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Beverages, Fortune 50

Production Sequencing in Production Planning Detailed Scheduling

Client: Fortune 50

Delivered: Supply Planning

Industry: CPG, Food & Beverage

Company Size: 65B

Limited Sequencing Functionality Within the Legacy Environment

 

Limited capabilities around creating a consistent, predetermined sequence for production scheduling in order to maximize manufacturing output.

 

The typical “color wheel” process is very difficult to model in legacy PPDS using standard configuration and master data.

Utilized Product Master Data and Detailed Scheduling to Model Production Sequencing

 

This solution utilizes core functionality within APO to define an optimal sequence to minimize setup and transition times.

 

Schedule orders either interactively or through a background process.

 

Simplify master data maintenance.

Maximized Efficiency in Production Schedule

 

Sequencing and scheduling are configured to support a consistent, operationally efficient schedule based on optimal operational production flow.

 

Complete flexibility in master data management to support dynamic operational needs.

 

Does the “heavy lifting” for the scheduler, allowing them to focus on managing exceptions.

 

Reduction in Scheduler Effort to Create a Consistent Schedule.0%
+ At a Glance

Client: Fortune 50

Delivered: Supply Planning

Industry: CPG, Food & Beverage

Company Size: 65B

+ The Problem

Limited Sequencing Functionality Within the Legacy Environment

 

Limited capabilities around creating a consistent, predetermined sequence for production scheduling in order to maximize manufacturing output.

 

The typical “color wheel” process is very difficult to model in legacy PPDS using standard configuration and master data.

+ Our Solution

Utilized Product Master Data and Detailed Scheduling to Model Production Sequencing

 

This solution utilizes core functionality within APO to define an optimal sequence to minimize setup and transition times.

 

Schedule orders either interactively or through a background process.

 

Simplify master data maintenance.

+ Benefits

Maximized Efficiency in Production Schedule

 

Sequencing and scheduling are configured to support a consistent, operationally efficient schedule based on optimal operational production flow.

 

Complete flexibility in master data management to support dynamic operational needs.

 

Does the “heavy lifting” for the scheduler, allowing them to focus on managing exceptions.

 

Reduction in Scheduler Effort to Create a Consistent Schedule.0%

McCain Foods

Enhancing Visual Capabilities of the Detail Scheduling Planning Board Scheduling

Delivered: Supply Planning

Industry: CPG, Food & Beverage

Company Size: 7B

Poor Production Schedules Driving Inefficiencies

 

Shop Floor efficiencies constantly outside tolerance.

 

Detail Production Schedules were late and inaccurate.

 

Vital Shop Floor scheduling information took too long to gather.

Simplify Data Collection and Analysis

 

Leverage standard APO PPDS configuration objects.

 

Provide a single real time planning board for efficient scheduling.

 

Represent planning considerations numerically and graphically.

Increases Shop Floor Efficiency

 

Schedulers could analyze critical planning parameters for faster decision making.

 

Standardized planner scheduling processes ensures consistent planning results.

 

Efficiency Savings Production Planning and Scheduling Efficiency Savings0%
Shop Floor Efficiency Improvement due to Schedule Sequencing0%
+ At a Glance

Delivered: Supply Planning

Industry: CPG, Food & Beverage

Company Size: 7B

+ The Problem

Poor Production Schedules Driving Inefficiencies

 

Shop Floor efficiencies constantly outside tolerance.

 

Detail Production Schedules were late and inaccurate.

 

Vital Shop Floor scheduling information took too long to gather.

+ Our Solution

Simplify Data Collection and Analysis

 

Leverage standard APO PPDS configuration objects.

 

Provide a single real time planning board for efficient scheduling.

 

Represent planning considerations numerically and graphically.

+ Benefits

Increases Shop Floor Efficiency

 

Schedulers could analyze critical planning parameters for faster decision making.

 

Standardized planner scheduling processes ensures consistent planning results.

 

Efficiency Savings Production Planning and Scheduling Efficiency Savings0%
Shop Floor Efficiency Improvement due to Schedule Sequencing0%

Estee Lauder

Third-Party Management (TPM) Master Data Automation Solution

Client: Fortune 500

Delivered: Supply Planning

Industry: CPG, Health & Beauty

Company Size: 11B

Eliminate Third Party Management Master Data Errors

 

Third Party Master Data was consistently outdated and improperly maintained.

