Since 2002, Boyum IT, with headquarters in Switzerland, has been focusing on the ERP system SAP Business One and on the development and marketing of industry solutions for the manufacturing and supply industry. Thus they have become one of the leading international SAP Solution Partners. Beas Manfuacturing's comprehensive solution provides quick and easy access to all company information and to those reports and documents that are needed for the decision-making in all departments of a company: Marketing, purchasing, accounts, production.
The industry solutions consist of several modules that are tailored to the individual needs of the customers. The module APS (Advanced Planning and Scheduling) is used for fine tuning when order times, processing times, transitional periods, capacity utilization, availability of resources and dates are crucial parameters in the value-added process. Here, Beas Manufacturing uses a Gantt chart to compare the schedule-relevant activities to the required resources. The visualization that is realized with VARCHART XGantt ActiveX allows the transparent representation of highly complex data structures with a high number of dependencies.
View of the scheduled work sequences with display of capacity resource utilization in the histogram
The Gantt chart in Beas Manufacturing provides the user with a clear view of the resources, orders and utilization in the production. By drag&drop the user can always and easily interfere with the scheduling. If, for instance, a machine is being shifted by drag&drop, all dependencies such as material, staff, dates, dispatching etc. are being recalculated and replanned immediately.
The program dispatches manufacturing orders to the available resources and in doing so optimizes the processing times according to fixed criteria. At the same time, all available resources are displayed in a second Gantt below. Thus the planner is able to manually select another production resource than the one that was suggested.
Even large amounts of data can be handled without problems.
"The communication between NETRONIC Software und beas went smoothly right from the start. The construction of a first version in a Powerbuilder environment was completed within four weeks. All requirements, amongst others the multilingual interface, could be fulfilled in no time by using the ActiveX control. Due to the very detailed documentation we seldom had to contact the NETRONIC support. If we needed help, however, the support responded quickly and in a professional way"
Martin Heigl, development manager of Boyum IT
Encouraged by the positive experience, Boyum IT will continue to use VARCHART for their planning visualizations.
Today, Dickies uses the „Visual Embroidering Scheduler“, thus not only gaining much more overview for their planning but also a considerably better machine utilization without getting into trouble with their delivery dates.