Avail is an integrated suite of Supply Chain Management tools
created by Areté, Inc.
Avail is the latest in a long line of proven Areté
products that have been implemented in hundreds of manufacturing
sites, plants, and distribution centers around the world.
Avail6 will help your manufacturing facilities
- Minimize production line changeovers
- Reduce material batching errors
- Reduce the number of production schedule changes
- Decrease inventory costs
- Substantially reduce out-of-stocks
- Further minimize the risk of stock-out across the source
network with the available Safeguard™ Deployment generator,
designed to utilize statistical methods based on forecasts
and related data
- Improve product rotation and reduce dumpage
- Substantially decrease inventory shrinkage
- Maximize transport loading efficiency
- Improve utilization of logistical assets such as production
lines and transports
- Centralize and organize enterprise information
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A full Avail system consists of six integrated modules that
help plants schedule production, raw materials, material batches,
orders and deployments to distribution centers and provide
historical inventory reconciliation and variance reporting.
These modules share common master data that describes all
product-site combinations controlled by Avail and can be installed
on several network architectures (application, file or terminal
server). The modules can be implemented simultaneously or
rolled-out in separate, distinct phases. Each Avail module
is briefly described below.
Avail's Production Module helps plan
production runs for the right time and in the right quantities.
It will identify capacity issues, generate and manage a schedule
and produce reports detailing scheduled production and batching
Avail's innovative Production Schedule Timeline
offers the ability to schedule production using multiple views
with which to evaluate and manipulate the schedule. The Timeline's
flexibility allows you to visualize the consequences of several
potential production scenarios to determine the best one.
Using proprietary sistering techniques, Avail enables you
to achieve significantly improved production efficiency by
synchronizing the scheduling and quantities of packages that
are run simultaneously or back-to-back so that both will run
Scheduling and the Safeguard™ Deployment Generator
Avail generates product shipments to
distribution centers (DCs) to ensure that each DC's inventory
remains at or above its Safety Days Supply level while making
sure that no DC receives more than its fair share. Proper
deployment of product is the key to efficient production scheduling.
Avail can generate bills individually, by truck, or for all
loads out of a particular location. Avail allows you to dynamically
evaluate and modify the deployment schedule. Avail will build
bills of lading subject to various constraints and objectives.
New to Avail is the available enhanced Safeguard™
deployment generator designed to further minimize the risk
of stock-out across the source network utilizing statistical
methods on forecasting error data. The approach of Safeguard
deployment is to allocate inventory in proportion to demand.
In order to utilize Safeguard functionality, users need to
carefully set Deployment Lead Days for each location, a factor
which is dependent on travel time, load out windows, and when
and how often deployment is scheduled. In addition, instead
of setting a System Buffer Days Supply for each product deployed
from a plant, Safeguard users need to set the Target Service-to-Sales
level. This can be a single number for all products, or users
can set product-specific numbers if desired. With Avail Safeguard
deployment, planning managers gain valuable assistance controlling
inventory levels while ensuring the highest levels of availability
for clients’ most profitable products.
When the production schedule is completed,
Avail automatically extends the schedule into the future and
explodes all scheduled runs through each product's bill of
materials to calculate expected future usage. All currently
scheduled deliveries are reevaluated against expected usage
to determine what action (accelerate, postpone, cancel) is
necessary. New deliveries can be generated, bringing materials
into the plant on a just-in-time basis.
Goods Order Scheduling
Use Avail's centralized Ordering
module to place orders according to set delivery horizons
for purchased product items from outside co-packers or suppliers.
Avail offers the flexibility of rolling up the demand of smaller
DCs to the plant, or sending the orders from suppliers directly
to the DCs, avoiding the cost of double-handling.
Avail provides three ways of recording inventory counts and
transactions. First, Avail automatically converts all entered
scheduled production, shipments, and receivers into actual
inventory events. Second, you can enter counts and unscheduled
production, shipments, and receivers into actual inventory
events. Second, you can enter counts and unscheduled transactions
such as breakage, dumpage, etc. directly into Avail. Third,
most transactions can be imported or merged through the Avail
Application Program Interface (API) from external sales settlement
systems or hand-helds.
Use Avail's Syrup Scheduling module to schedule and record
syrup batches, view and print batching tickets, batch logs,
and formula books. The system is set up with the formula for
each type of syrup that is batched, including a bill of materials
and set of quality control standards such as target brix and
pH. Given the code of the syrup, the number of units to make,
and the current brix of the sweetener (if used) the system
will print a batching ticket with each scheduled batch that
details the quantities of all ingredients needed. By calculating
quantities of each ingredient automatically, the syrup scheduling
module dramatically decreases the likelihood of a costly mistake
in the syrup room.
are five functional roles that drive the implementation and
ongoing operation of Avail. Each role has responsibilities
described in the Standard Implementation Plan. Click
here to view a pdf version of the Standard Avail Implementation