 

No single point of contact for TPM master data ownership (Spread across 12+ FTEs).

 

Master Data errors lead to delayed finish good receipts and shipments.

Automate Master Data Creation and Promotion Checks

 

Create enhancements to better manage Master Data

 

Automate Master Data creation

 

Create a Master Data verification workflow

Reduce TPM Master Data Operating Costs and Delays

 

Minimized Master Data processing run time by running automated solution on demand

 

Reduced shipping and receiving Master Data Delays0%
+ At a Glance

Client: Fortune 500

Delivered: Supply Planning

Industry: CPG, Health & Beauty

Company Size: 11B

+ The Problem

Eliminate Third Party Management Master Data Errors

 

Third Party Master Data was consistently outdated and improperly maintained.

 

No single point of contact for TPM master data ownership (Spread across 12+ FTEs).

 

Master Data errors lead to delayed finish good receipts and shipments.

+ Our Solution

Automate Master Data Creation and Promotion Checks

 

Create enhancements to better manage Master Data

 

Automate Master Data creation

 

Create a Master Data verification workflow

+ Benefits

Reduce TPM Master Data Operating Costs and Delays

 

Minimized Master Data processing run time by running automated solution on demand

 

Reduced shipping and receiving Master Data Delays0%

"SCM Connections was literally the only consulting partner that could have pulled off this much change in this challenging environment"

- IT Project Lead, MAT Holdings

SCM Connections worked closely with MAT holdings to implement a revolutionary IBP planning system for their users. The client went from planning and forecasting on a custom, desktop-based solution to planning in IBP in under 6 months. At the end of the project, the SCMC team delivered a sustainable, industry leading supply chain planning solution with forecast accuracy that matched the seasonal demand patterns of a very complex business across a high volume of item numbers.

Beverages, Fortune 50

Production Planning/Detailed Scheduling and Supply Network Planning Optimizer

Client: Fortune 50

Delivered: Supply Planning

Industry: CPG, Food & Beverage

Company Size: 65B

Replace Outdated Planning Solution

 

Client goal: maximize IT investment and establish a single provider planning solution

 

Planning solution was not linked to execution system, therefore plans were outdated and constantly out of sync

 

Integrated solution was more efficient and cost-effective versus their existing best of breed solution

Implement an Integrated Planning Suite

 

Reduce IT operating costs with a single planning platform

 

Develop full weekly production planning solution using SNP optimization

 

Avoid costly enhancements by utilizing master and configuration data features

 

Implement PPDS heuristics to facilitate efficient scheduling sequences

 

Standardizing planning solution and procedures

Reduce Cost of Ownership

 

$500K IT operating expense reduction per year

 

Minimal customization simplifies the user experience

 

Provides supply chain visibility to mitigate operational disruptions

 

Standardized solution improved scalability for company growth by spreading “tribal knowledge” access the rest of the organization

 

Reduction in Reaction Time to Customer Demands0%
IT Ownership Cost Reduction0%
+ At a Glance

Client: Fortune 50

Delivered: Supply Planning

Industry: CPG, Food & Beverage

Company Size: 65B

+ The Problem

Replace Outdated Planning Solution

 

Client goal: maximize IT investment and establish a single provider planning solution

 

Planning solution was not linked to execution system, therefore plans were outdated and constantly out of sync

 

Integrated solution was more efficient and cost-effective versus their existing best of breed solution

+ Our Solution

Implement an Integrated Planning Suite

 

Reduce IT operating costs with a single planning platform

 

Develop full weekly production planning solution using SNP optimization

 

Avoid costly enhancements by utilizing master and configuration data features

 

Implement PPDS heuristics to facilitate efficient scheduling sequences

 

Standardizing planning solution and procedures

+ Benefits

Reduce Cost of Ownership

 

$500K IT operating expense reduction per year

 

Minimal customization simplifies the user experience

 

Provides supply chain visibility to mitigate operational disruptions

 

Standardized solution improved scalability for company growth by spreading “tribal knowledge” access the rest of the organization

 

Reduction in Reaction Time to Customer Demands0%
IT Ownership Cost Reduction0%

McCain Foods

Pre-Build with Master Data

Delivered: Supply Planning

Industry: CPG, Food & Beverage

Company Size: 7B

Misuse of Application Strengths

 

Client lacked the tools to manage pre-build crop supply with year-round customer demand

