Dofasco Tubular Products on Schedule with Quintiq


    Advanced Planning & Scheduling in the Steel Industry for Yield
    Improvement, Profit Maximization, Optimization of Inventory and Cost
    Visibility

    BRAMPTON, ON and WAYNE, PA, March 6 /CNW/ - Dofasco Tubular Products
announces that it has chosen the Quintiq Advanced Planning and Scheduling
solution. A framework agreement is in place to allow the roll out of Quintiq
in all of its 5 plants. The Brampton Tube Operations facility in Canada will
be the first plant where Quintiq will be implemented. The Quintiq solution,
specified for Dofasco, will support the company in its efforts to optimize its
production processes. With Quintiq being interfaced with the existing ERP
system, Dofasco plans to reduce inventories, maximize material usage, increase
cost visibility and improve delivery performance as well as workforce
efficiency. The Quintiq solution will create a single platform replacing the
existing diverse systems.
    Dofasco Tubular Products, a division of Dofasco Inc., produces tubes for
hydroforming in the automotive industry as well as other automotive products,
such as tubing for seating assemblies, instrument panel beams, cross members,
axles, prop shafts, door intrusion beams and stabilizer bars. The company has
3 Business Divisions made up of 9 Operating Units located in Canada, Mexico
and the U.S.

    Superior Planning - Optimized Production

    Processing of tubular steel products requires planning of various
production flows such as slitting, rolling, cutting, and finishing to be both
flexible and transparent. The Quintiq planning & scheduling solution captures
business rules, constraints and specific knowledge concerning each planning
action, helps planners to make better decisions and calculates their
consequences, generates delivery due dates and visualizes shifting
bottlenecks. Superior planning and optimization of the production process are
expected to result in significant cost reductions. Cost visibility will be
enhanced in order to maximize yield and to synchronize the end-to-end
production processes from slitting to shipping. Furthermore, delivery
performance will be improved by reducing lead times and workforce will be
scheduled according to manpower and capacities to optimize staff efficiency
while reducing overtime and shifts.

    One Single Planning System for Transparency

    The Quintiq planning and scheduling solution incorporates all relevant
planning information into one single system creating transparency along the
entire production chain. The solution provides Dofasco with the ability to
combine orders to improve the coil slitting process, and thereby reducing the
steel purchase volume to satisfy orders. With Quintiq, delivery compliance and
due date determination, based on customer demand and forecast orders, can be
increased and products can be allocated across multiple production routes. For
improved communication and traceability between planning and production, the
system also visualizes and offers the possibility to monitor all planning
decisions as well as the current status of orders, allowing for optimized
coordination between individual departments, e.g. production and shipping.
Changes in production will be taken into account, e.g. shutdowns and
maintenance work, allowing for real-time reporting, continuous process
analysis and feedback in form of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
    "We chose Quintiq because of its excellent reputation, experience and
ability to implement in a short time frame" explains Glenn Dumoulin, General
Manager, at Dofasco Tubular Products. "The technology will help us to optimize
our production processes, balance inventory levels and get our high-quality
products ready for on-time delivery. The technology can be adapted flexibly to
our requirements and to our complex production flows while offering full
transparency. The Quintiq solution will also help us reduce working capital
and optimize our slitting patterns to minimize yield losses."
    "Our software enables Dofasco to master its tubular business, to
visualize complex processes and boost the efficiency of its production," says
Dr. Victor Allis, CEO of Quintiq. "Dofasco's decision to implement Quintiq
emphasizes our expertise in Advanced Planning & Scheduling solutions for the
steel industry."

    About Dofasco

    Dofasco is a leading North American steel solutions provider. Product
lines include hot rolled, cold rolled, galvanized, Extragal(TM), Galvalume(TM)
and tinplate flat rolled steels, as well as tubular products and laser-welded
blanks. Dofasco's wide range of steel products is sold to customers in the
automotive, construction, energy, manufacturing, pipe and tube, appliance,
packaging and steel distribution industries.

    About Quintiq

    For more information: www.quintiq.com




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Tel. (610) 964-8111, E-mail: sharon.choi@quintiq.com