Anticipated savings will enable VIECL to invest in ERP
Preactor International, the planning and scheduling software company, has won a contract with Vulcan Industrial Engineering Company (VIECL), a leading Indian provider of standard and customised engineering services and products for core industries including mining, cement, steel and energy.
With a turnover of approximately £22m and operations in multiple countries, VIECL has ambitious plans to increase turnover five-fold over the next five to seven years. Ankit Gandhi, VIECL’s production project manager explains why the company sees the new relationship as integral to the expansion.
“We had talked with Preactor previously, it was clear from our earlier discussions that they had a thorough understanding of our business in addition to a thorough analysis of what our production planning and scheduling requirements were.”
“We recognised the cost savings Preactor could bring to our business and we estimate that these savings will directly help us to invest in an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system which will further benefit our business.”
VIECL works on custom projects which require bespoke routings, and the new IT solution will enable VIECL to accurately plan each new routing and monitor the progress of each project. The company receives castings from several different suppliers which, in the event of having to reject one, can seriously affect the rest of the assembly processes. Preactor’s “what if” capabilities will enable VIECL to see the impact of each decision and by doing so empower them to take the best planning decision for the company.
The implementation is underway and being handled primarily by Preactor Software India.
P J Yogesh, general manager of Preactor India, comments on the business win. “In addition to the proven pedigree of the Preactor solution, it was the demonstrable experience and expertise that our partner (SNIC) has that gave our customer the solid assurance that this was the best way forward.”
Johnson Mathews, manager, operations, of Preactor Software India comments on the implementation challenges. “Perhaps the biggest challenge is the fact VIECL has no system in place at all so we will need to do extensive training to help the workforce understand how the system works and to see for themselves the benefits it will bring to the company and to their daily work.”
The project is due to go live in March 2010.