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CASE STUDY: How Saft SAS deployed sofco Supply Planning

Saft SAS has gone live with sofco Supply Planning at their first two sites, nine months after selecting sofco to power their Planning Project – This is how they did it…

Saft specialises in advanced technology battery solutions for industry, from the design and development to the production, customisation and service provision. For 100 years, Saft’s longer-lasting batteries and systems have provided critical safety applications, back-up power and propulsion for their customers.

Saft’s innovative, safe and reliable technology delivers high performance on land, at sea, in the air and in space. Saft is powering industry and smarter cities, while providing critical back-up functionality in remote and harsh environments from the Arctic Circle to the Sahara Desert.

Saft is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Total, a leading international oil and gas company and a major player in low-carbon energies.

The Challenge

Saft were looking for a system to accurately plan and resource production and supply capabilities across differing market sectors which included having detailed operational plans at production resource level giving Saft a Sales & Operations Planning overview at a strategic level.

Why sofco?

The purpose of the Project is to implement a Finite Capacity Planning and ATP/CTP systems in the Saft Batteries Poitiers and Bordeaux Sites followed by Demand Planning. Subsequently there will be a roll out to 12 sites over a 3-year period. Saft chose sofco because of the capability and flexibility of the solution to support the business process and evolving requirements.

The Solution

Saft selected: sofco Demand Planning, sofco Supply Planning; Available to Promise (ATP); Capable to Promise (CTP) and WIP Management. After going live, the system handles over 29,000 active products, 187,000 Bills of Material Items and 138 separate manufacturing processes covering both make to stock and make to order modes.

sofco Supply Planning gives Saft an in-depth Sales and Operational overview detailing capacity utilisation, Available to Promise (ATP) and Capable to Promise (CTP), along with a detailed Production Plan based on capacity and material availability across multiple manufacturing divisions. Since going live Saft now have accurate and achievable planning with targeted reductions in inventory and Work in Progress (WIP).

Project Summary


  • Accurately manage production and supply capabilities across differing market sectors
  • Supply Sales and Operational overview at the strategic level
  • Provide detailed Operational Plans at Production Resource level
  • Accurate Material Requirements to satisfy production needs


  • In depth Sales & Operational overview detailing capacity utilisation and availability to promise across multiple manufacturing divisions
  • Detailed Production Planning based on Capacity and Material availability
  • Material Supply Planning at Purchased Item level, based on accurate production demand |

sofco Supply Planning – Integrated Supply Chain Planning platform to maximise the returns from Assets & Investments

Nowadays supply chain networks are becoming ever more complex with many organisations turning to outsourcing and delocalisation and with increased distances between production and consumer locations.  It is vital to have the best level of alignment both horizontally and vertically to ensure the planning decisions made offer the very best solutions for the business and their customers.

sofco Supply Planning is a complete planning platform, aimed at offering a response to companies that need an integrated planning of production, procurement, distribution, replenishment and stock management, by synchronising flows at each node of the value chain, even in complex and distributed environments.

In this context, sofco Supply Planning helps to optimise business processes, enhancing visibility throughout the entire Supply Chain, which therefore becomes more agile, more efficient and demand-driven.  All of which is focused on achieving a better customer service level and on reducing overall operating costs for the company.

  • Improved customer service level
  • Reduced stocks of finished products, components and raw materials throughout the Supply Chain
  • Lower production, procurement and distribution costs
  • Levelled load peaks and maximised productivity by taking into account internal and external alternatives
  • Improved use of distribution resources
  • Shorter re-planning times and, therefore, planning-related costs
  • Exploit knowledge of limitations due to constraints
  • Greater efficiency in investment allocation

The feature list is extensive and includes Multi-Dimensional Data Modelling, Available to Promise (ATP), Capable to Promise (CTP), Work in Progress Management (WIP), Pegging Links, Simulation Capacity, Warnings, Configurable Alarms and Dashboards, Data Access via the web and Web services, Time Modelling, a range of sophisticated Algorithms, integration with Microsoft Office suite, VBA language integration, multi user/multi Language …. to name a few.

“We pride ourselves at sofco on having a robust, well established product, installed in many of the leading brand companies in Europe, that is functionally rich whilst having a great user interface”, explains CEO Keith Noble.  “We strive to provide great software and industry expertise at  affordable costs for our customers and sofco Supply Planning is a great example of fitting a product well to the needs of the market and providing solutions to the problems they face in their Supply Chain management.  Combining this with sofco Scheduling and sofco Demand Planning creates an integrated Sales & Operations Planning system. And most importantly, our Business Consultants have all been ‘at the coal face’ and provide a wealth of knowledge and understanding to our customers.”