Leap in Productivity at Grupo Tornado Thanks to Preactor Software

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Manufacturer Grupo Tornado is celebrating a huge hike in its productivity since installing advanced planning and scheduling software from Preactor.

We are generating savings in set-up times, visibility of future activity of the plant, and almost instant rescheduling. We can see a lot of opportunities once we have achieved the full potential of Preactor.

Manufacturer Grupo Tornado is celebrating a huge hike in its productivity since installing advanced planning and scheduling software from Preactor.

The firm, which manufactures and markets components for pneumatic equipment and similar items under the Intor brand, has begun using Preactor at its main plant in Basavilbaso, Entre Rios.

It has seen man-hour productivity jump from less than 40 per cent to 67 per cent in the first two months after Preactor implementation. It has now set the goal of achieving 80 per cent productivity.

Preactor products allow companies to schedule production to make optimum use of finite resources to meet manufacturing deadlines. They can be integrated with existing IT software such as ERP systems.

Grupo Tornado has been working with local Preactor partner SIMLog, based in Buenos Aires, to find a way of introducing the software while sticking to a limited budget. SIMLog came up with the approach of training Grupo Tornado staff to model their own solution based on a Preactor configuration supplied by SIMLog, thus minimising the number of days they needed support from SIMLog consultants. SIMLog then came in to integrate Preactor with the firm’s existing MRP system and help improve the model.

Osvaldo Brunstein, president of Grupo Tornado, said that implementing the software had been simple and the firm was already reaping the rewards financially.

He said: “We are generating savings in set-up times, visibility of future activity of the plant, and almost instant rescheduling. We can see a lot of opportunities once we have achieved the full potential of Preactor.”

Enrique Wojnacki, commercial director of SIMLog, said: “We are proud of this implementation, the first one using the approach where the customer provides the majority of the resources.”

“We plan to replicate the experience achieved with Grupo Tornado with other companies of a similar size in the fabricated metals and automotive components sectors, as well as other SMEs.”

Preactor software is already used by more than 4,500 customers across 75 countries, and is translated into over 30 languages.

About the Preactor Group

The Preactor Group of companies represents world leadership in production planning and scheduling software used by a wide range of businesses. Frequently integrated with ERP, MES and Supply Chain Management solutions, Preactor’s breakthrough technology is used by more than 4,500 small, medium and large multinational companies located in 75 countries.

The Preactor Group and its subsidiaries have established partnerships with more than 400 companies located around the world to provide local expertise to support the implementation of the solution for each company. These 1000+ accredited professionals offer a key resource working closely with users to ensure each company’s unique requirements are met.

The current trends in manufacturing are towards lowering inventory levels to reduce costs yet still being able to respond to shorter lead times to satisfy customer demand. Preactor offers a family of applications ranging from mid- and long-term capacity planning to detailed scheduling and is translated into over 30 languages.

Preactor celebrates its 21st anniversary this year. For more information about Preactor, visit the website at http://www.preactor.com and follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Preactor.

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