Finite capacity scheduling and planning for the machinery industry
To implement an advenced planning & finite capacity scheduling software
GAI S.p.a. was founded in 1946 in Pinerolo (TO) by Giacomo Gai and his wife Elsa. In 1959 the company moved to Trofarello (TO) and since 1972 has been lead by Giacomo’s sons: Battista and Carlo, helped by their wives Adriana and Renata. In 1985 all activities were moved to Ceresole d’Alba (CN), where the company has been growing ceaslessy. Today, the company is managed by the third generation of the family: Giacomo (Battista and Adriana’s son), is GAI’s CFO while Guglielmo and Giovanni, (Carlo and Renata’s sons), respectively lead the Sales and the Manufacturing departments. GAI is a robust family company, firmly rooted in its traditions, but with wide open eyes to the dynamics of the outside
world, strongly committing its presence in 5 continents through its network of top importers. In 2015, as in the years before, the company registered a growth in the sales now accounting € 36.500.000, and an even more ambitious goal, € 40.000.000, has been budgeted for 2016 .
In 2015 GAI completed a further enlargement project of its plant , which now extends over approximately 40.000 m₂ on an overall area of 170.000 m₂. The company currently employs 200 people. The new headquarter was officially opened in May 2016, celebrating at the same time 70 years of the company.
It was 2009 when GAI decided to improve its own ERP system integrating COMPASS to support the planning and scheduling process. The targets of the company were really ambitious – says Mr. Gugliemo Gai, the company industrial director – and the major motives to undertake this project can be easily summarised to the following:
GAI planning model is based on an MTO (Make To Order) approach, which is typical of the business, even though some assembliers and sub-assemblies are produced based on forecast data.
Compass software integrated with the AS400 ERP system:
Since COMPASS implementation the company improved its Supply Chain flexibility and responsiveness, increasing customer service level and optimizing internal logistics.