Results of Integrating Asprova with ERP

pentelA Japan-based manufacturer, that has been a subscriber to Asprova Production Scheduler for 10 years, thought that they needed to replace Asprova with SAP. This is all due to the fact that other factories had been using SAP, and it was becoming a trend. To keep up with others, the company decided that they should replace their Asprova with SAP/R3. However, this did not happen.

Why?

The company found out that SAP/R3 cannot fully replace Asprova. This is because the scheduling function of Asprova continues to be a big asset to the company – you can try it out too for free. And because of its flexibility, Asprova can be used hand in hand with SAP/R3. With some tweaks, the company found out about a way to use Asprova together with SAP/R3.

How is this possible?

In production scheduling, Asprova was utilized because of its speed and accuracy. Plans created by Asprova are returned to SAP and SAP creates and issues instructions to each production sites.

As a result, they were able to dramatically decrease their inventory—unshipped items are decreased by 1/4~1/2. The accuracy of orders’ due dates went up to 97~98%! The Information Systems officer interviewed by Asprova claimed that “Optimal scheduling brings satisfaction to our clients”.

Asprova’s scheduling capacity remains undisputed. If you’re thinking of replacing Asprova, you should think twice before you do it because you might be able integrate it with the product that you want to use, for example, ERP. And, with proper systemization, you will be able to achieve outstanding results.

Musical Instrument Manufacturer Reduced Lead Time, Planning and WIP Inventory by 30%

Good Feedback

One of the key factors that anybody would want to look at before trying a product would be feedback. This is one of the reasons why this international musical instrument manufacturer, that has approximately one-fourth market share in the whole world, chose Asprova. The scheduler was known to have provided good service to many other big companies.

Before Asprova, they also tried other software; in fact, they were using SAP as their ERP. But, it was not enough, they needed to incorporate data from outside of SAP’s scope, especially processes which are more complicated and has diverse details. They needed something that is superior and has exceptional scheduling abilities. They searched, and alas, they found our Finite Capacity Scheduling software wherein they were able to easily integrate with SAP. But, here comes something most organizations fear—the shifting stage.

A smooth transition

A good thing that the company experienced with Asprova is the fact that it does not only provide you the product, and then leaves you alone to fend for yourself. It initially provides a trial version where you can first evaluate, and then gives training, so that you could incorporate your actual data with the system and basically let’s you experience a smooth transition. According to the Digital Instruments Division leader in the company, “once you learn the basics, you are able to operate it fairly smoothly.” It also offers great training. “The perfect training system is one of the points that Asprova excelled in” the division leader adds.

A lot more rewards

Aside from the smooth transition, there are a lot of other positive effects that came along with the implementation of Asprova. We’ll cite a few; one of the highlights would be shop floor acceptance—and the compatibility of the product with the how the company operates. Others would be the scheduling time, production lead times, and WIP inventory that were all reduced by about 30%. Lastly, by optimizing setup, machine downtime was reduced and work instructions on paper were completely eliminated.