In today’s competitive global market, businesses must constantly strive for improvement to maintain their edge. The SUMIDA Group, a leading global manufacturer of inductive components and modules, was no exception. They were keen to enhance their delivery reliability, lead times, and operational efficiency while simultaneously reducing their environmental impact. The solution? Opcenter APS (Advanced Planning and Scheduling) systems.
In this blog, we’ll explore how SUMIDA Group transformed their supply chain, resulting in significant time savings, reduced material waste, lowered energy costs, and a decreased carbon footprint.
SUMIDA Group faced several challenges in its quest to make its supply chain more efficient. The company struggled with managing production schedules across multiple plants, which led to difficulties in resource allocation, prioritising orders, and maintaining delivery reliability. Furthermore, SUMIDA aimed to improve its environmental performance, focusing on reducing energy costs and carbon emissions, as well as minimising material waste.
Opcenter APS provided SUMIDA Group with a suite of advanced planning and scheduling solutions that enabled them to overcome these challenges. By implementing this powerful software, the company was able to streamline its operations, maximise efficiency, and reduce lead times. The Opcenter APS system allowed for real-time visibility into production processes, making it easier for the team to make informed decisions and prioritise tasks.
Benefits of implementing Opcenter APS
Improved delivery reliability
By integrating Opcenter APS into their supply chain, SUMIDA Group significantly enhanced its delivery reliability. The software facilitated better resource allocation, ensuring that the company could meet its clients’ demands without compromising on quality. With a more transparent scheduling process, SUMIDA was able to avoid delays and consistently deliver products on time.
Reduced lead times
Opcenter APS helped SUMIDA Group cut lead times by optimising production processes and enabling better decision-making. The software’s powerful algorithms enabled the company to identify bottlenecks and inefficiencies, allowing them to make improvements and reduce delays. As a result, SUMIDA was able to deliver products to clients more quickly, boosting customer satisfaction and fostering long-lasting relationships.
Lowered energy costs
By implementing Opcenter APS, SUMIDA Group was able to identify areas where energy consumption could be reduced. By streamlining their processes and optimising production schedules, the company was able to cut down on energy usage, ultimately reducing their energy costs.
In line with its commitment to environmental sustainability, SUMIDA Group sought to reduce their carbon footprint. Opcenter APS made this possible by identifying areas where energy consumption could be minimised, resulting in reduced carbon emissions. By embracing sustainable practices, the company was not only able to lower its environmental impact but also enhance its reputation as a responsible corporate citizen.
Minimised material waste
One of the key benefits of using Opcenter APS was the reduction of material waste. The system allowed SUMIDA Group planners to quickly produce production schedules and allocate resources more effectively, resulting in less material being discarded. This not only saved costs but also contributed to the company’s sustainability goals.
SUMIDA Group’s adoption of Opcenter APS systems demonstrates the power of leveraging advanced planning and scheduling solutions to improve supply chain performance. The company has seen remarkable improvements in delivery reliability, lead times, and operational efficiency, all while reducing energy costs, carbon emissions, and material waste.
By investing in Opcenter APS, SUMIDA Group has proven that it is possible to achieve significant supply chain improvements and meet sustainability goals without sacrificing quality or customer satisfaction. The success of this implementation serves as an inspiration to other businesses looking to enhance their operations and embrace a more sustainable approach to supply chain management.
It’s important to emphasise that Opcenter APS is not intended to replace planners but rather to serve as a powerful, complementary tool designed to simplify their tasks and enhance their decision-making capabilities. And who wouldn’t want a helpful tool to make your life slightly easier?!
If you’d like to find out how we can support your planning and scheduling, feel free to get in touch and have a chat about your requirements and demonstration of the software’s capabilities.