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Improving on-time delivery in a complex production planning process

Vacom Vakuum Komponenten & Messtechnik GmbH is a vacuum specialist that produces many components to customer specifications. The 322-strong company operates worldwide and generates annual revenues of more than 35 million euros.

Improving on-time delivery in a complex production planning process

Vacom has 1,200 orders in constant circulation, each with up to 20 operations, two to three orders per machine per day, and a planning horizon of six months. The challenge was to resolve the conflicts between meeting all planned delivery dates and reducing overall costs (setup and lead times) while respecting certain constraints. In addition, manual planning was no longer feasible due to the high complexity of the production processes.

Improving on-time delivery in a complex production planning process

The solution was AI-based planning using MPDV's Fedra Advanced Planning and Scheduling System (APS), powered by Kayros. As an integrated part of MPDV's MES system, Kayros calculated a production plan with 28,000 steps on 700 machines on a standard PC in less than 60 minutes.

Improving on-time delivery in a complex production planning process

With the help of Kayros, Vacom is able to identify and avoid capacity bottlenecks in advance. The total time saved in production planning with AI-based planning is around 50% compared to manual planning. This has increased Vacom's production output by at least 10%.

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