Vortice achieves 'lean production' using Preactor software

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Ventilation equipment manufacturer Vortice has streamlined its production process and increased efficiency thanks to the installation of Preactor advanced planning and scheduling software.

The Milan-based firm, which is a European market leader in ventilation, air conditioning, air cleaning and heating systems, has responded to market demands for smaller, more varied orders.

A major overhaul of its Tribiano manufacturing plant and supply chain management has led to a redesign of production lines in order to create more, shorter lines to ensure manufacturing flexibility.

But the increased flexibility meant it became harder to manually create schedules to make optimum use of the new resources, so Vortice implemented specialist Preactor software in order to do this.

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.

Giuseppe Baldeschi, Vortice production manager, said: "In order to manage our production mix, we needed visibility of potential bottlenecks, plus we needed to optimize our resources according to the kind of products to be made. Preactor enables us to achieve the full benefits of our work transforming our production process to 'lean production'."

Vortice worked with local Preactor partner proe2 to implement the Preactor software and integrate it with its IT management system, based on AS400.

Marco Naj Fovino at proe2 said: "Vortice has an international reputation for high-performance products, and it needed a scheduling solution that would perform equally highly to keep its edge in a competitive market. We worked with the firm to find the best Preactor solution for its needs, as well as integrate it with the existing IT management system so the two systems could share information."

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

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