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Indo-Canadian duo launching software that can revolutionise SME Indian manufacturing [Sep 2011]

September 26, 2011 10:13 am

Pune based ERP software maker PCSoft and Canada’s Taylor Group launches innovative production scheduling software which will empower small and medium sized Indian manufacturers to drastically improve plant floor operations
Pune based ERP software maker, PCSoft, has joined hands with Canada’s Taylor Group to launch a highly simplified and low-cost Advanced Production Planning and Scheduling (APS) software. According to PCSoft, this software tool can empower SME Indian manufacturers, who otherwise have limited financial resources and technical expertise to optimise their plant floor operations due to real-time visibility and greater management control. So far APS usage has been the privilege of only large manufacturing corporations in India, with sizable turnover. Through DecisionOne, even small Indian manufacturers and assembly setups will be able to adopt popular new-age productivity boosting precepts such as capacity planning, just-in-time inventory control and lean manufacturing.
Small and medium sized Indian manufacturers are increasingly aware that persisting slowdown in world economies provides them a golden opportunity to find a place in the global manufacturing chain. However, to compete internationally, the typical small-sized Indian manufacturer has to be far more efficient than it has been in the past. Over the years process analysts and ERP implementers from PCSoft, who primarily serve the manufacturing sector, discovered a great amount of ‘process waste’ emanating from most small scale manufacturers in India. Although the concept of ‘process waste’ may seem straight forward, it may be quite nebulas to identify. Japanese production experts have famously identified three broad types of waste: Muda (wasteful activities), Mura (unevenness) and Muri (overburden).
The Indo-Canadian duo claim that the use of professional planning and scheduling technology has been acutely missing among small industries in India so far. Even today a large number of manufacturing factories in India use manual methods of scheduling production and planning capacity, especially within set-ups of small magnitude. Such manual means have very low degree of precision and can prove highly wasteful by leading to problems such as blind procurement, excessively long production cycles, delayed delivery and ultimately unsatisfied customers. Manual production planning typically leads to tremendous waste of manpower, material resources and time, ultimately rendering profit margins to paper thin values if not running into negative. Apart from optimisation, APS also enables greater flexibility, since it readily adapts to changes in demand, resource capacity or material availability.In a joint statement, PCSoft’s spokesperson, expressed that “Small Indian manufacturers could leap ahead in the global arena if they optimise usage of their limited resources which includes machines, tools, dies, operators, manual laborers etc. In fact India itself can become a global manufacturing hub, a preferred destination for relocation or outsourcing, if SME operations become highly efficient in this way.”

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