IN-TIME Manufacturing Supply Chain Optimization
IN-TIME provides advanced manufacturing planning software tools which facilitate collaborative scheduling & optimization along the supply chain. The IN-TIME solution provides visibility along the supply chain, plus optimization modules which plan and scheduling production operations in response to real-time demand.
Supply Chain Visibility
The IN-TIME solution has been applied to the European timber supply chain, which presents a number of complex and challenging planning problems. The timber supply chain contains many nodes and organisations, spanning many countries. Each node has specific constraints and demands, and both the end demand and supply are inherently unpredictable.
IN-TIME system provides real-time visibility of orders and inventory along the supply chain, to avoid problems like goods in the wrong location, incorrect build-up of inventory, poor planning for short lead-time orders, inefficient employee schedules, etc.
Real-time Production Scheduling
In addition, IN-TIME has the ability to dynamically replan sawmills and production facilities in response to changing orders along the supply chain. This dynamic scheduling capability requires advanced, powerful optimization algorithms that can cope with complex scheduling problems while modelling the necessary operational rules and constraints to ensure that the system can function automatically without constant human intervention. This enables the factory to be replanned as orders and requirements change, keeping inventory levels within defined parameters while optimizing the utilisation of the production lines and employees.
A Timely Solution
IN-TIME has been proven in the timber supply chain spanning Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Germany. The integrated supply chain optimization components have been used by key players in the supply chain (including sawmills, timber suppliers and end users) to enhance the planning process and make substantial cost savings in terms of increased efficiency and reduced inventory levels.