Product Packaging
North America

Custom production and supply chain planning for a leading manufacturer

Ajover is a manufacturer located in Columbia, making PVC films, disposable products (e.g. plastic Cutlery and Straws), aluminum products, PVC and polycarbonate construction products.

Ajover essential competence relies on committing to short service time at a competitive low cost. The industry production process is characterized by:
1) a mix of “make-to-stock” and “make-to-order” products, and
2) tight warehouse capacity dueto low-value/high-volume products.
Supply chain planning and scheduling is therefore critical for Ajover to maintain its competitive advantage and increase market share.
Before DecisionBrain, Ajover planners performed production planning manually. However, they encountered difficulty to account for all complexities:
  • Coordination across multiple plants
  • Production of intermediate and final products
  • Heterogeneous maturities and shelf lives
  • Tight warehouse capacity

DecisionBrain was tasked with implementing an integrated supply chain planning and production scheduling solution specifically designed for their needs.

A problem of limited warehouse capacity. A solution of synchronized production.

DecisionBrain developed a fully integrated planning and scheduling solution that considered all workcenters at the same time to define the optimal solution, while respecting manufacturing capabilities and constraints. The solution consists of two major components: a supply chain planning engine and a scheduling engine.

Supply Chain Planning Engine: This engine has visibility over all plants and includes all critical requirements. It embeds different complexities such as:
  • Machines, tools, raw materials and warehouse specifications
  • Material shelf life and maturity
  • Cross plants redistribution considering transportation costs
The outcome is a supply chain master plan that leads to reduced production costs and lost sales, thus maximizing profits. Moreover, it offers the flexibility to swiftly adjust for new customers demands. Thanks to its KPIs and reports, planners have a comprehensive view of all plants over the next few months.
Scheduling Engine: This engine not only defines an efficient work center scheduling that maximizes demand satisfaction, but also ensures consistency with the long term view of the Master Plan, providing several benefits:
  • Target inventory levels, as defined by the Master Plan
  • Intermediate and final production synchronization
  • Adherence to all capacity constraints
  • Low material waste
  • Possibility to easily react to unexpected events, for example, machine breakdowns

The project is in its final phase of implementation and has provided strong preliminary results.
Integrated Supply Chain Planning and Production Scheduling

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