just plan it is production scheduling for high-mix low-volume make-to-order shops. From working with hundreds of shops, we figured out why some of them succeed.
How our customers achieved sustainable economic success with just plan it
Before using just plan it, Paneltech tried various systems. They ranged from simple spreadsheets to very expensive advanced scheduling software. However, they were not made for make-to-order manufacturers and hence “always had a point of failure”.
“We had a 30 to 40% increase in productivity in week one. The return on investment was within 1 or 2 months. As everybody trusts the software, I get less interruptions. This is actually giving me more time to focus on other things to take my business forward to the next level.”
Operations Director | Owner
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.”
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."
Loynds Intl. Ltd.
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.”
GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGER
Canada Rubber Group
We are no start-up. Our company is >40 years old. We do not burn money. We grow profitably.
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.
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".
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.
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.
Dave joined the just plan it team mid-2020 to run the businesses' operations in North America.
Dave has dedicated his career to assisting manufacturing companies in improving performance through strategic software solutions. He has had direct experience with many of the leading ERP and CAD/CAM providers.
Based in Florida, Dave is responsible for just plan it's North American customer success operations. As such, he is directly involved in introducing and deploying our software and methodology.
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.
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.
First, you will sign up for a JPI launch. This comes with a one-time payment. In the on-boarding phase, you will be coached and trained by a dedicated customer success manager. 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 JPI launch 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 JPI launch 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.
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).
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.
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.
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,
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.
The one-time fee for the JPI launch is US$ 3,000. After that, your monthly subscription will be between US$ 330 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.
The JPI launch is a collaborative getting started process modeled from customer success experience. Here is what it includes:
We'll actually spend a lot of time with and energy for you. Hence, we are limiting the JPI launch to 10 customers at a time.
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.
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):