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Production Modelling, which provides simulation, planning and scheduling solutions, has launched the third version of its Orchestrate planning and scheduling software. Orchestrate now offers a genetic algorithm-based optimiser, powerful systems interface capability, links to simulation software, seamless migration though the various planning levels (from long-term plan down to detailed short-term plans), and an interactive, graphical user interface. These features combine to provide a powerful system which can be interfaced with any existing business database and rapidly applied to a range of complex configuration, planning and scheduling tasks, such as Supply Chain Optimisation and sales and operations planning.

Glen Dimplex, an Ireland-based manufacturer of electric heating and domestic applicances, has signed a contract with Geac over three years, for the supply of a fully automated warehouse management solution at its new facility in the UK. In addition, Glen Dimplex has extended its existing maintenance agreement with Geac for an additional three years and has elected to be an early adopter of System 21 Aurora, Geac’s next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) system with real-time business process management (BPM) capabilities. Mark Kirk, head of IT for Glen Dimplex Group, comments: “The warehouse management solution in the UK will not only provide us with a fully automated system but will give us a real-time view of stock movement in the facility.”

Metadyne, the global designer and supplier of metal-based components, has chosen Sterling Commerce’s Sterling Integrator to improve customer responsiveness by ensuring decision makers have timely access to the right information. “We are looking to centralise our EDI processes and consolidate the information from a variety of disparate ERP applications,” says Dick Lefebvre, CIO at Metaldyne.

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