Max visibility and control for a high-performance planning
Vimar is the leader in the production of electrical and electronic equipment, in particular for civil use, home & building automation systems, video door phones, CCTV and gate automation. It is active mainly in Italy, but it has production and trade facilities at an international level.
Before Cybertec we planned solely with the use of the ERP but it covered only part of the planning and scheduling needs that a complex production, like ours, have.
The drawbacks that we felt the most were:
- Low workloads visibility;
- Huge amount of time needed for the elaboration of the production plan;
- Impossibility in timing activities in a structured way within the different functions.
Therefore we felt the need of having an instrument that could give a complete visibility of the main production plan; it also had to take into account specific variables to pilot the Supply Chain, thereofore producing a more solid and performing planning.
We made a software selection that showed how CyberPlan was the best choice for a complex production like ours. Completeness of the processes covered (from planning to scheduling), Sales and Operations Planning overview, integration flexibility, processing speed and the ability to simulate different scenarios to take decisions are the mix of potentialities that brought CyberPlan to the top of the standings.
What is more, CyberPlan was also used in Elvox (a company recently acquired by Vimar) and both the IT manager and I knew the product from our past experience.
At the beginning of the project we mapped and reorganized the drivers that led the Planning and Scheduling. This phase required a complete data collection, something that implemented structuring them and sharing them with all the users involved.
We then integrated CyberPlan with the ERP and this, thanks to the direct collaboration with Cybertec, enabled the enhancement of some features of CyberPlan, making it even more powerful in the planning phase.
We then moved to the planning and scheduling phases while implementing the functions that are needed to manage a complex production like our.
The Production Plan processing is now faster and more robust, what is more we can make countless feasibility analyzes before releasing the Plan. This ability to simulate various production scenarios, intervening on any variable of the plan, allows us to take effective decisions more quickly.
Thanks to the speed in finding information that were previously lost, we structured planning and scheduling activities, providing a high degree of autonomy and control to the users in performing their functions.
Today, thanks to CyberPlan, we are able to level production early on time so to optimize the resources needed to face the seasonality of the products sold. We can also avoid overtimes for everyone, both internally and for our external supply partners.
In a year time we had an interesting reduction in stock levels, the consequences of set-up times fell sharply in the different departments and stock-outs were almost completely eliminated.
The aspect of Cybertec we appreciate the most is the product's versatility in adapting to the continuosly changing enterprise needs. We also appreciate the excellent service provided by the Implementation and Development Team that supports us in our challenges supports us in our challenges and within short amount of times can intervene effectively.
What we like more than anything about the CyberPlan software are the:
- Completeness of the processes covered (from planning to scheduling);
- Overall vision of the Sales and Operations Planning;
- Integration's flexibility;
- Data elaboration's speed;
- The high ability to simulate different scenarios in order to take the best decisions.