Trakware Systems And Taylor Make Next-Generation Scheduling A Reality For Custom / Project Based Manufacturing Customers

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Collaboration Enables Engineer To Order Business To Fully Utilize Advanced Scheduling At A Fraction Of The Cost And Time To Deployment When Compared To Other Enterprise Solutions

The Trakware and Taylor teams work extremely well together and coordinated responses to challenges quickly and effectively. Further, this integration has provided mechanisms for different departments within our company like engineering and project management to finally be able to easily communicate the critical dates

Trakware Systems Inc., a leading software company focused on business management solutions for custom / project-based environments, announced the recent completion of an implementation of a fully integrated Taylor advanced scheduling solution with help from Taylor. The solution allows for a highly configurable and powerful scheduling system that enables both auto scheduling and manual decision making for a custom operation like Colorado based High Country.

Mike Childs, President and Owner of High Country, states, "The Trakware and Taylor teams work extremely well together and coordinated responses to challenges quickly and effectively. Further, this integration has provided mechanisms for different departments within our company like engineering and project management to finally be able to easily communicate the critical dates "earliest start" and "requested ship" to the scheduler, while allowing the scheduler to have complete control over all manufacturing dates."

"The integration provides quick, easy, and flexible transfer of data, and allows for the creation of 'what if' scenarios without a lot of input and reconfiguring time. As the Taylor engine is fully and seamlessly integrated with TRAKware on the shop floor, we will have real time 'work to lists' broadcasted to our manufacturing staff the moment there has been a change in scheduling priorities. This prevents a significant amount of unnecessary work in progress and enables us in making our delivery commitments in a rapid paced and highly dynamic custom manufacturing operation," mentioned Trevor Ryan, head of scheduling at High Country.

The Taylor scheduling engine has quickly become Trakware's engine of choice due to its significant advantages, such as:

1. What If Scenarios and evaluation
a. Impact of adding large orders
b. Impact of adding overtime
c. Comparison of What if schedules
d. Ability to restore the best what if scenario
2. Routing Rules and Routing Flexibility.
3. Ability to create Routing Master templates and make copies of those routings with changes for specific orders.
4. Backward and Forward Scheduling.
5. Ability to schedule overtime.

Tim Giese, heading up global implementation services for Trakware, also added, "By taking advantage of the fact that both the TRAKware and Taylor enterprise solutions can utilize the same Oracle data source, we have noticed scheduling operations move from 10's of minutes, to less than 10's of seconds. This is huge for custom companies that need to make decisions on the fly. We fully leveraged our experience and processes to implement enterprise software, with High Country's team and commitment, and this resulted in greatly reducing the implementation of this phase from what is typically weeks, down to days. It will be a great model to follow."

The TRAKware/Taylor integration highly complements Trakware's capacity management and planning module, which is used to manage unpredictable change while enabling managers to quickly assess remaining work load vs. capacity using "at a glance". With charts that are very easy to read, decisions and responses to change - can then be made quickly which maintain cost control and ultimately the profitability of any project, so once the software is deployed, the benefits accrue immediately.

About High Country

For over thirty-five years, High Country Millwork has been turning ideas and designs into reality. As a manufacturer of retail environments, High Country Millwork blends finely crafted architectural millwork with the precision of the latest technology in display showcases, wood and metal displays, and signage to fulfill the needs of today's demanding retail market. High Country Millwork meets the demands of a broad range of clientele from the precision of a fully fitted jewelry store to shop-in-shop boutiques to rollout programs. High Country is an established member of The Association for Retail Environments (A.R.E., formerly NASFM), and have won numerous awards for our projects.

About Taylor

The Taylor Scheduling Group is a partnership between Taylor Scheduling Software, Inc. in Canada and Taylor Manufacturing Systems LLC in the US. Other close working relationships help the Taylor Group deliver software and services to clients outside Canada and the US. The business focus for these companies is to develop scheduling software which is sold and implemented for customers in the manufacturing sector. Manufacturing companies large and small use the two products offered by the group. The two offerings; Taylor Scheduler and Decision One, are both PC based applications aimed at providing scheduling solutions to Large-Medium and Medium-Small manufacturers respectively. Successfully implemented in 30 countries, Taylor Scheduler and Decision One help companies deliver their products to their customers on-time while saving costs by improving overall performance and giving the manufacturing process visibility., 780.414.6718.

About Trakware Systems Inc.

Founded in 1995, Trakware Systems specializes in business management solutions for custom / project-based environments and helps these companies work much more effectively and efficiently. Trakware's customers require tight systems integration between the bid/estimation process (sales), engineering, production and costing right through to installation. The TRAKware Software Suite(R) integrates with existing ERP and MRP systems, as well as major software providers for financial accounting, engineering design, optimization, payroll and even wireless interaction for mobile workers. The TRAKware Software Suite(R) handles ETO (engineer to order) business-critical functions such as estimating, advanced scheduling, job costing, production management, inventory, capacity management and planning, labor-material shop floor and field installation data collection. TRAKware is available for the Microsoft environment. Trakware has always recognized that ETO manufacturing and fabrication is a process and thus we benefit a wide range of industry sectors including Architectural Woodworking, Cabinets/Casegoods, Store Fixtures, Doors and Windows, Furniture, Oil and Gas, Solid Surface, Metal, Yacht-building, and Electronics., 800.370.1849.

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Trakware Systems Inc.


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