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AMSTRONG WORLD INDUSTRIES INC: Armstrong World Industries Improves Decision Making in the Supply Chain with IBM ILOG LogicNet Plus XE

 Armstrong World Industries, Inc.
Supply Chain Optimization Planning & Scheduling Distribution

Armstrong World Industries, Inc. is a global leader in the design and manufacture of floors, ceilings and cabinets with a focus on innovation, design and environmental sustainability. In 2009, Armstrong’s consolidated net sales totaled approximately $2.8 billion. Based in Lancaster, PA, Armstrong operates 35 plants in nine countries and has approximately 10,200 employees worldwide.

Business need:
Armstrong World Industries (Armstrong) operates a complex supply chain. The 35 plants across nine countries have multiple production lines, have different capability, make multiple types of products, are organized into different business units and geography, and support a multiple distribution centers and many customers.

Armstrong created a central group with responsibility to model their supply chain and answer the questions from the different business units and geographies. Armstrong selected IBM ILOG LogicNet Plus XE (LNP XE) as the modeling tool because of its capability to model both manufacturing and distribution, its ease of use, and the excellent support.

Because models are archived and data is readily available, the group can quickly complete ad hoc studies.

By having this capability, Armstrong has taken significant transportation, warehousing and manufacturing costs out the supply chain; added capacity in growing markets in a timely manner; removed capacity in shrinking markets; responded when major customers restructured their supply chain; answered many questions to help improve the supply chain

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