When motion and control technologies manufacturer Parker Hannifin Corp. wanted to boost its global sales and operations planning (S&OP) strategy, it turned to the Logility Voyager Solutions 8.0 to support the initiative.
The Mayfield Heights, Ohio-based company makes technologies in eight categories, including aerospace, hydraulics, filtration, climate and industrial controls, and instrumentation. With such a wide range of products and a global operation to manage, the company needed flexible and user-friendly software.
Parker Hannifin had a number of must-haves on its supply chain management (SCM) software shopping list, according to Anna Marie Gerzanics, a corporate information technology specialist at the company. To fit the company’s plans for S&OP, the software had to handle the demands of a complex manufacturing environment and have features for manufacturing forecasting, manufacturing inventory management and replenishment planning, as well as support for multiple languages.
In addition, the software had to support 24 distinct business divisions. Parker Hannifin previously used Excel spreadsheets to manage S&OP at the divisions, but the method became too difficult to maintain. Finally, the new software would need to be easy to learn and simple enough to be adopted by multiple users.
“Our S&OP process relies on having visibility into every aspect of our supply chain operations,” Gerzanics said. “We found Logility met our needs and was one of the strongest best-of-breed solutions available.”
Parker Hannifin had previously implemented Logility Voyager 7.6, so upgrading to version 8.0 was a low-maintenance endeavor. The company’s implementation team consisted of only four people -- a development manager and three developers.
“We took a staged approach, which included a pilot program, and in all was a bit less than six months,” Gerzanics explained. “Logility’s resources were very helpful in guiding us and helping us to architect the built-in performance management capabilities.”
S&OP helps optimize production planning
Parker Hannifin uses Logility Voyager on a daily basis to generate the demand plans that are part of the company’s S&OP process. The software also calculates an inventory plan based on business parameters -- such as service level -- and then generates a replenishment strategy based on the calculations.
According to Gerzanics, the deployment has led to marked improvements in planning and fewer surprises throughout the manufacturing process. Logility Voyager’s performance-management feature allows Parker Hannifin to concentrate on areas that have the greatest impact on the company’s operations.
“Basically, our people are more effective, and we don’t get lost in the weeds,” Gerzanics said. “We stay focused on what matters most to our business.”
Logility Voyager also makes it possible for Parker Hannifin to communicate and work directly with suppliers, providing them with rough-cut capacity planning and the company’s raw material requirements.
“The intuitive user interface and Web design of version 8.0 accelerates our ‘what-if’ analysis and streamlines our ability to evaluate a variety of planning scenarios,” Gerzanics said. “In all, we are able to see what needs our attention more quickly and focus our resources on meeting our goals, instead of questioning the accuracy of the information.”