Safran Seats GB reduces inventory by 36% using analytics


Safran Seats GB (Safran), a UK division of the aircraft interiors giant which specialises in manufacturing business and first-class aircraft seating (including Aura, Optima and Venus), has achieved a claimed 36% inventory reduction in just three months following the implementation of LeanDNA, a purpose-built analytics platform for factory inventory management.

Safran used the actionable inventory optimisation software to automate and standardise shortage management workflows across its seat manufacturing and repair and aftermarket inventory management operations. According to the two companies, prior to implementing LeanDNA, Safran lacked visibility into its data integrity, estimating that its inventory data was only 10% accurate, which left value-driving inventory opportunities hidden in Excel reports.

Carolanne Wilson, head of operations supply for Safran Seats GB stated, “Our homegrown shortage reports were painful, time-consuming and inaccurate, plus we were duplicating efforts across the procurement team. LeanDNA’s collaborative functionality gives us visibility into our data integration issues and makes intuitive recommendations to our staff.” 

“Balancing inventory levels with an ERP system alone is untenable within a complex manufacturing system,” said Richard Lebovitz, CEO of LeanDNA. “Our partnership with Safran proves that investing in the factory management level of an organisation’s supply chain will yield unprecedented business growth by empowering on-the-ground factory staff. LeanDNA automates inventory analysis, prioritises daily recommendations and adds critical visibility to procurement efforts.”

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