LaBan Foods is the largest specialized manufacturer of herb butter in the Netherlands. Apart from their own label, LaBan also manufactures private label herb butter for such supermarket chains as Jumbo and C1000. Every day the company faces challenges in order to play a successful role in the dairy industry. For instance, LaBan has to take into account short delivery times because the food they manufacture have a short shelf life. This means that rapid changes need to be made during the production process. A challenge is presented by the broad assortment and the many forms of packaging which need specialized production planning software.
LaBan Foods uses Microsoft Dynamics NAV in combination with SI Foodware by Schouw Informatisering. Preactor's production planning software is used for making the daily detailed planning. The Schouw Informatisering's add-on controls this planning tool, which means the detailed planning can be made much faster.
When compiling the detailed planning, Preactor's planning program takes into account the actual available capacity (finite capacity), which clearly shows immediately whether orders will be manufactured on time.
After planning has released the Schedule, all relevant data - such as start/stop times - are transmitted back to the Microsoft Dynamics NAV database. As a result, the production floor can be controlled with to-the-minute accuracy. LaBan Foods is now in a better position to promise their clients short delivery times and to deliver with reliability.
"The production planning software of Preactor has enabled us to plan more efficiently. Forgetting to include orders in production planning is a thing of the past, because orders are retrieved based on the sales orders in Microsoft Dynamics NAV".
"The fact that you can shift production orders around on the graphic planning board in Preactor means you can determine the sequence of production, so you can take account of allergens or any extra cleaning that is needed when you switch from one product to another. It also means you can improve the alignment of production orders, so machines are not left idle between two orders".
"The fact that production times are calculated in Preactor based on the information in Microsoft Dynamics NAV means you also control whether the information in Microsoft Dynamics NAV is correct, because it is visualized on the graphic planning board. If production eventually fails to meet these times, it is simple to find out exactly what went wrong. Did production give rise to problems that resulted in failure to realize production planning or do the times in Microsoft Dynamics NAV need to be adjusted?’’
"All our production lines have been entered into Preactor's planning tool, which gives you a good idea of which machines are available. Drawing up production planning in Preactor enables you to make a better planning of employees and you can see in advance whether you will need to hire extra people", says Michiel Bakker of LaBan Foods.
Preactor is a solution for manufacturing businesses also in the food industry. The interface between the two programs makes use of XML messages and Web Services. Modern technology ensures that users always maintain data at a single location.
"It is becoming increasingly important to raise the level of service that your organization provides. Customers demand deliveries at short notice. The planning and scheduling software of Preactor were specifically developed with this in mind. A growing number of ERP suppliers are opting for Preactor software as graphic planning board. It is with good reason that Preactor is worldwide market leader in this field", according to Martijn Donkersloot, Senior Sales Consultant at Evologics.