 

Time Phased Safety Stock Pre-build solution did not improve crop outage performance

 

Safety Stock management required excessive maintenance to manage every item/location weekly target

Align Application Capabilities

 

Utilize master data to model external crop and seasonal component constraints

 

Routings and BOM modifications to eliminate PPDS / SNP seasonality customizations

 

Enable supply networking heuristics and optimizer modeling, without master data modifications

 

Implement current and seasonal demand in to one production plan

Improved Inventory Utilization

 

Enabled “What if” scenario planning to evaluate pre-build plans 75% faster

 

No longer misusing Safety stock planning to manage seasonal pre-build planning

 

Reduction of Excess Inventory0%
+ At a Glance

Delivered: Supply Planning

Industry: CPG, Food & Beverage

Company Size: 7B

+ The Problem

Misuse of Application Strengths

 

Client lacked the tools to manage pre-build crop supply with year-round customer demand

 

Time Phased Safety Stock Pre-build solution did not improve crop outage performance

 

Safety Stock management required excessive maintenance to manage every item/location weekly target

+ Our Solution

Align Application Capabilities

 

Utilize master data to model external crop and seasonal component constraints

 

Routings and BOM modifications to eliminate PPDS / SNP seasonality customizations

 

Enable supply networking heuristics and optimizer modeling, without master data modifications

 

Implement current and seasonal demand in to one production plan

+ Benefits

Improved Inventory Utilization

 

Enabled “What if” scenario planning to evaluate pre-build plans 75% faster

 

No longer misusing Safety stock planning to manage seasonal pre-build planning

 

Reduction of Excess Inventory0%

Estee Lauder

Repetitive Flexible Scheduling and Supply

Client: Fortune 500

Delivered: Supply Planning

Industry: CPG, Health & Beauty

Company Size: 11B

Scheduling System did not meet changing business needs

 

Planning runs constantly conflicted with previous runs, resulting in inefficient continuity

 

Existing APO scheduling solution did not support Lean principles and theories

 

Planners spent significant time reacting to problems instead of preventing scheduling issues

Repetitive Flexible Scheduling With APO

 

Design, architect and implement a Repetitive Flexible Scheduling (RFS) solution

 

Install custom averaging heuristic to level load production over a flexible period, creating plan-to-plan continuity.

 

Recommend and execute a weekly background job stream to create the initial production and level load the schedule

Proactive Planning Transformation

 

Solution improves operating and manufacturing efficiency, planner efficiencies

 

15% manufacturing operations efficiency savings by providing schedule continuity

 

Weekly planning run gives schedulers a pre-scheduled, level loaded plan based on each product’s operations efficiencies and priorities

 

Planner Efficiency Savings Realized; Focus on Preventative Fire Fighting0%
+ At a Glance

Client: Fortune 500

Delivered: Supply Planning

Industry: CPG, Health & Beauty

Company Size: 11B

+ The Problem

Scheduling System did not meet changing business needs

 

Planning runs constantly conflicted with previous runs, resulting in inefficient continuity

 

Existing APO scheduling solution did not support Lean principles and theories

 

Planners spent significant time reacting to problems instead of preventing scheduling issues

+ Our Solution

Repetitive Flexible Scheduling With APO

 

Design, architect and implement a Repetitive Flexible Scheduling (RFS) solution

 

Install custom averaging heuristic to level load production over a flexible period, creating plan-to-plan continuity.

 

Recommend and execute a weekly background job stream to create the initial production and level load the schedule

+ Benefits

Proactive Planning Transformation

 

Solution improves operating and manufacturing efficiency, planner efficiencies

 

15% manufacturing operations efficiency savings by providing schedule continuity

 

Weekly planning run gives schedulers a pre-scheduled, level loaded plan based on each product’s operations efficiencies and priorities

 

Planner Efficiency Savings Realized; Focus on Preventative Fire Fighting0%

"By working closely with SCM Connections, we were able to implement a solution using PPDS Optimization to increase production efficiency by 11%."

- Supply Chain Director, Global Furniture Manufacturer

SCM Connections worked closely with a Global Furniture Manufacturer to stream line their manufacturing schedule to increase overall production efficiency, and significantly reduce redundant setup activities. Through the utilization of PPDS Optimizer, SCM Connections helped the client move from a manual, inefficient production scheduling process to one that was automated, efficient and optimal. Production setup times were reduced by over 20% and overall production capacity increased by 10% for the lines implemented.

