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Honeywell’s Optivision Business Logic software is set to improve production while reducing production costs at two of Applied Extrusion Technologies’ (AET’s) North American plants.

AET, a manufacturer of biaxial-oriented polypropylene plastic films used in consumer goods packaging, product labelling and building products, will use the Optivision Business Logic software – a manufacturing execution system (MES) – to control production costs by better forecasting its raw material usage, improving its planning and scheduling processes and managing production execution and quality.

The upgrade is part of the company’s overall effort to standardise its IT infrastructure and refresh its business systems.

Based in New Castle, Delaware, and with plant operations in Terre Haute, Indiana, and in Varennes, Quebec, AET’s customers include large consumer product companies.

Jim Burger, IT manager at AET, said: ‘We reached the point where supporting our legacy software did not make business sense due to increasing demands on our IT resources and risk of compromising our manufacturing capabilities.

‘Our customers cannot afford issues such as production delays or failure to meet order requirements.

‘Honeywell’s solutions will help us decrease those risks and keep our customers satisfied through standardised IT functionality and alignment with our business goals,’ he added.

Optivision reduces operational costs by integrating trim optimisation, quality, scheduling, shipping, tracking and order management capabilities.

As a result, manufacturers can control the entire opportunity-to-cash cycle using a single platform.

AET will use Optivision to integrate production data to streamline its manufacturing process, from accurate planning and order scheduling to final production.

This is expected to result in decreased raw materials consumption, improved scrap handling, planning and scheduling and minimised late-order exposure.

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