The largest panel producer in the United States engaged Optware Solutions to help optimize order fulfillment and inventory management for their 16 plywood plants. Thousands of orders are processed through their central office every week.
In a multi-plant environment optimal order assignment is contingent on a number of factors including raw material availability, production capacity, manufacturing capabilities, component quality, panel lay-up options, panel grade yields, customer requirements and the like. In addition to operating constraints there are manufacturing and transportation cost differentials between the plants.
The Optware Enterprise solution helped this customer get the most out of their manufacturing resource and reduced freight cost by millions of dollars per year. In addition, this client was able to reduce staff requirements and improve inventory management through the use of this technology.
Steve Killgore, President, McKenzie 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”
Mark Shuholm, Manager, Containerboard Division, Willamette Industries
“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”