Abbott Labs

Incorporate Shelf Life Data into Supply Planning

Client: Fortune 500

Delivered: Supply Planning

Industry: CPG, Pharma

Company Size: 22B

Overcome Standard SAP Solution Limitations

 

Expiring inventory did not trigger automatic supply replenishment

 

Excessive inventory shrinkage due to expiring stock

 

ECC and APO planning run times were too long and failures too high

 

APO planning model did not match the client business process planning model

Automated Shelf Life Supply Planning

 

Create a custom planning book

 

Create a shelf life planning process using standard functionality

 

Automate demand and supply adjustments

 

Simplify ECC master data setup and APO integration

Improve Inventory Visibility and Waste Minimization

 

Improved SNP planning book / product view product expiration and projected waste inventory visibility

 

Empowered planners to make inventory and replenishment decisions

 

Optimizes production pre-build and maximizes product shelf life

 

Ensures distribution hubs and retailers have products with 10% longer shelf life

 

Inventory Waste Reduction0%
+ At a Glance

Client: Fortune 500

Delivered: Supply Planning

Industry: CPG, Pharma

Company Size: 22B

+ The Problem

Overcome Standard SAP Solution Limitations

 

Expiring inventory did not trigger automatic supply replenishment

 

Excessive inventory shrinkage due to expiring stock

 

ECC and APO planning run times were too long and failures too high

 

APO planning model did not match the client business process planning model

+ Our Solution

Automated Shelf Life Supply Planning

 

Create a custom planning book

 

Create a shelf life planning process using standard functionality

 

Automate demand and supply adjustments

 

Simplify ECC master data setup and APO integration

+ Benefits

Improve Inventory Visibility and Waste Minimization

 

Improved SNP planning book / product view product expiration and projected waste inventory visibility

 

Empowered planners to make inventory and replenishment decisions

 

Optimizes production pre-build and maximizes product shelf life

 

Ensures distribution hubs and retailers have products with 10% longer shelf life

 

Inventory Waste Reduction0%

McCain Foods

Supply Planning Remediation

Delivered: Supply Planning

Industry: CPG, Food Processing

Company Size: 7B

Poorly Implemented APO Solution

 

The previous SNP and PPDS implementation resulted in a completely infeasible plan, producing an unrealistic depiction of inventory and production across the planning horizon

 

PPDS was implemented with significant functional gaps, severely restricting the schedulers ability to create a feasible production plan

 

The previous APO solution was abandoned and a manual spreadsheet process was implemented as a stopgap

Remediated the APO Design

 

Re-design the weekly Supply Network Planning (SNP) solution to provide enhanced critical issue visibility.

 

Simplify the capacity constrained inventory plan views.

 

Improve production scheduling efficiency by providing instant visibility to production plans, new scheduling capabilities and alert management.

 

Remove batch jobs to give users more control over the solution.

Key Benefits

 

The Planning team was able to use the APO solution to plan their short and medium term supply chain with confidence

 

Supply team was alerted to potential issues prior to becoming customer service problems

 

Entire supply chain planning in one application allowed for increased visibility and supply projections at the corporate level.

+ At a Glance

Delivered: Supply Planning

Industry: CPG, Food Processing

Company Size: 7B

+ The Problem

Poorly Implemented APO Solution

 

The previous SNP and PPDS implementation resulted in a completely infeasible plan, producing an unrealistic depiction of inventory and production across the planning horizon

 

PPDS was implemented with significant functional gaps, severely restricting the schedulers ability to create a feasible production plan

 

The previous APO solution was abandoned and a manual spreadsheet process was implemented as a stopgap

+ Our Solution

Remediated the APO Design

 

Re-design the weekly Supply Network Planning (SNP) solution to provide enhanced critical issue visibility.

 

Simplify the capacity constrained inventory plan views.

 

Improve production scheduling efficiency by providing instant visibility to production plans, new scheduling capabilities and alert management.

 

Remove batch jobs to give users more control over the solution.

+ Benefits

Key Benefits

 

The Planning team was able to use the APO solution to plan their short and medium term supply chain with confidence

 

Supply team was alerted to potential issues prior to becoming customer service problems

 

Entire supply chain planning in one application allowed for increased visibility and supply projections at the corporate level.