Challenges Faced in the Food & Beverage Industry Require a Specific Planning & Scheduling Tool

 Breaking News
  • Nestlé Inaugurates Packaging Research Institute Nestlé has officially inaugurated the Institute of Packaging Sciences, the first-of-its-kind in the food industry. The new Institute enables Nestlé to accelerate its efforts to bring functional, safe and environmentally friendly packaging solutions to the market and to address the global challenge of plastic packaging waste. Mark Schneider, Nestlé CEO, comments: “Our vision is a world [...]...
  • Three Meals a Day – The Key to Boosting Digestive Health Markets? The traditional pattern of breakfast, lunch and dinner may hold the key to boosting digestive health markets, according to Kerry Group, the makers of the leading probiotic, GanedenBC30®. A new GanedenBC30 report notes that 85% of consumers say they are interested in buying products with digestive health benefits, but only 45% actually do.1 Additional insights report on key [...]...
  • Deliveroo, Costa Coffee and BrewDog are the UK’s Fastest Growing Brands Deliveroo, Costa Coffee and BrewDog are growing in value faster than any other UK brands, according to the 2019 BrandZ™ Top 75 Most Valuable UK Brands, announced by WPP and Kantar. Vodafone remains the UK’s most valuable brand, worth US$26.5 billion (£21.5 billion), followed by HSBC and Shell. Deliveroo, at no.50 after increasing its value 54% [...]...
  • Arla Foods Ingredients Obtains GRAS Approval For Alpha-lactalbumin in Infant Formula Arla Foods Ingredients has obtained Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) approval relating to its use of alpha-lactalbumin in infant formula. The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued the company with a GRAS Notice known as a ‘no objection letter’. It states that it has no questions regarding the safety of fractionated whey protein concentrate [...]...
  • Java Republic is ‘Beverage Company of the Year 2019’ in Ireland Java Republic won the award of Beverage Company of the Year at the recent 2019 Food & Drink Business Awards. These prestigious awards celebrate the very best in food and drink manufacturing, retail, and food service across the island of Ireland. The Awards recognise the very best in the industry across 18 categories. For Java Republic winning Beverage [...]...

Challenges Faced in the Food & Beverage Industry Require a Specific Planning & Scheduling Tool

Challenges Faced in the Food & Beverage Industry Require a Specific Planning & Scheduling Tool
August 27
14:04 2019

By Filip Schiettecat, Senior Director Industry Management at Siemens PLM Software.

The food and beverage industry faces a set of unique demands that, when combined together, result in an environment that is particularly challenging for planning and scheduling.


* Variation in raw materials and demand – Seasonality and reliance on crop yields means that the quantity and quality of raw materials and demand can fluctuate a lot.  The planner needs to be in a position to plan for many eventualities and respond easily to the current situation.

* Short shelf life – Perishable materials and produce mean that it is essential to optimize the timing of production to avoid wastage.

* Strong price pressure from customers – In order to remain profitable in the face of pressure to reduce prices, it is necessary to ensure that the production process is running as efficiently as possible.

* Complex quality and packaging requirements – It is often the case that there are complex relationships between the grade of the goods and their suitability for particular customers or product lines.

* Complexity of production process – A mixture of discrete and process production modes can result in complex planning and scheduling requirements, often with contradicting goals for different parts of the process.

The Siemens solution for Planning and Scheduling is Preactor APS, a collection of software offerings comprising Advanced Planning (AP) and Advanced Scheduling (AS) products.

Filip Schiettecat, Senior Director Industry Management at Siemens PLM Software.

For companies who are in a volatile, make to stock environment and require a more dependable method to plan capacity and stock, Preactor AP offers a planning tool that has the convenience of spreadsheets but with interactive graphs to give the user full control over the results.

Preactor AS allows you to gain greater visibility and understanding of your manufacturing processes, and with it greater control of those processes, allowing better machine utilization, on-time delivery, impact analysis of ‘what if’ scenarios and identification of bottlenecks to give a few examples. Preactor AS is also suited to non-manufacturing environments, given that the principles of resources constraints are applicable across many industry sectors.

Unlike spreadsheets and other applications that are relied upon to produce long term MPS data that in turn dictates purchasing decisions, Preactor is suitable for working with large amounts of data, supports both constrained and unconstrained production, and provides a tool to perform ‘what if’ calculations with alternative scenarios that can deliver true cost reductions where it matters.

Focus on a leader in chocolates


* Capture shop floor data in real time

* Improve transparency and communication among Departments

* Make decisions in a more flexible, accurate and efficient way

* Improve visibility across the whole supply chain

* Optimize manufacturing processes.


* Faster sequencing of production orders

* More accurate production planning

* Improvement of production master plans update

* Enhanced communications among departments

* Saved 16 hours of planner resources each week

* Increase contribution to service level from 97.8 to 98.5 percent.

Focus on worldwide Cognac producer


* Plan the year-round work of all teams

* Organize the arrivals and exits of barrels

* Streamline scheduling for efficient barrel-to-shelf process.


* Realized a 12 percent increase in productivity

* Eliminated late deliveries of eau de vie to assembly sites

* Decreased amount of travel from storage sites

* Automatically generated reports.

Siemens Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) software offers a holistic solution that enables you to implement your strategy for the complete digitalization of manufacturing operations. Our portfolio provides end-to-end visibility into production allowing decision makers to readily identify areas to be improved within both the product design and associated manufacturing processes, and make the necessary operational adjustments for smoother and more efficient production.

Our products provide solutions for:

* Advanced Planning and Scheduling

* Manufacturing Execution

* Quality Management

* Manufacturing Intelligence

* Formulated Product Design.

Download a free license here and try the capabilities for an advanced manufacturing planning.

About Author



Related Articles

Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition 2016

Upcoming Events

  • October 1, 2019PPMA Total Show
  • October 17, 2019Future Food-Tech
  • November 18, 2019Plastics Caps and Closures Conference 2019
AEC v1.0.4

Jobs: Food Packaging

find food jobs

The Magazine

F&D Business Preferred Suppliers

New Subscriber

Subscribe Here