping method for design of service and production systems is ideally suited for implementing Lean in facilities engaged in repetitive production of high-volumes of low (or no) variety of products on dedicated assembly lines (or cells).
This paper describes the use of string and tree clustering algorithms for the design of modular layouts for fabrication-based assembly facilities using the Assembly Operations Process Chart (AOPC) representation of the Operations Process Charts for all parts and subassemblies contained in a product BOM.
The scope of this paper is to discuss the application of Preactor for those who are interested in using a scheduling rule based on weighting attributes of an order.
Quickly resolving the most efficient schedule with many orders placing demands within a constrained production environment becomes difficult, and an automated scheduling tool is no longer a luxury but a necessity.
As companies consider scheduling solutions they are often faced with a decision between single site systems that force schedule models that are so large in data content that only simple scheduling rules are effective as a near-real time decision support tool.
Without true finite capacity scheduling, any implementation for manufacturing execution, whether it is ERP, SCM, or MES, cannot realize the goal of enterprise efficiency and agility. All aspects of OM for manufacturing execution fall behind the lead of FCS, which is the bridge between planning and execution.
The scope of this document is to discuss the options in using Preactor® software products for enterprise-wide use. For purposes of this paper, the term “enterprise” means a collection of multiple sites that benefit from some degree of centralized management. Each site may have additional information that modifies or augments the plan generated by
In today’s challenging times, operational efficiency is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity. Increased competition and globalization have reduced margins. To survive the turmoil, organizations must be fit and agile.
Paul Lambert of Cash Bases describes the 'journey' with Preactor for scheduling production of cash handling equipment.
Economies of scale require many industries to use the concept of creating batches at one or more steps in their manufacturing process.
The purpose of this white paper is to provide the prospective buyer of a visual planning or visual scheduling system with the understanding of the differences between the two, and why the visual scheduling system provides the superior return on investment of the IT expenditure.
The material war is over; the battle for capacity has just begun. Companies have invested in philosophies, software and systems to control materials yet the availability of capacity is a key factor in determining delivery. This can be even more complex when multiple plants/facilities are part of a supply chain.
Reliance on Spreadsheets for not needing APS shown to be No.1 myth.
Lean manufacturing is currently one of the buzz words in industry and quite rightly so. Most companies are under pressure to produce more products in shorter delivery times, without visibility of future demand and with fewer inventories. That’s quite a feat to achieve.
Is the fresh food sector showing us the way to be truly Lean and Agile?
This paper is a short resume of various optimization techniques and their application to production scheduling. Descriptions of four different optimization techniques are given. The use of each technique is described in the context of real-world production scheduling decision-making environments.
Most of the proponents of lean manufacturing suggest that it removes or substantially reduces the need for IT support. In this paper we examine the case for pursuing IT (in the form of APS) as the only way to create a truly lean factory.
An interview with Mike Novels, Chairman & Managing Director, Preactor International.
In the years surrounding the change in the Millennium we have seen some fundamental changes in the market for and the application of business software for manufacturing companies. Many ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software suppliers have seen (apart from the blip caused by the Y2K panic) a steady deterioration in their market place caused pe
Kanban is primarily a way of automating the flow of product through a staged manufacturing process, usually some form of assembly.
More powerful, low cost computing systems and software development tools that allow creation of fast, easy-to-maintain software have driven the cost of sophisticated software down with no compromise in performance. For manufacturing, the most visible example of enhanced price/performance software is finite capacity scheduling (FCS) systems.
It is not uncommon for people to assume that project planning and finite scheduling software perform the same task. You can see why this happens from a cursory review of these types of software, since both feature Gantt charts to show visually the work that has to be completed.
The ever increasing pressures from the market place has caused companies to re-assess how the production planning function is carried out and to look for tools that will support the decision making process and generate achievable schedules in a timely manner.
Well the straight answer to this is yes of course it does and in fact when it uses the SBS engine it does very similar things to what a traditional discrete event simulator does with a number of important differences.