How Opcenter APS Assists with Machine Monitoring to Steamline Your Operations

How Opcenter APS Assists With Machine Monitoring To Streamline Your Operations 

Anyone within the manufacturing industry will know that the key to success lies in efficient production processes and operations. As industries evolve, the demand for advanced technologies that enhance productivity, minimise human error and reduce downtime becomes increasingly crucial.   This is where Opcenter Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) can help you to revolutionise production planning…

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What are the major pain points in the food and beverage industry and how can Opcenter APS help

What are the Major Pain Points in the Food and Beverage Industry and How Can Opcenter APS Help?  

Today food and beverage industry companies encounter various challenges that can hinder their efficiency, profitability, and customer satisfaction. From managing perishable goods to meeting shifting customer demands, the complexities come thick and fast. Fortunately, advanced planning and scheduling solutions like Opcenter APS offer effective ways to address these pain points and streamline operations.   So, what…

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Getting a digital twin helps you plan your operations

Getting A Digital Twin Helps You Plan Your Operations 

Imagine having the ability to replicate your entire factory or supply chain digitally, enabling you to simulate, analyse, and streamline processes before you actually implement them. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Well, with Opcenter APS it’s a reality!    Thanks to Opcenter APS, you can take advantage of a ‘digital twin’ to give…

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10 Reasons a Manufacturer Needs to Implement an Opcenter APS

10 Reasons A Manufacturer Needs to Implement Opcenter APS 

In the ever-evolving landscape of manufacturing, staying ahead of the competition requires not just efficiency, but strategic efficiency. This is where Opcenter APS steps in, acting as the nerve centre of your manufacturing operations and helping you to stay one step ahead of your competitors.    Still on the fence about implementing Opcenter APS in your…

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What Does It Take to Become Part of The Kudos Team?

What Does It Take to Become Part of The Kudos Team? 

The world of business is evolving rapidly, but there’s one thing that’s remained a constant; the importance of having a great team. At Kudos, we’re always on the lookout for talented individuals and take great pride in nurturing a workforce that is not only experienced but also diverse and passionate about what they do.  So,…

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How Can Opcenter APS Improve Supply Chain Resilience And Agility?

How Can Opcenter APS Improve Supply Chain Resilience And Agility? 

Supply chain resilience and agility have never been more important for staying ahead of the competition, than right now in today’s rapidly evolving business world.   This software factors in more adaptative capabilities for supply chains. Allowing you to prepare for all unexpected events including faster/more effective responses without the liability of human errors. Traditional planning…

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What Skill Set Is Needed To Effectively Use Opcenter APS System?

The modern manufacturing and production landscape is ever evolving, with efficient planning and scheduling becoming crucial components for success in an increasingly competitive market. This is where Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) systems like Opcenter come into play, revolutionising the way businesses manage their operations.   However, even with the most advanced technology, a skilled human…

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Instant Visibility: Streamline your Inventory Management with Opcenter APS

Instant Visibility: Streamline your Inventory Management with Opcenter APS 

Effective inventory management is crucial for any business to thrive, even more so in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) industry where product turn around needs to be swift. Businesses face constant challenges in maintaining optimal inventory levels while meeting customer demands, minimising costs, and avoiding stockouts or overstock situations.  Fortunately, advanced technologies like Opcenter…

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Opcenter APS: Planning vs Scheduling In The FMCG Industry 

Planning and scheduling play a major role in most businesses, however in the world of Fast Moving Consumer Goods with changing consumer demands and tight sell-by dates, it’s absolutely vital. The process of managing resources, production, and distribution requires a balancing act to meet customer demands while ensuring efficiency and maximising profits.  To achieve this…

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Managing Demand Variability and Gaining Visibility with Opcenter APS in the FMCG Industry 

The world of Fast-Moving Consumer Goods is fast-paced and competitive, so managing demand variability and gaining visibility into supply chain operations is essential for success. With rapidly changing consumer preferences, products with short shelf lives, and fluctuating market demands, FMCG companies face the challenge of ensuring their production and distribution processes are efficient as possible…

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Opcenter APS: Maximising Shelf Life & Improving Quality Control 

Quality control (QC) serves as the cornerstone for business operations in the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) industry. Ensuring optimal quality standards significantly influences the overall business success, influencing customer satisfaction, brand reputation, and ultimately, profitability. Kudos Solutions, a leading player in the FMCG space, understands this principle and leverages its deep expertise to provide stellar…

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What Measurable Results Can I Expect From FMCG Planning? 

Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) planning refers to the comprehensive process of scheduling, organising, and controlling the fast-paced and often complex flow of products, from initial manufacturing to the final point of sale. It’s a formidable task for planners who need to balance supply with demand, manage resources, and ensure timely delivery to maintain customer satisfaction. …

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How SUMIDA Group improved delivery, reliability, and lead time with Opcenter APS Systems 

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…

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The Environmental Impact of Investing in Opcenter APS 

In today’s fast-paced and increasingly environmentally conscious world, businesses in the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) industry are under pressure to not only meet consumer demands but also to do so in an environmentally friendly manner. Planners and financial directors face the challenging task of making key decisions that affect both the company’s profitability and its…

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Reducing Energy Use & Consumption With Opcenter APS

In recent years, energy consumption has become a growing concern for businesses, particularly those in the food production industry. The cost of energy has been steadily rising, and businesses are feeling pressure to reduce their consumption and usage. The need for energy-efficient practices has become increasingly important, and advanced planning systems such as OpcenterAPS can…

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Advanced Planning: Adding Visibility Quickly With Opcenter APS

Effective planning is crucial for any manufacturing company, as it ensures that resources are used efficiently, and production runs smoothly. The use of advanced planning systems has been shown to boost utilisation and on-time delivery, resulting in higher customer satisfaction and profitability.   Opcenter Planning software is designed to help companies make strategic decisions about their…

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Can Efficient FMCG Planning Software Shorten The Working Week?

It’s no secret that the nation’s typical working pattern has changed dramatically over recent years, and this has reignited conversations around flexible and hybrid working and its benefits.   Hailed as the future of work-life balance and productivity, trade unions across Europe have called on governments to implement the four-day working week. Many countries have trialled…

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Can APS Assist With Quality Control?

Whilst APS can’t assist with quality control as such, it can be factored into the production process to ensure that quality control is done in a timely manner.  Use APS plan the quality control process  With enough notice, you can set a specific day or time frame to ensure that you have enough team, space,…

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The 4 Most Common Reasons That Basic APS Systems Fail 

Manufacturers are supposed to have an easier time in the digital age. Digital planning tools should eliminate the need for time-consuming and error-prone spreadsheet analysis of how best to meet customer needs within the limits of existing production and logistics operations. Development in the form of advanced planning and scheduling is essential here. They provide manufacturers…

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How APS Software Can Reduce Stock Shortages And Overtime During The Festive Season

Inventory management is often considered the single most challenging aspect of any business. Businesses with poor inventory control generally experience costly warehousing fees, slow-moving items in stock, as well as product shortages, chaotic or congested warehouse floors, shipment delays, excess wastage, pricing errors and much more.  Assessing the costs that a lack of inventory and…

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What’s new in Opcenter APS 2210

DIGITAL INDUSTRIES SOFTWARE Improving visualization of scheduling data and matrices for production schedules Benefits• Improve visualization of scheduling data and matrices for production schedules.• Compare key scheduling KPIs.• Author key transactional data.• Automate workflows for automatic scheduling.• Visualize published scheduled data through Opcenter APS Anywhere – viewer. SummaryOpcenter™ software is part of the Siemens Xcelerator…

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How To Reduce Food Waste Through Effective Planning 

Food waste is something that we hear an increasing amount about: both the financial cost (circa £19 billion) and the environmental impact (6.7million tonnes of waste associated with 25 million tonnes of greenhouse gases). More effective planning in the production process can create a 40-50% reduction in raw materials inventory, which, in turn, reduces the…

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White Paper – Opcenter APS – Meeting Needs And Eliminating Waste

Effective Planning and Scheduling in Volatile, Very High Mix and LowVolume Discrete Manufacturing EnvironmentH. Adil1, K. Sekkat2, D. Shaw3 1 Group Optimisation Manager at Oxford Engineering Ltd, 6 Colwell Drive, Abingdon Business Park,Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1AU, United Kingdom, habib.adil@oxeng.co.uk2 Chairman of Oxford Engineering Ltd, 6 Colwell Drive, Abingdon Business Park, Abingdon,Oxfordshire, OX14 1AU, United Kingdom,…

