Free Production Scheduling software now available for German speaking companies

Preactor International now offers a free, downloadable software package that allows companies to schedule production to make optimum use of finite resources.

Online PR News – 07-December-2012 – CHIPPENHAM, UK – Small to medium-sized companies in the Germany, Austria and Swiss regions have good reason to celebrate. APS World Market Leader Preactor International now offers a free, downloadable software package that allows companies to schedule production to make optimum use of finite resources.

Preactor Express is a fixed configuration version of Preactor with the goal to be deployed quickly and easily by small companies. It is a fully-functioning, entry-level version of the Preactor family of scheduling products. Especially small to medium-sized companies can benefit from this solution as their requirements are ideally matched with Preactor Express’s functionalities.

All product information such as routing (operational steps, setup and run rates), resources, workcenters and shift patterns are held in a MS-SQL Express Database. Preactor Express uses the data to determine the optimum way to use resources to meet manufacturing deadlines. Its scheduling algorithm uses priority or due date to decide the order sequence, and generates a good, achievable schedule, days, weeks, even months ahead.

Mike Novels, Managing Director of Preactor International, said: “We launched Preactor Express as a way for companies to try out scheduling software without any financial outlay. The firms who download it have often been using an Excel spread sheet to schedule their production until now, and haven’t experienced how their productivity could be improved by using a specialist scheduling software package.”

Companies can download the software for free from If they decide to carry on using Preactor Express after 30 days, they simply activate it, which is also free, and can carry on using it indefinitely. Should planning and scheduling requirements become more sophisticated it is easy and straight forward to upgrade from Express to higher versions of the Preactor family.

“We are very pleased to be able to offer now also the German version of Preactor Express for companies in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. In the current economic climate Preactor’s APS solution can support companies to be more competitive and successful in their industry. As Preactor’s Partner in the DACH-region it is very important for us to support companies achieve enormous and achievable added value!” says Christian Stiefsohn, CEO MCP GmbH.

Companies using Preactor Express who later decide to integrate the product with their other systems, such as ERP or data collection, or who want to customise the software to meet the specific needs of their business, can upgrade to one of the full Preactor scheduling products.


Notes to Editors

For more information on the Preactor Group of companies, to arrange an interview, or for images, please contact: Valerie Goulevitch, Head of Global Marketing & Communications, or Leah Davies, Marketing Assistant, Preactor Group, on +44 (0) 1249 650 316.

About the Preactor Group

The Preactor Group of companies represents world leadership in production planning and scheduling software used by a wide range of businesses. Frequently integrated with ERP, MES and Supply Chain Management solutions, Preactor’s breakthrough technology is used by more than 4,000 small, medium and large multinational companies located in 75 countries.

The Preactor Group and its subsidiaries have established partnerships with more than 400 companies located around the world to provide local expertise to support the implementation of the solution for each company. These 1000+ accredited professionals offer a key resource working closely with users to ensure each company’s unique requirements are met.

The current trends in manufacturing are towards lowering inventory levels to reduce costs yet still being able to respond to shorter lead times to satisfy customer demand. Preactor offers a family of applications ranging from mid- and long-term capacity planning to detailed scheduling and is translated into over 30 languages.

Preactor celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. For more information about Preactor, visit the website at and follow on Twitter at

About MCP - Management Consulting Partners

MCP GmbH has started its business relation with Preactor in 2010 and is one of the main partners in Germanic region.. MCP provides implementation of the Preactor software and many years of experience in process consulting within the industry and logistics. Managing complex IT projects and successful process optimization are the core competencies of the management consultant and IT solution providers. MCP provides services to national and multinational companies in the manufacturing industry with expertise in aerospace, automotive, electronics, pulp, paper, paperboard, packaging and plant. ,

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