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We help make-to-order machine shops to profitably grow by 20% every year with production scheduling

Successful production scheduling is a time-consuming and cost-consuming challenge - we make it simple and affordable

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Although successfully running an ERP system, CIOvita's production scheduling always happened with homegrown Excel spreadsheets. This approach did not scale with the company's growth. Consequences were: lack of transparency, and hence loss of agility. Constant change and fire-fighting became the norm.

“just plan it helped us most in making sure we deliver on time. We have seen a 25% increase in on-time orders. Most important is: Each department can see the impact their efforts have to keep a job on track.”

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CEO
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Before using just plan it, Loynds relied on spreadsheets, paper lists and “lots of head scratching in order to calculate delivery times and ensure our engineering team had up-to-date work lists” as Richard Loynds, Managing Director at Loynds, remembers. The challenge was the missing transparency on what was actually happening on the shop-floor combined with rapidly changing processes. This missing transparency led to a constant miss of delivery dates, which put customer relations on risk.

"Now we have a firmer handle on the load of work on our shop-floor. Our on-time deliveries have improved by 37%, and our window into our capacity is realistic for the first time ever."

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MANAGING DIRECTOR
Loynds Intl. Ltd.

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Offering more than 35,000 SKUs while simultaneously managing to promise and achieve short delivery times became a challenge for CRG. Especially an improper scheduling process started to create serious issues. Guillermo Cardoso, Global Supply Chain Manager, remembers: “We were having a hard tome scheduling and tracking all orders. This was resulting in a loss of efficiencies.

CRG regularly syncs their new jobs from the ERP system with just plan it. Then the scheduler takes over and manages both standard and rush jobs – always with having full transparency on delivery time commitments and resource utilization. Hence, he can make decisions fast and firm. The result according to Guillermo is: “We have become more proficient at scheduling in the job shop, it is a visual, easy system for all involved to understand. Our on-time deliveries increased, our lead times were cut significantly and hence the throughput increased.”

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GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGER
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Achieve >90% on-time deliveries (OTD)

Cut your lead times
by at least 20%

Increase your throughput
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Production scheduling helps you to get your shop under control. You will improve your on-time deliveries, and get happier clients. At the same time, you can produce more without investing into new machines.

Both your top line (happier clients) and your bottom line (more jobs done due to increased efficiency) grow.

Each of your jobs is unique. Your routings are flexible, and customer requirements keep on changing. In the minute, a new rush order comes in, your manually created schedule is worthless, and chaos starts to rule.

just plan it adds automatic scheduling to your processes. It takes care for an effective, priority-based machine sequencing. Eliminate the need for outdated, manual, low return tools. 

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Have no visibility as to where your jobs are? Do you immediately know what to do when a machine breaks? Or do you need to check with a lot of people, and get a ton of information?

just plan it makes the entire schedule visual, and hence transparent. This transparency brings actionable insights, and you can take corrective actions in seconds, not after minutes or even hours. Stay on top of your shop.

The daily morning "schedule meeting" routine is expensive. Too many people are in one room for a too long time. They discuss the schedule rather then executing it.

just plan it lets different types of users collaborate on your schedule: Your operators can report actual data with an app-style experience on the fly. Planners approve these data, which automatically updates the schedule with shopfloor data, and which always keeps the schedule current. Say good-bye to long meetings, and get an always current schedule.

 

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$1.7k (one-time)

Individually coached start-up phase

Money-back option during On-boarding phase

30 days free usage as part of On-boarding

Coaching & user training by Dr. Elmar (scheduling specialist)

$109 - $569 (monthly)

Modular pricing: just pay what you use

Monthly cancellation (no cancellation charges)

Lifelong price guarantee (rewards fast movers)

Unlimited number of users (we charge per plant)

Return on Investment: <3 months

This pays off when you can take the 1st order that you would have rejected with your previous way of working. By experience: this happens within first 3 months of properly using the software.

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just plan it is a product of the German company NETRONIC Software. We were founded in 1975 and have been developing visual scheduling software for more than 4 decades. This is in our DNA. Our mission is to enable every SMB company to gain operational agility with visual scheduling. We have three business lines that all center around visual scheduling. just plan it is our youngest product, contributing to our company's success with very fast growth.

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Dr. Martin Karlowitsch

CEO | Co-Owner

Martin took over NETRONIC in 2011 as a management buy-out from the founder.

His PhD. thesis had a focus on performance management. Before starting the NETRONIC venture, Martin held various management roles in investor relations, sales operations, and Marketing both in small German and large US-based enterprise software companies. 

At NETRONIC, Martin drives strategy, innovation, and go-to-market. When it comes to just plan it, Martin calls himself the "chief enthusiast".

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Dr. Elmar Karlowitsch

COO | Co-Owner

Elmar joined NETRONIC in 2015 to help his brother Martin profitably grow the company.

During his university career, he focused on industrial production & controlling.  After that he spent 15+ years in various large German software and consulting enterprises that all operated in the field of production planning and execution.

At NETRONIC, Elmar drives finance and operations. Further more he is the company's proven scheduling specialist and the executive owner of the just plan it product.

