Grimme is a world leading manufacturer of machinery for the potato, beet and vegetable industry.
The company has more than 2,200 employees and manufactures over 150 types of machines that are sold worldwide.
A typical machine type consists of more than 4000 components that are produced and assembled using more than ten BOM levels.
Scheduling and executing the production of products of extensive physical dimensions is a complex task. It was therefore decided to switch to New MRP after a very challenging start with Microsoft Dynamics Ax.
New MRP now forms the basis for both short- and long-term scheduling at Grimme. Using New MRP, Grimme extended the long-term scheduling to 600 days with a daily creation of more than 1.5 million planned orders.
In respect to the short-term planning and production execution, Grimme uses the 24/7 real-time MRP capabilities that comes with the New MRP module to drive the manufacturing process.
The challenge of handling very large sub-components is managed by New MRP’s real-time capabilities. The complete picture of the current demand situation shown in New MRP is used to decide where to move the produced sub-component after each process to avoid running out of space at the physical factory floor.
The always-updated net requirement profile at Grimme is used to automatically firm planned transfer orders when productions are reported as completed.
One of the main New MRP features used at Grimme is the material distribution feature. This feature ensures that the produced sub-component is stored correctly in one of the 500 different warehouses.
The scheduling challenge when completing a process is to decide where to move the produced items. The produced items can be moved to the next process or to a temporary warehouse.
At Grimme, New MRP is used to make the right decision based on the always-updated net requirement profiles. If the produced sub-component is moved to a warehouse, the next crucial task for the MRP system is to ensure that the stored items can be re-found and moved to the next manufacturing process.
All this is handled automatically by New MRP in the background, using the unique material distribution featur