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Specialist production planning and scheduling software company, Preactor International, has announced that the number of companies currently using its software has now reached the milestone 2000 mark.
With customers in 64 countries, this is claimed by the company to be the largest installed base of any independent, production planning software company in the world.
Mike Novels, Managing Director of Preactor International commented on the significance of the news. Manufacturers are beginning to realise that to remain competitive, they simply cannot continue to rely on spreadsheets for production planning and scheduling. We are also seeing more and more interest from global companies wanting a single solution across all their plants but recognising that they need local support for the implementation. They are correct in recognising the need to think global but to act local. Our range of solutions can be customised to fit each plants needs based on a single code base while our extensive accredited team of partners can provide the local expertise, training and implementation support that is also required.
And it is not just global brands that are benefiting from Preactors award winning range of production planning solutions. Interest is very strong from Small to Mid-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Preactors latest release, version 10. This represents the culmination of 15 years experience in the production planning software business combined with feedback of more than 8,000 users. Novels concludes, We are justly proud that many of our customers that invested in Preactor in our infancy remain happy, satisfied customers to this day. Our unparalleled experience, now borne out by over 2,000 companies, makes Preactor a highly scaleable and flexible system that can grow and adapt as its users become ever more successful.
About Preactor International
Preactor International is the world leader in production scheduling software with more than 8,000 installations in more than 2000 companies located in 64 countries. Preactors unique combination of ease-of-use, flexibility and affordability provides planners with a decision support tool that helps companies reach maximum agility in a fast moving, demand driven, make to order, lean environment.
Preactor has been used successfully in many different types of planning and scheduling environment. It has a significant installed base in Automotive, Aerospace, Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Printing, Packaging, Plastics, Metals and Metal Fabricated Products, Food and Beverages, Electronics and Electrical Equipment, Precision Engineering, Services and Logistics. There are more than 60 documented case studies showing how companies have saved money through Preactor, in particular through lower stocks and inventory levels, higher productivity through better sequencing and obtaining new business through improved on-time delivery performance.
Preactor is designed for integration with other software such as ERP. These products typically export a list of operations that need to be completed to produce all new and existing demands. Using Preactor, the user then schedules which task to complete, by which production resource, and at what time using a combination of automatic rules and manual drag-drop on the interactive planning board. When released by the planner the schedule information updates ERP with the confirmed production schedule, revised route, sequence and timings from the Preactor plan. Preactors sequencing engine provides additional functionality over and above competitive products. For example multiple constraints (e.g. machines, staff, tooling etc), attribute based sequencing (e.g. preferred sequencing and campaigning to minimise changeover times), complex, user definable scheduling rules and dependencies between orders.
Some of the most well known mid-market ERP companies including Sage, SYSPRO, Divalto, Softbrands and QAD partner with Preactor to offer their clients the production scheduling power of Preactor. In addition to a huge range of SME companies, Preactor is also used by some of the most well known companies in the world including Toyota, Pfizer, Alcan, CST-Arcelor, Bakkavor, Imperial Tobacco, Diageo, GKN, PPG, Dunlop, Quebicor and many more.