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What’s new in Opcenter APS 2204

Increase resource utilization and on-time delivery We are excited to announce that the latest version of Opcenter APS 2204 has been released! Opcenter™ APS software, which is part of the Xcelerator portfolio, the comprehensive and integrated portfolio of software and services from Siemens Digital Industries Software, is a family of production planning and scheduling products…

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Apache log4j vulnerability (CVE-2021-44228) Update

DETAILS Siemens is aware of the attacks disclosed by the media related to the Log4j vulnerability. This article reports any updates we have in regards of Opcenter and SIMATIC IT product families.·  Currently, there are no indications that attackers have managed to get access to customer data orproduction services. Siemens is closely monitoring the situation.…

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Opcenter APS 18.5 has been released!

We are excited to announce that the latest version of Opcenter APS 18.5 has been released! Opcenter™ APS software is a family of production planning and scheduling products that improve the synchronization of your manufacturing processes. This gives you greater visibility and control, which enables you to increase resource utilization and on-time delivery while reducing…

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What’s new in Opcenter APS 18.4

We are excited to announce that the latest version of Opcenter APS 18.4 has been released! Opcenter APS software is a family of production planning and scheduling products that improve the synchronization of your manufacturing processes. Opcenter APS gives you greater visibility and control, enabling you to increase resource utilization and on-time delivery while reducing…

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AVAILABLE NOW! Opcenter APS 18.3

We are excited to announce that the latest version of Opcenter APS Version 18.3 has been released! Opcenter APS 18.3 enables complex grouping of operations and improves user experience significantly. Opcenter™ APS software is a family of production planning and scheduling products that improve the synchronization of your manufacturing processes. This gives you greater visibility…

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AVAILABLE NOW! Opcenter APS 18.2

We are excited to announce that the latest version of Opcenter APS Version 18.2 has been released! Opcenter APS 18.2 delivers extending Opcenter Planner with custom window. Leveraging functionality already adopted in Opcenter Scheduling (Opcenter SC), Opcenter Planner now offers the ability to extend the planner module with the inclusion of custom window support. Adding…

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Kudos Solutions become the first UK Siemens Digital Industries Software partner to achieve double SMART certification

Kudos Solutions already recognised as a Siemens Digital Industries Software SMART Expert Partner for Opcenter APS has now and additionally achieved SMART Industry recognition in Consumer Products & Retail: Food & Beverage. This achievement is a first for a Siemens UK partner recognising both an advanced competence in Product but also in Industry, demonstrating business,…

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AVAILABLE NOW! Opcenter APS 18.1

AVAILABLE NOW! Opcenter APS 18.1   We are excited to announce the availability of Siemens Opcenter APS 18.1! Siemens Opcenter APS introduces three new tools for maintaining schedules without directly interacting with Siemens Opcenter Scheduling. In the scenario of a machine breakdown that negatively impacts production, if the failure is updated in a manufacturing execution…

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Improving Profitability with Advanced Scheduling

Improving Profitability with Advanced Scheduling By JoaoLaner I started my journey with Siemens Opcenter Advanced Scheduling (formerly called Preactor) in 2008.  I remember well my first contacts with this incredible tool.  I thought it was wonderful to have the ability to do simple operations like drag and drop to move operations and production orders in a Gantt…

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Siemens Opcenter APS 18 – Enhancing the orchestration of your manufacturing process

Siemens Opcenter APS 18 – Enhancing the orchestration of your manufacturing process Siemens Opcenter APS 18 Benefits • New Siemens Opcenter APS product branding • Additional APIs for interacting with advanced highlight and filtering tools • Extended Siemens Opcenter Scheduling Anywhere upload to include facility information • Compatible with Siemens Opcenter Execution Discrete 3.0 and…

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Siemens Opcenter APS 18 release is now available!

