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  • Gary Pine

The Industry-Wide, Supply Chain Visualisation Problem

Updated: Nov 1, 2021

Advanced and high-tech manufacturing organisations continue to invest millions of dollars in supply chain planning and management software such as SAP, Oracle, Blue Yonder (JDA), Infor, and Kinaxis.

This is normally part of an even larger PLM, ERP, and Manufacturing Execution investment that cannot be easily replaced.

Surprisingly, few if any of these software solutions offer adequate supply chain visualisation.

This is needed so planners can deal with multi-level Bills of Materials (BoM), multiple alternative production routes, with options that can change over time (of substitute parts, supply, or process).

JP, IT Director for Product Lifecycle and Supply Chain Management at a well-known Semiconductor Manufacturer said, “For a leading microchip manufacturer, the absence of network visualisation tools means planning is driven by a series of tabular views, and this is no longer acceptable. It makes it harder than necessary to plan and execute robust and efficient supply chains, and it promotes silo thinking. This is even more acute given the additional disruptions, well-publicised shifting demand, and new ways of working caused by the pandemic.”

The solution providers in question aren't incentivised to solve this. After all, every client has different visualisation requirements, making a generic visualiser hard to justify, versus some fancy new Artificial Intelligence (AI) or Machine Learning (ML) production planning feature for example.


BOXARR is the reference for interdependency challenges like production system and supply chain visualisation and optimisation.

Ian Poccachard, Chief Solution Officer of BOXARR said, “By talking to our partners in the manufacturing sector, we’ve built a simple to integrate RESTful API to our existing state-of-the-art Digital Twin solution. It lets customers cheaply integrate interactive data-rich supply chain visualisations that suit them, directly from their underlying information systems.”

Enormous benefits

According to JP, it means, “Faster, more optimal production planning and operations, that in the round: generates manufacturing cost savings; increases throughput to maximise revenue and save capital investment; releases cash by shortening flow times; and reduces risk. All this while saving peoples’ time because it’s easier to deal with complexity when it is visualised – spot master data quality issues and completeness of supply chain etc.”

Ian points out, “Visualisation built from a company’s underlying information systems is quick and easy to deliver with BOXARR for improved planning. It can also form an important part of your whole supply chain delivery watchtower.”

With turnovers measured in $Billions, two-thirds typically in the supply chain, end-to-end visualisation will quickly generate $10s of millions in annual savings for your business, and greatly reduce risk.

Why not reach out directly to our Chief Solution Officer to explore a solution adapted for you?


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