Preactor International is a UK-based company, formed in 1984 and who specializes in the development and resale of advanced planning and scheduling software. With more than 4000 customers in 75 countries and more than 5500 licenses in use across the world, PREACTOR® is the price / performance leader in every market it has a presence in and the fastest growing company in the APS industry.

Here below are the Top 10 most important reasons that differentiate Preactor from its competitors and why it is the ideal advanced planning and scheduling solution for your company:

1- Preactor is a stable, proven product, constantly evolving

Preactor is not new to this market. The Preactor product family of software has been commercially available since 1993, is implemented in more than 75 countries, in over 4000 companies of all sizes using over 5500 licenses. Preactor reinvest yearly a minimum of 30% of its revenues in R&D and constantly sets new standards for product innovation in the field. A new major version is released every year.

2- Many versions are available for different needs

Preactor offers a complete product family of upward-compatible scheduling solutions, from simple scheduling needs to complex multi-site supply-chain environments. As you can migrate at any time to a higher version and be credited for 100% of your initial software license investment, you only have to pay for your immediate needs and your initial investment is always therefore protected.

3- Ease of use - Intuitive user-interface

Preactor is very easy to use. Most of the functions used on a day-to-day basis are regrouped under one screen. Numerous icons, visual aids, configurable screen formats and search criteria are used to accelerate processing of tasks.

4- Very complete Training mode and Help

Each Preactor version includes a very detailed help system where one can search on any feature related to Preactor's operation, customization and even scheduling concepts. Furthermore a training mode will give the planner a virtual guide to validate his knowledge of the system.

5- Preactor is available in different languages

Since Preactor is deployed and supported worldwide, it is no surprise that the application is available and supported in multiple languages such as English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese to name a few.

6- Preactor can simulate different scenarios and compare them for effectiveness

It is possible to "test" several usual scenarios encountered in a typical day. For example, one might want to verify the impact of adding a new RUSH order in production prior to confirming delivery to the customer. Similarly, we could compare an initial plan with its actual status (before and after a vacation period for some key employees for instance).

7- Extensive KPI (Key Performance Indicators) and Reporting

Preactor contains several standard global and resource specific KPI as well as many reports. In addition, the Microsoft Visual Studio and Reporting Services can be used to add new reports or modify existing ones. Data exporting features as well as savings of results in HTML and EXCEL formats are supported.

8- Interfacing with ERP, MES & other systems

Preactor adapts to your business and not the opposite. As such 2 techniques can be used to interface Preactor with external systems. The first one uses an import / export wizard and ASCII files. The second one, available from P200 and up, consist in using Preactor ACTIVE-X librairies to develop a link that directly interconnects Preactor to any ODBC-compliant data source. By using the same principle, BAPI-type compliant interfaces can also be developed. Furthermore, a growing number of well-known ERP systems already have standard links with Preactor.

9- Customise Preactor to fit your environment without changing "core" programs

Preactor is the most flexible scheduling software available on the market today. It has been developed with the assumption that most projects will require a certain level of customisation and that to modify the core programs is not an option. Whether simply some different data views, or a new functionality linked to a database is required, Preactor answers the call.

In order to accomplish this, the designers of Preactor removed the menus and databases logic from the core programs to incorporate them into control files. This, combined with a series of interpreted commands once read when Preactor loads, allow a high level of flexibility.

It is also possible to develop custom processing functions using Visual-Basic and Preactor ACTIVE-X librairies, and incorporate them seamlessly in the application. Within Preactor APS module, a feature (OPB: Open Planning Board) allow user-defined development of complex scheduling rules. This is used when all existing standard rules do not fully meet the customer requirements.

This solid architecture explains how the same product, without changes to the core programs, can be used in such a variety of sectors and can support all production processes and methods. Standard configuration templates exist for most industries and can be reused to minimize consulting in the configuration process. In many cases, no additional configuration will be necessary.

10- Best price/performance ratio of the APS industry

Preactor is the price/performance leader in every market it has a presence in. Thanks to the open architecture and the ease of customisation, most projects only require a couple of weeks of consulting. Furthermore, since the client is not dependent on their sofware provider or VAR for configuration, it is not uncommon for companies who can count on multi-disciplinary MIS teams, to undergo a Preactor project without outside assistance, except for the initial training. This leads to very fast ROI usually met in a couple of months.