LSI’s commitment to helping manufacturers adopt and succeed with Preactor Advanced Planning & Scheduling (APS) software requires a deep understanding of you they are currently managing schedules, the impact of existing ERP systems, and your current and future growth goals. No two customers are alike and to use a “cookie cutter” approach would be unsuccessful, and could even be damaging to a your productivity and outcome.
LSI has applied this understanding and experience to perfecting a unique methodology called 80/Twenty that is driven by customer demand while delivering on exceptional customer service.
THE FOUNDATION LEVEL IMPLEMENTATION
The Foundation Level Implementation uses the “Agile” approach allowing LSI to quickly build an integrated, base Preactor schedule that can schedule and re-schedule your plant in minutes.
A Foundation Level Implementation gives you a fast return on your investment by quickly improving your ability to schedule your plant, helps you understand the full power of Preactor and most importantly, provides a mechanism for communicating and testing new ideas. Essentially the Foundation Level Model is the basic building block upon which all your future improvements will be made.
The Foundation Level Implementation includes the following activities:
The Two Day Assessment© is designed to explore all aspects of scheduling in your organization and how they impact your business. This is an on-site visit which includes:
- Data Collection
- Facility tour/review
- Analysis of current and future planning/scheduling requirements
The deliverables of the Two Day Assessment are a findings document which includes:
- Summary of the visit
- Identifies key issues and opportunities
- Includes a proposed solution to your planning/scheduling needs
Key Deliverable: Assessment findings
The design phase takes the findings from the assessment and details the plan of attack including:
- The project Kickoff meeting
- Functionality checklist
- Client contact/environment checklist
- Project Metrics
- Project plan
- Design sessions to address:
- Model design
- Rule design
- Integration design
- Customization design (optional, custom rules are not included in the foundations estimate)
Key Deliverables: Design Document
The configuration phase is the beginning of an iterative modelling process where the design is executed and fine-tuned. The iterative steps include Configure, Integrate, and Test.
Steps involved in the configuration phase are:
- System Connectivity
- Software installation
- Model template selection
- Table/Menu definition
- Script Definition
- Rule Definition
Key Deliverables: Base Preactor Model
Integration is done in conjunction with configuration. Using the Preactor integration toolset connections to virtually any ERP, MES or other database/data collection, systems are made possible.
Steps in this phase include:
- Inter system connectivity
- Integration template selection
- Template customization
- Mapping customization
- Data Validation
Key Deliverables: Integrated System
With our hands-on workshops the entire team is involved in testing, data validation, and functional testing.
Steps involved in the testing phase include:
- Model testing
- Integration testing
- Client walk through/Functional testing
- Conference room pilot
Key Deliverables: Testing Sign-off
Team involvement from all areas of the company from the start results in a smooth cutover, significantly reducing the risk involved in implementing a production dependent scheduling system.
Steps involved in the Deployment phase include:
- Cutover planning
- Development of the Schedulers Daily Task List
- Parallel test
Key Deliverables: Operational System