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OSB, MDF & Composites

Norbord Inc. is a Toronto-based international producer of wood-based panels with annual sales of approximately US $1.3 billion.  Norbord has 15 manufacturing operations in the United States, Europe and Canada.

The Problem

Norbord engaged Optware Solutions to help optimize order fulfillment and inventory management for their North American OSB plants.  Hundreds of discrete orders are processed through their central office every week.  An order represents a truckload or railcar load of miscellaneous SKU’s.

In a multi-plant environment optimal order assignment is contingent on a number of factors including raw material availability, production capacity, manufacturing capabilities, product recipes, panel grade yields, customer requirements and the like.  In addition to operating constraints there are manufacturing and transportation cost differentials between the plants. 

The Solution

The Optware System allows Norbord to view their multi-site business as a single entity.  The optimization system interfaces easily with the order management system to provide a seamless method for allocating orders to manufacturing plants in the most effective manner.

The Results

The Optware Enterprise solution helps Norbord get the most out of their manufacturing resource and reduces their freight costs.  In addition, Norbord has been able to improve the planning process and customer service through the use of this technology. 

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  • Steve Killgore, Vice President Solid Wood, Roseburg Forest Products

    “We picked up well over 35% savings in our manufacturing costs in a one year period”

  • Michael McCollum, President Procurement, Georgia-Pacific Corporation

    “We saved 1.5-2% of total fiber costs in transportation savings alone using Optware”

  • Rosie Steenson, Manager, Containerboard Division, Weyerhaeuser Company

    “Optimization allowed us to substantially improve our paper machine utilization across the Division”

  • Richard Dutchak, Engineering Manager, Loewen

    “We documented wood cost savings of just under $1,000,000 in the first year of using the software”

About Optware

Optware Solutions LLC was founded in 1991 (under the name Optware Consulting) as a company dedicated to the application of linear programming technology to the forest products industry. The first system installation was in a plywood plant in France. Optware Solutions has been a pioneer in the integration of relational database technology with linear programming.

Today, Optware Solutions offers a variety of state-of-the-art linear programming-related products and services. Optware Solutions believes that service is our business and we pledge to: place customer needs above our own, to protect confidential information, and to act in a professional manner.

Contact Us

12725 SW Millikan Way Suite 300
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 645-2390

16 Fell Avenue South
Burnaby B.C. V5B 3Y2, Canada
(604) 210-1290