  Siemens is pleased to announce the release of Siemens Opcenter APS 18. This release delivers new features and technology support for our already ‘best of breed’ planning and scheduling software. This release includes: New Siemens Opcenter APS product branding New Siemens Opcenter APS look and feel Additional API’s for interacting with advanced highlight and…

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Siemens Digital Industries is again a LEADER in Gartner’s MES Magic Quadrant and positioned FURTHEST for its Completeness of Vision

A continuous recognition received since the launch of Gartner’s MES evaluation We are pleased to announce that Siemens Digital Industries has been named by Gartner, Inc. as a “Leader” in its 2019 Magic Quadrant for Manufacturing Execution Systems. For 3 years in a row, we believe Siemens’ position continues to reflect our ability to deliver value…

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NOW AVAILABLE: Siemens Opcenter Execution Medical Device and Diagnostics v8.0

We are excited to announce the availability of Siemens Opcenter Execution Medical Device and Diagnostics v8.0! Formerly Camstar™ Medical Device Suite, Siemens Opcenter Execution Medical Device and Diagnostics provides an enhanced user experience and responsive framework. Siemens Opcenter Execution Medical Device and Diagnostics v8.0 delivers powerful new enhancements and features to improve the usability and…

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Overcoming MedTech Challenge #5: Varying and Restrictive Regulations

According to Axendia, regulatory compliance continues to constrain improvement in MD&D manufacturing efficiency and productivity. “Our primary research shows that medical device companies list regulators/government agencies as the top business disruptor,” says Daniel R. Matlis, president of Axendia. The United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) and the new European Union Medical Device Regulations…

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Overcoming MedTech Challenge #3: Mass Customization and 3D Printing

Patients are bringing a consumer mindset to healthcare interactions and medtech companies are creating consumer-oriented technologies to improve the experience. Innovation is allowing the personalization of devices at scale via 3D printing. Healthcare reimbursement models are becoming more closely tied to patient satisfaction, elevating the urgency for an improved experience. Here are a few key…

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Overcoming MedTech Challenge #2: Intelligent Data Analytics

Increased complexity in products, global supply chains, regulatory landscapes and the rise of the Internet of Medical Things are generating big data, including exponential growth in digital sources of various types, input rates, communication channels and accuracy. Analyzing this data would help manufacturers to identify factors that affect productions costs and quality, but most medical…

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The Essentials of Siemens Opcenter Execution Process 3.0

We are thrilled to bring you this rich new version of our MES for process industries: Siemens Opcenter Execution Process 3.0. This version focuses on integration, connectivity and orchestration as well as visibility and traceability of operations and materials. This is possible thanks to 6 major new features • Equipment- and task-driven automation connectivity •…

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Narayan Powertech gets big win with SIMATIC IT Preactor APS

  Another huge success story in the application of Advanced Planning and Scheduling technology, Siemens’ SIMATIC IT Preactor APS. Narayan Powertech needed support for its growing transformer manufacturing business. Its decision to deploy SIMATIC IT Preactor APS paid off:   Increased capacity utilization and inventory turns by 15 to 20 percent Delivered dynamic and proactive…

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Chief Innovations in Siemens Opcenter Execution Discrete 3.0

We are excited to announce this new feature-rich version of our MES for discrete industries: Siemens Opcenter Execution Discrete 3.0. Siemens Opcenter Execution is the first release of solutions within the Siemens Opcenter MOM portfolio. These MES solutions are available off the shelf with industry-specific capabilities to support the unique manufacturing requirements of Siemens customers.…

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Integrated Quality Tools for Supplier Quality Management

Increasing global competition over the past decade has forced automotive OEMs and their suppliers to improve quality and efficiency. There is a growing need for tools that make it possible to measure the quality processes used by each member of the supply chain, since the OEMs are committed to providing quality products for their customers.…

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Optimizing Quality in Industrial Manufacturing with FMEA and SPC

Innovative processes and new technologies together are having a huge impact on the internal complexity and cost of manufacturing. The way in which manufacturers of industrial machinery adjust to these new challenges plays a crucial role in their competitiveness. Of fundamental importance is ensuring and documenting product quality.   In this new environment, the old…

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Manufacturing Product Quality Excellence

Medical Device and Diagnostic (MD&D) manufacturers have an opportunity to transform their relationship with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and in the process to improve their manufacturing performance and bottom line. The keys to this transformation? A new paradigm at the FDA, and the digitalization needed to make this paradigm work successfully.  …