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Jan Viergutz

Development Lead

Jan studied computer science and joined NETRONIC in 2013 as a junior developer.

He contributed to just plan it from day 1, and still knows every single line of code of it. Jan has grown with the software and has managed to develop an understanding not only for how the software is built but also for which value the software creates for our clients. 

At NETRONIC, Jan is solely responsible for the just plan it product. He is leading the development team building just plan it.

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Why buy from you? What makes you so special?

We are no start-up playing around with somebody else's money. We are a profitably growing company and build just plan it from our own operating cash flow. As company, we have 40+ years experience in developing visual scheduling products. We are convinced that this depth and breadth of experience is unique.

What happens if I wait?

The phone will ring, and your best customer will request an urgent job. You will have to squeeze it in - without knowing the impact on other jobs. You will start flying blind again, and rather soon your life will be chaotic fire-fighting again. In the midst of all chaos, a machine will break down and things will get worse. This will be (at latest) the next time that you wish you had started working with a professional production scheduling solution already.

What exactly am I signing up for? What are the features and benefits?

First, you will sign up for an on-boarding. This comes with a one-time payment. In the on-boarding phase, you will be coached and trained by a scheduling specialist. We will make sure that we understand your specific situation, your shop and your processes and will help you set up just plan it in a way that you get the most of it. The on-boarding also includes that we together establish a few routines that will enable you to successfully use the product on your own.

Second, you will sign up for the subscription. This is a monthly or annual payment. Both the amount and the set of features depend on the modules you chose to use. With just plan it, you only pay what you use. We actually use the on-boarding to make sure that you just use and pay those features that you necessarily require for your shop.

Independent of your choice of modules, you will benefit from experiencing profitable growth thanks to professional production scheduling. You will increase your on-time deliveries, you will cut your lead times, and you will grow your throughput.

Are there any long-term contracts?

This is up to you. We offer monthly subscriptions. They make sure that you remain very flexible and that you can cancel at the end of every month. However, if you like, you can also sign up for an annual subscription and pay one year in advance (at a better monthly rate).

How do I present this to my team?

You have two options to present this to your team: first, you can show them a video or recorded webinar (you find links to those at the bottom of this page). Second, you can book a meeting with a scheduling specialist and invite your team.

Is just plan it cloud-only?

Yes, just plan it is a cloud-only product. There is no option to install it in your environment. 

We typically update the product every four to six weeks. Having it as cloud-only product helps us to keep all customers current at any time, and also makes sure that you immediately can benefit from our investments.

Who are you guys, anyway?

We are NETRONIC Software from Aachen (Germany). We are a family-owned business and are run by the brothers Dr. Elmar and Dr. Martin Karlowitsch. Our company was founded in the mid 70ies already. Elmar and Martin represent the second generation of the company management, and took over the company via a management buy-out. We have customers on all 5 continents and also employ a very international team,

What results will I actually get from this?

You will win transparency about your jobs and resources. Actionable information will help you to increase your on-time deliveries, to cut-down lead times and to improve your throughput. As a result, you will experience a profitable growth of your shop - without being in a constant chaotic fire-fighting mode.

How much does it cost? Are there any hidden fees?

The one-time on-boarding fee is US$ 1,700. After that, your monthly subscription will be between US$ 109 and US$ 569.

There will be no extra fees when you add new users. You can create as many planners, viewers and operators as you need. The subscription fee is per plant. 

Of course, there are no hidden fees. To some extent we sell transparency. Hence, we love being transparent as well.

What's included in the on-boarding service?

The on-boarding service is a process, in which you are guided and coached by a scheduling specialist. Precisely, it includes:

  • Individually guided & customized starting phase
  • 5 Sessions with a dedicated scheduling coach
  • Productive setup of account: master data as well as functionality & modules
  • Ongoing helpful trips and tricks (web sessions & in-app chat box)
  • Consulting & support in establishing scheduling routines

We'll actually spend a lot of time with and energy for you. Hence, we are limiting to on-boarding service to 10 customers at a time.

What does it integrate with?

just plan it a stand-alone production scheduling application. We have a standard interface to Microsoft Excel so that you can upload your master data as well as your production orders via Excel. We also allow you to export meaningful reports to Excel.

We also have customers who work with various ERP systems such as Microsoft Dynamics, Sage, shoptech, iSync, JobBoss and others. We are capable of integrating just plan it with (almost) every SQL database-based system. Hence, we offer a standardized - unidirectional - interface to connect your ERP system with just plan it.

How secure are my data?

just plan it is hosted on Microsoft Azure, which has the most comprehensive compliance coverage of any cloud provider. As such, our servers are hosted in data centres with the following attributes (among others):

  • ISO/IEC 27018 Code of Practice for Protecting Personal Data in the Cloud
  • Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) STAR Self-Assessment
  • International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
  • Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Security Policy
  • HIPAA and the HITECH Act
  • US Internal Revenue Service Publication 1075
  • EU-U.S. Privacy Shield
  • United Kingdom G-Cloud OFFICIAL

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make-to-order machine shop now.

Professional production scheduling stops your tapping in the dark and your chaotic fire-fighting. It gives you control over your shop.

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