RedPrairie Corporation’s recent acquisition of ALTA A/S, a leading provider of Manufacturing Event Management solutions for automotive suppliers, has proven to be beneficial to automotive OEMs and suppliers, with the combined suite of supply chain tools for build-to-order processing, warehouse management, and logistics.
Today’s automotive industry is plagued with financially burdened manufacturers who have cut margins too thin, while trying to maintain profitability. There continues to be an industry-wide initiative to remove waste from the car making business, while reducing the redundancy found in parts supply production. RedPrairie’s supply chain execution solutions are designed to manage the automotive chaos with build-to-order processing, lot track & tracing abilities, error proofing, in-sequence part production, and logistics handling.
Specifically, RedPrairie’s build-to-order (B2O) solution provides a unique process flow control application that uses icons to pictorially illustrate the parts and sequencing process required for each customised end product. Once the business processes have been defined, the tool automatically plans advantageous and efficient process to dramatically reduce throughput times and allow significant flexibility to change the process should the manufacturing line require.
The automotive practice is important to RedPrairie and its new automotive practice with its sequencing capabilities will enable it to better serve its customers and the entire automotive supply chain. Also, because the functionality is integrated to RedPrairie‘s comprehensive supply chain solution suite, it will provide expanded functionality for third-party logistic providers who serve the automotive industry.
RedPrairie’s automotive suite for discrete manufacturing includes: Build-to-Order Assembly, In-Sequence Shipping, Tracking & Tracing, Build Compliance, Line Balancing & Scheduling. The Inbound and Outbound Logistics offering includes: Finished Vehicle Distribution, Transportation Optimisation, Warehouse Management System, Labour / Work Force Optimisation, Customs / Duty Management.