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Webinar: Improve Production Planning and Scheduling Visibility in Your Industrial Machinery and Heavy Equipment Business

An on-demand IndustryWeek-hosted webinar, sponsored by Siemens

Date: This webinar is now available on-demand
Originally Broadcast:
Thursday, September 12, 2017, 2:00pm EDT (GMT -4, New York)
1 Hour
Event Type:
On-Demand Webinar

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Industrial Machinery and Heavy Equipment manufacturers today must deal with:

  • Increased production complexity due to high product variants and customized demands from customers
  • Flexible Production Planning and Increased Configurability given the global competitive environment
  • Adopt Industry 4.0 practices to gain competitive edge through digitalization

In dealing with these new business requirements, the technological obstacles seem daunting at first. Industry experts have observed the following common challenges:

  • Many Industrial Machinery and Heavy Equipment manufacturers have challenges on Synchronizing Demand Signals with Manufacturing Execution.
  • Although Lean Manufacturing Principles have been existent in factories, technologies that sustain lean processes and documentation are yet to be realized.
  • Companies with ERP still have Production Scheduling done on disparate systems like spreadsheets, often leading to wasted effort and rework.
  • Over 1/2 of top performing companies are not able to quickly respond to customer demand changes accurately or even predict the impact of the changes on capacity utilization. 

Do any of these challenges apply to your company?

To get a jumpstart on bringing your production planning in line with the Smart factory, attend this “Improve Production Planning and Scheduling visibility in your Industrial Machinery and Heavy Equipment Business” Webinar where Mark Callison, President, Elmwood Reclaimed Timber, a Siemens customer for Advanced Planning and Scheduling and Connor Burns, Production Manager, Elmwood Reclaimed Timber will share the best practices adopted for production planning and scheduling and Nikhil Joshi, Founder & Director, SNic Solutions, a well-known Advanced Planning and Scheduling Subject Matter Expert to get industry leading insights in Industrial Machinery and Heavy Equipment Business.





Mark Callison, President, Elmwood Reclaimed Timber

Mark Callison studied at Northern Arizona University with an emphasis on environmental studies. His passion for recycling and the environment resulted in launching Elmwood Reclaimed Timber in 2000. The success of his company is due to a strong online presence, smart marketing, dedicated employees, robust technology and cutting edge machinery. He uses technology to stay ‘green’ and make the best use of all resources.

As the ‘Reclaimed Timber’ industry grew and sales increased, Callison realized that the planning and scheduling of manufacturing orders, employees and machines was critical to future growth.  Preactor is the production scheduling software in use at Elmwood Reclaimed Timber.

Connor Burns, Vice President of Production, Elmwood Reclaimed Timber

Connor Burns has worked at Elmwood Reclaimed Timber since 2002 and manages all production activities.  Elmwood has grown to be a company with over 40 employees, two locations, and customers nation wide. 

Burns was raised in a family that owns a small business where he established a strong work ethic at a young age. He earned an athletic, full-ride scholarship to play Football at University of Central Missouri, but after one year realized that playing sports at the college level was not for him.  He returned to work for the family business for three years. After meeting Mark Callison he changed his career path to join the team at Elmwood Reclaimed Timber.

Nikhil Joshi, Founder & Director, SNic Solutions

Nikhil Joshi is dedicated to enabling small and medium business (SMB) of the world achieve improvements in efficiency and delivery using technology.

He is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) with specialization in Integrating Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and Supply Chain Planning (SCP) systems with APS software.

Customers today are keen to work with manufacturers using technology based systems and processes increasing the pressure on manufacturers to move from a fire-fighting culture to a more proactive culture of predicting problems and doing something the problems in advance using manufacturing operations management technologies.

Under Joshi's leadership, SNic Solutions has enabled many Industrial Machinery and Heavy Equipment Manufacturers work towards continuously improving their manufacturing operations productivity, On-Time Delivery and Work in Capital Optimization. In the Industry 4.0 era, merely working on continuous improvements without technology enablement can lead to failure to sustain the improvements.

An Industrial & Systems Engineering Professional with more than 12 years of experience in Industrial Machinery and Heavy Equipment Manufacturing organizations, he is also an Executive Alumni of Harvard Business School and Indian School of Business. 

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