Transparent Planning Across Plants
Munich, July 27, 2022: valantic and Ottobock – a manufacturer of orthopedic technology and global market leader in the field of prosthetics and wearable human bionics – are inviting interested parties to Duderstadt near Göttingen to the Supply Chain Excellence Day on September 14, 2022, where they will introduce the Sales & Operations Planning software wayRTS, based on a concrete project. The software, which is in operation at Ottobock’s plants in Duderstadt, Blagoevgrad (Bulgaria) and Vienna, has improved the company’s capacitive scheduling of production orders and cross-plant transparency in the areas of supplies, inventories and bottlenecks.
The Supply Chain Excellence Day will kick off with a presentation of the extensive supply chain management project at Ottobock. This will be followed by a plant tour where guests will be able to get to know valantic’s Sales & Operations Planning Software wayRTS in detail. During a software demo, valantic’s process and IT consultants will explain how supply chain planning and control can be optimized in the age of digital transformation. way user companies can now register for the Supply Chain Excellence Day.
Supply Chain Excellence In Practice at Ottobock
The SCM project presented during the Supply Chain Excellence Day went into operation in August 2020 at the Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA headquarters in Duderstadt and at its Bulgarian plant in Blagoevgrad. Before the software was commissioned, capacity planning at Ottobock was limited and highly resource intensive, and production schedules were extremely volatile. After drawing up a PP/DS blueprint and technical specification, valantic’s APS software waySuite was introduced with the wayRTS and wayOPT modules. With the Advanced Planning & Scheduling (APS) module, wayRTS, and the automatic optimization module, wayOPT, production supervisors are now able to perform the capacitive scheduling of production orders with far greater efficiency. The capacitive optimization of workplaces and production resources allows homogeneous production schedules to be drawn up throughout the year. Ottobock now benefits from greater transparency in the areas of supplies, inventories and bottlenecks. At the same time, the overall effort needed for planning and control has been significantly reduced. Planners can now simulate order inquiries and order placements as scenarios in real-time without disrupting production. Once the simulations are complete, the chosen variant can then be imported directly into the productive system.
The real-time APS software wayRTS has meanwhile also been commissioned at Ottobock’s works in Vienna, offering a further advantage: The joint use of wayRTS benefits production control by greatly improving the transparency of inter-plant supply links and dependencies for in-house manufactured components between the Duderstadt, Blagoevgrad and Vienna locations.
Meeting of way User Companies
Ottobock will host the meeting of wayRTS user companies on September 15. Here, guests will be updated on the latest software developments of the APS system, and exchange hands-on experiences with each other and valantic. The way user meetings are a series of events that regularly provide valuable impetus for further process optimization and digitization initiatives based on the real-time APS software and beyond.