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SmartOps Production Planning with Pattern Optimization (PPPO) software licensed by NTN Bearing Corporation of America

PITTSBURGH--SmartOps Corporation, the provider of enterprise-class supply chain optimization solutions, announced today that NTN Bearing Corporation of America has licensed Production Planning with Pattern Optimization (PPPO) software.

“NTN chose SmartOps to optimize production plans that consider time-varying demand and limited manufacturing resources.”

SmartOps PPPO optimizes production plans that consider time-varying demand characteristics and limited manufacturing resources while providing visibility to production, setup, inventory holding and overtime costs.

PPPO easily runs “what if” analyses and graphically represents the production plans, production wheels, production frequency, and production sequences by manufacturing lines. The software minimizes the total cost of production by improving resource utilization, increasing throughput, lowering setup and changeover costs, and right sizing manufacturing batch sizes, cycle stock and inventory. According to John W. Husemann, Manager, Supply Chain and Inventory at NTN Bearing Corporation of America, “NTN chose SmartOps to optimize production plans that consider time-varying demand and limited manufacturing resources.”

“We are excited to add NTN to our growing list of customers that have chosen SmartOps to improve margins through efficient production capacity utilization,” said Martin Barkman, SmartOps President and CEO.


About NTN

Founded in 1918, NTN is one of the world's largest producers of premium quality ball and roller bearings, long recognized for the most stringent quality standards in the industry. With plants around the globe and a strong domestic manufacturing network, over 80% of the products sold by NTN in North America are made by one of the ten plants the company operates in the USA and Canada. NTN is committed to serving our distributors and their end users with a highly trained sales force, expert technical support and comprehensive training programs. In addition to NTN's strategically located warehouses and extensive inventory, its Verified Value Added™ Program ensures its customers continually receive the best value in quality bearing solutions.

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About SmartOps

SmartOps is supply chain planning that right sizes inventory and captures more sales for global enterprises. SmartOps captures the full complexity and uncertainty of your global supply chain, and makes managing it simple. Deploying SmartOps' solutions has dramatically improved supply chain performance at Fortune 1000 and Global 2000 companies in discrete manufacturing, consumer durables and packaged goods, technology, pharmaceutical manufacturing, distribution, chemicals and retail industries. SmartOps is an SAP Solution Extension partner and integrates with all leading enterprise application platforms.

Join SmartOps customers, industry experts and guests from many of the world's leading companies for this year's strategic supply chain conference, Inventory Optimization Forum 2012 sponsored by SmartOps in Chicago, IL on September 18 and 19 at the Peninsula Hotel.

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