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Elmwood Reclaimed Timber - Floor panel manufacturer improves sales by 10 percent with advanced planning and scheduling solutions
janvier 2018

Prioritizing on-time delivery and efficient resource utilization

Elmwood Reclaimed Timber Inc., based in Kansas City, Missouri, manufactures and markets the highest-quality reclaimed wood products that adhere to standards embracing the company’s deep respect for the environment. Every product created by Elmwood, including wide plank flooring, counter tops, beams and cabinet lumber, is manufactured using wood salvaged from sustainable sources.

Elmwood is committed to efficient manufacturing of its custom products and assuring on-time delivery to customers. With this priority, Elmwood began its digitalization journey by searching for tools that would complement its existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) system and improve the planning of manufacturing operations to synchronize demand and supply.

Elmwood began looking for a scalable and flexible capacity planning and scheduling package that would integrate with the existing ERP system and the homegrown shop floor data collection system. The answer was SIMATIC IT Preactor Advanced Scheduling (AS) solution, a part of the Siemens SIMATIC IT Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) solution family. The APS solutions help manufacturing industries improve the synchronization of manufacturing processes, giving greater visibility and control to increase utilization and on-time delivery while reducing inventory levels and waste.

SIMATIC IT Preactor AS exceeded expectations and became the key software that helped us expand our capacity and automation. SIMATIC IT Preactor AS moves the manufacturing shop floor.” Connor Burns Vice President - Production Elmwood Reclaimed Timber, Inc.



Business challenges:

  • Improve on-time delivery to enhance customer experience
  • Eliminate manual scheduling and firefighting due to shortterm visibility
  • Overcome scheduling limitations of existing ERP system

Keys to success:

  • Implement tight integration between SIMATIC IT Preactor AS and ERP systems
  • Account for shop floor constraints like material, yield and changeovers in finite capacity schedule (FCS)
  • Use SIMATIC IT Preactor AS to provide visibility and flexibility for re- scheduling throughout the manufacturing process
  • Improve responsiveness to customer demand changes Results Increased top line revenues in 2016 by 10 percent Increased production output without increasing headcount Improved on-time delivery