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50% OTD improvement while reducing personnel costs by 20%

Executive summary

Impact Stamping's production is characterized by the highest level of customization, where a thorough consultation with its customers about the product design and the creation of a prototype is the first step before an order is placed. Timely delivery is crucial for these products, which are often associated with promotions or special events. Exceeded delivery dates and constant firefighting on the shopfloor were part of Impact Stampings' everyday operational life.

Today just plan it gives Impact Stamping

  • Visible approach to gain transparency of the shopfloor activities
  • Finite scheduling capabilities to get reliable delivery commitments
  • Capability to schedule machine and operator resources simultaneously
  • Functionality to track the shopfloor progress

The production scheduling challenge

Naturally, customers are eager to know if Impact Packaging can meet their desired delivery date. Initially, Impact Stamping did not have a special scheduling tool in place. What they did to tackle the “OTD challenge” was to add an extra 2-3 weeks to the production start date as a default estimate. However, this simplified approach had its drawbacks. Delays in prototype approval or lengthy design consultations often result in production start delays and put the delivery date at risk. 

To meet the delivery deadlines, the company resorted to enlisting the help of additional staff and making employees work overtime. 

"We tried throwing more people at the problem, but it didn't actually solve the underlying issue."
- Ankit Parikh, President & Owner of Impact Stamping

About Impact Stamping

Impact Stamping stands out as a leading provider of innovative packaging and print finishing solutions. They specialize in creating high-quality gift boxes tailored to each customer's unique specifications, encompassing both the shape of the product and the printing design.

About job shop scheduling

Have a look at our ultimate guide to visual job shop scheduling if you want to take a deep dive into this topic.

Production scheduling with just plan it

Now, committed delivery deadlines are effortlessly met. Once the planner enters the job details in just plan it, including the planned release date, the job data is saved with the status "quoted”. Ankit explains: " Based on this data, the automatic finite scheduling system of just plan it calculates the next available delivery date, taking into account both the availability of required resources and the priority of jobs. This allows us to communicate a precise timeframe to our customers. For instance, if an order is released in 2 days, we can confidently promise delivery in 7 days. This streamlined process is also beneficial for the design teams, as they now have a clear understanding of when they need to be ready to meet the deadline."

"First and foremost, I witnessed that we gained visibility of what is happening in our shop. After years of flying blind, it's great to finally have the reins in my hand again. This enabled us to achieve a remarkable improvement in the efficiency of our shop floor operations”, 
-Ankit Parikh

Learning and using just plan it

With the personal assistance of just plan its scheduling expert, Dave, Ankit efficiently prepared his master and order backlog data and seamlessly uploaded it into the just plan it app. After some fine-tuning and coaching, the production scheduling and execution for Impact Stamping with just plan it went live within a week.

"I am very happy with what we have achieved with just plan it after such a short time. The launch process was quick and smooth. On the first day of use, we gained transparency about the shop floor activities. Based on that, we significantly improved on-time delivery and could even cut personnel costs.
-Ankit Parikh

In just a short period, Impact witnessed remarkable triumph with the implementation of just plan it. Ankit Parikh, President & Owner of Impact Stamping:

We completely trust the delivery dates now. Overall, we have improved our OTD rate by around 50% so far. Overtime is no longer a concern for us. And we no longer need to hire temporary staff, which has significantly contributed to cutting costs.