Logan Aluminum Inc. Selects the Quintiq Company Planner to Optimize its Operations

October 09, 2006 | Wayne, United States
Quintiq has announced that Logan Aluminum Inc. has signed a license and consultancy agreement to implement the Quintiq Company Planner at its aluminum manufacturing facility located in Kentucky, USA.

Logan, jointly owned by Arco Aluminum Inc. and Novelis Corporation, is an industry leader in terms of product quality, customer services, safety and cost performance. In order to improve on these and other KPIs, Logan decided on the Quintiq Company Planner after an extensive search for an advanced planning and scheduling solution.

Logan's specific objectives in implementing this advanced planning solution are to fully optimize its plant by creating more visibility and automatic planning throughout the entire supply chain, enabling it to more efficiently and reliably fulfill customer demands and deadlines, reducing inventory levels and maximizing capacity. It also seeks to address one of its more critical planning issues: fulfilling its constraint of assigning the capacity according to the contractual agreements.

The Quintiq Company Planner solution is user-friendly and flexible, yet so advanced it can incorporate complex planning rules and exceptions required by Logan. It can deliver on Logan's objectives because it maps each planning action including specifications, delivery due dates, constraints and shifting bottlenecks, as well as planners' decisions and their consequences. The solution takes changes in production, due to shutdowns and maintenance work, into account and allows real-time reporting and analysis of KPIs. In addition to optimizing the operational efficiency of the Logan plant, Quintiq will also facilitate a significant reduction in the time spent on planning and reporting and will automatically generate schedules that can still be manipulated in order to produce desired results.

"We have been looking for quite a few years now for a tool that has the capability to solve our unique requirements and optimize our supply chain by reducing inventory levels and maximizing our capacity," says Candy Hardiman, Materials Manager at Logan. "Many software vendors told us that they could model our joint ownership requirements, but Quintiq was the first to successfully demonstrate that in a proof of concept using our actual data."

The implementation started with an analysis phase in August 2006 and is expected to go live in early 2007. Following the implementation of the Quintiq Company Planner, future plans are to explore the possibility of implementing the Quintiq Scheduler to address detailed sequencing and batching issues.

About Logan Aluminum, Inc.
Logan Aluminum Inc., located in Logan County, Kentucky and jointly owned by ARCO Aluminum Inc. and Novelis Corporation, is a world class manufacturer of aluminum sheet products with capabilities and experience in the fabrication of rigid container sheets, building products, automotive sheets, distributor sheets, and food can stock markets since 1983. Logan Aluminum is a premier manufacturing facility with modern, high-speed equipment and technology available in the operational areas of ingot casting, hot rolling, cold rolling and finishing.

About Quintiq
Quintiq provides advanced planning, scheduling and supply chain management solutions. The fast-growing Dutch company, established in 1997, offers software for planning, optimizing and automating complex business processes throughout the enterprise. Deloitte has recognized Quintiq as being one of the fastest growing technology companies in Europe, and Gartner has acknowledged Quintiq for its innovative products and market presence. The company's HQ is in 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands and it has subsidiaries in Germany, UK, Malaysia and the USA. www.quintiq.com