Automotive / Assembly


In the automotive / assembly industry, the PearlChain software was built and used since 1989. Since then, PearlChain has helped assembly companies to upper their throughput, while lowering working capital using the PearlChain concept and the concept of Warehouse-on-Wheels.


Automotive / Assembly Business Challenges

  • Parts cover more and more distance to the assembly line
  • Parts have to flow in a reliable stream
  • Multiple car models are to be made on one assembly line
  • Cost reductions are key to being more competitive
  • Having an overall view on all assembly plants / lines on one screen


Critical Success factors

  • Availability of collaborative, integrated real-time planning and scheduling across all internal departments and suppliers
  • Use of multi-enterprise, “control tower” planning with suppliers and distributors
  • Integration with disparate systems


Achieved Results with PearlChain

  • 50% Working Capital reduction achieved at VDL Nedcar with PearlChain software
  • Reduction of stock with the introduction of Warehouse-on-Wheels, using Full Truck Loads (FTL) algorithms for both JIT and JIS parts
  • Combination of JIT, JIS and SILS parts in one and the same material flow
  • Throughput in MAN Munich increased from 90 to 150 trucks per day
  • MAN Trucks configures new PearlChains independently in 7 plants
  • Implementation of full MES system in Inalfa Roof Systems NL



Customer Cases


Case VDL Nedcar
Case MAN Trucks
Inalfa Roof Systems
Volvo Perfect Sequence Project