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Now Available: Preactor APS version 17.2

We are excited to announce the latest version of APS has been released! Preactor APS Version 17.2 features improvements to Advanced Planning, material pegging and Gantt interaction. Preactor software is a family of production planning and scheduling products that improve the synchronization of your manufacturing processes, giving you greater visibility and control to increase resource utilization and…

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Why digitalization is changing everything in MedTech

It’s impossible to exaggerate how profoundly the digital revolution has already impacted our lives, from banking, shipping, home-buying to the way we communicate, get news, and perform our work. Digitalization has opened up new and more efficient ways to get products, and has forever changed consumer expectations as well as supply chain demands. When applied…

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Empowering the Planner

Not knowing that it was impossible, he went there and did it.” This adaptation of a great quote from the French thinker Jean Cocteau still seems to be the only modus operandi for companies large and small across the industrial spectrum — especially when it comes to planning. The idea behind the quote is to…

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ERP – Making the Investment Work using APS

The materials war has been won (via MRP and/or Kanban control), the capacity war has just started. Companies with a high cost of raw materials and/or high value of end products are trying to move towards make to order and away from make to stock but in doing this many are finding that a knowledge…

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Crossing the Chasm from ERP to APS

Today we well know that, with few exceptions, ERP systems assume adequate resources are available when required, i.e. resources have infinite capacity. ERP systems have a BOM exploder and inventory control data that typically take orders for products, breaks them down into component parts and calculates when to start making them based on the individual…

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SIEMENS OPCENTER A reflection of our commitment to your digital transformation

We are excited to announce the introduction of our new, harmonized manufacturing operations management (MOM) portfolio, ‘Siemens Opcenter.’   This launch is the result of our relentless effort to integrate and harmonize our MOM software portfolio, creating user-friendly and industry-centric solutions to support manufacturing excellence.   Siemens Opcenter includes MOM capabilities for advanced planning and…

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New Interactive Game! Hands on with Advanced Planning and Scheduling

How good are you at planning and scheduling? Play the Preactor Planning and Scheduling Game!   You will have to : Choose your character – either Theo, a product manager, or Victor, a planning manager Understand the manufacturing operations required for production Place operations in order across production resources Consider machine and staff availability Schedule…

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Solution Showcase: Preactor AS Express

From strategic planning to detailed scheduling, APS is essential for anticipating manufacturing resource needs; orchestrating efficient use of material, people, and machines; and delivering great customer service and higher profitability. Whether you are streamlining your current operations, or building the next stage of growth, clear visibility into utilization and capacity helps you make informed decisions…

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Whats New In Preactor APS 17.1

  Preactor APS 17.1 Features improved operation properties, properties display and Valor Production Plan integration. Summary: Benefits • New operation properties display panel • Improved operation properties profiles and management • Out-of-the-box integration with Valor® Production Plan software Features • New operation properties profiles • New operation properties panel with highlighting • New integration with…

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Whats New In Preactor APS 17

Preactor APS 17 Features improved scheduling rules and enhanced overview. Benefits • Improved APS scheduling rules • Improved overview, supporting multiple Gantt plots and utilization panes • Improved import performance Features • Preferred sequence campaigning mode • Improved minimize overall setup rule • Improved sequencer overview Summary Preactor software is a family of production planning…

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Siemens Acquires Preactor

By acquiring the Preactor Group headquartered in Chippenham in the UK, Siemens further expands its international lead in the industry software market. Preactor’s APS software solutions will add significant new components to the Siemens Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) portfolio.

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Get a Glimpse of Preactor 400 GMPS

400 GMPS Is Nearly Here To be launched this year, Preactor 400 GMPS promises to be the essential tool for companies who want to enhance competitiveness, increase profits and improve customer service. Preactor 400 GMPS has an interactive capacity usage diagram allowing the user to drag and drop batches to immediately see the impact on…

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The Leanest Lean you have ever Seen – how APS can get you to 95% Fat Free Manufacturing

Lean manufacturing is currently one of the buzz words in industry and quite rightly so. Most companies are under pressure to produce more products in shorter delivery times, without visibility of future demand and with fewer inventories. That’s quite a feat to achieve. The question always arises as to whether there is a place for IT in lean manufacturing initiatives…

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